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Dog of the Month: Rue

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By now, you’ve probably heard that one of the many perks about working for SmartPak is that we have a dog-friendly office (pretty cool, right?). While you might think that this would make for a loud and stressful work environment,

Posted in Canine Employee of the Month

What’s New at SmartPak: September

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We work hard to make sure that you’ll be able to make the most of your time at the barn with the gear we’ve found just for you. That’s why our selection of tack, apparel, barn gear, and more gets

Posted in Blogs, Gear Review

Enter Our Helmet Awareness Day Contest!

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Thanks to everyone who entered! This contest is now closed for entries and the winners will be announced on SmartPak’s Facebook page at 5:00PM (EST) on Friday, September 16th. We teamed up with your favorite helmet brands to bring you

Posted in Blogs

How to Prepare Your Horse (and Your Barn) for Winter

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While it’s hard to think about blankets and snowstorms now, cooler weather really is on its way! In a few short weeks it will be fall and for us New Englanders, that means that hot weather is officially over and

Posted in Lists, Stories & Adventures

We Heart Our Helmets

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When I first started taking lessons at age 10, my mom made me promise to always wear a helmet when I ride and other than one crazy double bareback ‘trail ride’ (breakneck gallop through the woods) at a friend’s house

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V is for Veterinary Care

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Your veterinarian is your best resource when it comes to your horse’s health. Partner with him or her to take a proactive approach in caring for your horse. Develop an Annual Wellness Program One of the best ways you can

Posted in Healthy Horses A to Z

Janitor Tier I – 1st and 2nd Shift

Performs jobs within all areas of SmartPak.  This position deals with the maintenance and cleaning of all office, cubicle, Production and Warehouse areas as well as all bathrooms and kitchen/break areas. Essential Job Functions: Able to understand and follow directions

Posted in Jobs

Behind The Scenes at Arlington International Racecourse

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I’ve always been a sucker for the “ponies,” even before I purchased (for $1) my off-the-track Thoroughbred Distinct Leader or “Leader.” I watched, live on TV such as it was back then, the 1977 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Storing Equine Medications

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Can I keep pain medications like Bute and Banamine in my tack room or will they go bad? It’s not heated or air conditioned, but it’s insulated and we keep it closed up so it doesn’t get quite as hot

Posted in Ask the Vet, Blogs

V is for Vaccinations

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As horse owners, we know there’s a lot that can go wrong in the barn, and it often feels out of our control. Luckily, protecting your horse against common diseases is one thing you can control. Annual vaccinations are essential

Posted in Healthy Horses A to Z

U is for UV Protection

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From skin cancer to fading coat colors, the sun’s UV rays can be harmful for both you and your horse. Luckily, you can still have fun in the sun with our top picks for UV protection. For Your Horse Keep

Posted in Blogs, Healthy Horses A to Z

Horse of a Lifetime

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I know you’ve heard the phrase “horse of a lifetime” a time or two if you are part of the horse world. The truth is I have a few horses that qualify as the “horse of a lifetime”. Each of

Posted in Stories & Adventures

T is for Temperament

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Whether you have an inattentive horse, a spooky horse, or a moody mare, a challenging temperament can make everything from grooming to riding to grazing a miserable experience for both of you. Luckily, there’s more you can do than just

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Healthy Horses A to Z

How to Choose a Reinsman Bit

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Does choosing a Western bit leave you baffled? We teamed up with Robb Thomas from Reinsman to bring you these videos about how to choose a bit for your horse:            

Posted in Blogs, How To, Videos

#TBT – Junior Hunter Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park

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This year the Junior Hunter Finals took place in Devon, PA back in July. It brought back memories of when I was still a Junior and got to compete in them. While I’m not really too far into my amateur

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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