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Healthy Hooves Across America

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Horse owners from coast to coast are concerned with keeping their horses’ hooves healthy and strong. Learn these three owners’ smart secrets for keeping their horse’s hooves going strong despite the challenges of their different environments. Location: Washington Horse Profile:

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Time Takes A Toll

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Your horse’s joints are under stress. Are you giving him the support he needs to keep going strong throughout his career? All horses are at risk for developing osteoarthritis, even ones that haven’t been ridden a day in their lives.

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Monsters in the Ring

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It’s a crisp fall afternoon, and you’ve been looking forward to your ride all day. You saddle up your horse, start to warm up, and on your third pass around the ring, your horse becomes convinced there’s a monster behind

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Peek in Our Paks – Whitney F

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This Month’s Pick Staff Member: Whitney F Department: Customer Care Horse: Eclipse Discipline: Hunter/Jumper I started riding lessons when I was about 5 years old and before that you could often find me and my dad escaping to the local

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Grazing without the Grass

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Your horse was designed to spend his days roaming and grazing, thriving on the nutrients found in fresh grass. The benefits of constant grazing are plentiful, but acres of fresh pasture can be hard to come by, especially in the

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Peek in Our Paks: Becki G.

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SmartPaker Bio: Becki, Marketing Fred, 29-year-old Quarter Horse gelding All about Becki: “I started riding at age two and did 4-H and local shows before moving on to AQYHA and AQHA shows. As Vice President of Western and Business Development,

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Superman’s Big Move

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Last April I decided to move Superman to a new barn. I was moving closer to work, and the barn was in the opposite direction, and it was just a little too long. I had boarded Superman at the same

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Travel

Peek in Our Paks – Reneé P

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore. This Month’s Pick Staff Member: Reneé Portnoy Department: Merchandising Horse: Smokeshow City Discipline: Racing

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SmartVites: A Multivitamin Makeover

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Did you know that the SmartVites were some of the first SmartSupplements ever created? They’ve been popular with horse owners all over the country for the past seven years, and they recently got makeover. We’re excited to give you the

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Newman’s Colic Surgery

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You all know Dr. Lydia Gray as the brilliant brain behind our weekly Ask the Vet series, but did you know she’s a rider and horse owner herself? In this blog, she gives you a behind the scenes look at

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Stories & Adventures

Quiz: At Risk for Ulcers?

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An astounding 60% of performance horses suffer from gastric ulcers. Do you know the risk factors and warning signs to look for? Take our quiz to find out if your horse is at risk. Factor: Living Situation Stalled only, no

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Building A Better Diet

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Modern horse keeping is sometimes at odds with how horses were designed to live and eat, but luckily there are realistic steps you can take to build your horse’s ideal diet from the ground up. 1. Forage In their natural

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The Myth of the Bad Horse

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What’s this horse’s problem? Some people may say that his bad attitude is “just the way he is,” but if you get to the root of the problem, you may be able to find the solution for a happier, healthier

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The Numbers Don’t Lie

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60% of lameness problems in horses are related to osteoarthritis 20 bones in your horse’s legs 6 bones in each hock Hock injections can set you back up to $1000 50% of jumpers and grand prix dressage horse studies have

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Falkner’s Eye Injury

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On September 4th 2012, I received a call from the barn. The fact that I was receiving a call was alarming since they only call when something bad has happened. Texting is the usual form of communicating these days. I

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Stories & Adventures

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