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Food For Thought

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Not all grain is created equal, so how do you choose? After reading up on your horse’s gastric and digestive health, you now know how much your horse’s diet can impact his overall health. But did you know that not

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It’s What’s Inside That Counts

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Many performance horses need support in four key areas, so we combined four of our smartest supplements into one comprehensive formula. Riders love it because it has a full serving of the best ingredients SmartFlex® III Resilience Comprehensive joint, tendon

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A Day in the Life of a Hoof

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From the dewy morning grass to the dusty sand ring, environmental shifts can take a toll on his hoof health. Frequent, dramatic moisture shifts cause the hooves to rapidly expand and contract, which can lead to cracks, fissures, and other

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An Eye for Trouble

After six weeks of seeing my horse six times a day, the lavage was finally taken out. The only residual effect of the treatment was a little loss of hair due to the tape around his eye.

After owning my APHA gelding for over 15 years now, nothing surprises me. I, like many horse owners that board their horses, still get that sinking feeling when you see your barn manager’s phone number pop up on your phone.

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Foregut or Hindgut? That’s The Question – Part 2

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Knowing what sort of support your horse needs can be tough, but it can also make a big difference. We know there’s a lot of confusion between your horse’s foregut health and hindgut health. After all, the process of breaking

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Peek in Our Paks – Melissa H.

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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: Melissa H. Department: Merchandising Horse: Drago Discipline: Hunter/Jumper I

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Foregut or Hindgut? That’s The Question – Part 1

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Knowing what sort of support your horse needs can be tough, but it can also make a big difference. We know there’s a lot of confusion between your horse’s foregut health and hindgut health. After all, the process of breaking

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Superman’s Battle with the Bugs

I’ve been looking forward to spring and the arrival of warmer weather for a lot of reasons (like being able to ride without feeling like a marshmallow under five layers of clothes), but there’s one thing about spring that I

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Big League Bug Busters

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SmartPak Deluxe Fly Sheet with Insect Shield® Strengths: Triple threat: insect repellent, mesh sheet, and UV protection. This durable fly sheet is the last line of defense to keep bugs from scoring a tasty snack at the expense of your

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An Inside Look at Joints

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Arthritis is the most common cause of lameness in the horse. In fact, it’s believed to be responsible for up to 60% of all lameness! What is it? And how do you know if your horse is at risk? What

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Recipe for a Shiny Coat

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Find out the key ingredients to your horse’s ultimate show-ring shine! Blue Ribbon Shine Makes: One shiny horse Prep time: 60 days 30 g daily SmartShine® Ultra with omega 3 fatty acids from flax seed and fish oil 1 each

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The inside scoop: Is my horse’s grain enough?

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You can figure out what your horse is getting from his grain — just follow these three easy steps! 1 Weigh In If you already know how many pounds of grain your horse eats per day, kudos! You can skip

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You are now leaving Funky Town

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We’ve all been there. You get to the barn and there is just something, well, funky going on with your horse’s skin. But what is it?! And what can you do about it? We’ve put together a list of the usual suspects and some helpful hints on how to handle them…

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Ask the Farrier: Hoof Circulation Q & A with Danvers Child, CJF

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“Some hoof supplements say they support healthy blood flow—why is that important? I thought hooves were “dead” tissue. – BR from Waynesville, NC”

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Ask the Farrier: Important factors for hoof health

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“Several riders at my barn use hoof supplements for their horses, while others swear by a particular farrier. When it comes to healthy hooves, what factor plays the biggest role? — BM from Washington D.C.”

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