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SmartPaker Whitney: My Favorite Rainy Day Barn Outfit


Summer is here in New England, and we’re ready to soak up the sun! But it’s not all sun and games, we know there are some rainy days yet to come. With that in mind, here’s my personal favorite rainy

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Peek in Our Tack Trunk – Jessica and Sawyer


Canter Silk Mane and Tail Conditioner My horse Sawyer is an “old type” (100% Lippitt) Morgan, which means he has a whole lotta mane and tail. I seriously couldn’t live without a bottle of Canter Silk Mane and Tail Conditioner

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Top spring picks for Western riders


After a long winter, we’re ready to spring into spring here at SmartPak! Our VP of Western, Becki, shares her thoughts on her top picks to look great this season. Wrangler Ladies Floral Jade Premium Shirt Soft as silk, this

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Top spring picks for English riders


Spring has finally sprung up here at SmartPak! Our VP of Merchandising, Melissa, has taken the time to share her top picks for the spring season. Melissa is an active competitor in hunter/jumpers and an avid world traveler, so we

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Tax Refund Shopping!


I’m not sure about you, but any time I get some extra cash, it’s hard not to spend it all on new gear! While I did set aside some of my tax refund this year for boring things like credit

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Peek in Our Tack Trunk – Melissa and Drago


As you can imagine, working at SmartPak for 10 years has resulted in quite the collection of things. I don’t have one trunk,—I have three, and they’re all full of goodies, some of which I use all the time and

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Overcoming the Struggles of Winter Riding


As winter drags on, getting to the barn becomes increasingly more difficult. It’s dark out before I leave the office for the day, and the lack of daylight combined with frigid temperatures inevitably causes my motivation to plummet. My horse

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Great Gifts for Western Riders


Shopping for riders can be tough, but at SmartPak, we’re always looking for ways to make your life easier! We polled some of the western riders at SmartPak and came up with our top picks for the western riders on

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Coolers & Fleeces


Look around most indoor rings and you’ll see riders using a variety of fleeces, scrims and other garments as “coolers.” While they may all look fairly similar, different materials and styles can make a big difference in your horse’s comfort.

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Heavy Turnout Blankets


Warmth for winter’s worst Like heavyweight boxers, these blankets mean business! They’re the warmest of the warm, and usually the toughest of the tough, because when winter’s at its worst, you want to know your horse is covered. Heavy turnout

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Fall in love with boots, boots, and more boots!!

Equestrian style boots have been a hit over the last several fall seasons! You can see the equestrian influence across several big name designers such as Tory Burch, Burberry, and Gucci: Burberrys Wellington Boot Frye’s Paige Tall Riding boot Tory

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Top Five for Fall


We went through our entire catalog and pulled out the best-selling products that riders like you are raving about. Find your discipline below, and then start shopping! Western Eventing Hunter / Jumper Dressage Western Top Tack Top Saddle Pad Top

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Medium Turnout Blankets


Every horse owner needs one of these bad boys. Maybe even two. As the mercury drops a little further and winter starts settling in, your horse is going to need protection from more than just the wind and rain. He’s

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The Buzz on Clipping


A step-by-step guide to the perfect clip Step 1. Decide whether you need to clip When deciding whether or not to clip your horse, there are a few key questions to consider. First of all, are you or your barn

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Tips for a successful trail ride


Trail rides, at any time of the year, can be some of the best times you spend with your horse! You will encounter many fun and amazing things when you hit the trails, however, there are also lots of things

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