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Peek in Our Tack Trunks – Jennifer M.

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With summer officially here, it was time to pack up those winter blankets and do a bit of spring cleaning around the barn. I have been riding dressage for nearly 15 years and currently own a nine-year-old Danish mare named

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Peek in Our Tack Trunks – Kerri V

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First off, I’d like to admit that I don’t actually have one trunk, I have three! Well, technically four if you count the small one, but to keep this to a blog and not a book, I’ll just cover my

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In the Tack with the Pak – Gina & Gambler’s Grand Slam, Ellen, Allegro & JMF Black Phantom

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On a quiet April morning, I’m greeted by the sound of Gina Fitch’s barn security system, a two-year-old Bernese named Padme. She recognizes me from the office and bounces around, barking excitedly. A few minutes later, Gina and Ellen Brunelle

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In the Tack with the Pak – Colby and Timex

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As riders, we know there’s a special connection between us and our horses that’s hard to put into words, but this bond is so strong that even non-riders can sense it. In an effort to better understand this relationship, our staff Photographer, Kristi (one of the few non-riders at SmartPak), will be visiting a different SmartPaker’s barn each month to watch them interact with their horses and learn more about their story as a pair. She will document her experiences in this monthly blog series along with some of her photography, because we all know that a connection so special is hard to describe simply in words.

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In the Tack with the Pak – Kristina, Harri, Cash, Trigger and Rocky

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As riders, we know there’s a special connection between us and our horses that’s hard to put into words, but this bond is so strong that even non-riders can sense it. In an effort to better understand this relationship, our staff Photographer, Kristi (one of the few non-riders at SmartPak), will be visiting a different SmartPaker’s barn each month to watch them interact with their horses and learn more about their story as a pair. She will document her experiences in this monthly blog series along with some of her photography, because we all know that a connection so special is hard to describe simply in words.

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In the Tack with the Pak – Melissa, Ellie and Gateway

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As riders, we know there’s a special connection between us and our horses that’s hard to put into words, but this bond is so strong that even non-riders can sense it. In an effort to better understand this relationship, our staff Photographer, Kristi (one of the few non-riders at SmartPak), will be visiting a different SmartPaker’s barn each month to watch them interact with their horses and learn more about their story as a pair.

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In the Tack with the Pak – Sara and Diem

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As riders, we know there’s a special connection between us and our horses that’s hard to put into words, but this bond is so strong that even non-riders can sense it. In an effort to better understand this relationship, our staff Photographer, Kristi (one of the few non-riders at SmartPak), will be visiting a different SmartPaker’s barn each month to watch them interact with their horses and learn more about their story as a pair. She will document her experiences in this monthly blog series along with some of her photography, because we all know that a connection so special is hard to describe simply in words. This month, Kristi headed out to Valinor Farms with Sara from our Creative team to meet Sara’s horse, Diem.

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