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My Top 5 Grooming Essentials

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I started riding when I was nine years old. I can STILL remember my trainer at the time telling us to get tacked up for our group lesson and emphasizing a quick grooming session. More times than not, she would

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You Can Never Have Enough…

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1. Piper V-Neck T-Shirts For under $15, you don’t have to decide between colors—you can get one of each! They’re equally at home in the barn, around town and even at the gym! 2. SmartPak Lite AP Saddle Pad Perfect

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My Trailering Essentials

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One of the joys of having a horse is the ability to take adventures off property. Whether you’re going to a friend’s farm, a clinic, a show, or just a day at the beach, you have the freedom for you

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What My Horse is Wearing This Show Season: Bing’s Big Debut

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I’ve written about my horse, Bing, countless times and chronicled our adventures from the track (he’s an OTTB) to the hunter ring. The moment I have been waiting for has finally arrived…Bing and I will be making our debut on

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16 Thoughts You Have on Horse Show Mornings

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At SmartPak we get you because we are you, and we get just how stressful horse show mornings can be. Regardless of our level or discipline, we all know how frazzled (and sometimes irrational) our thoughts can be as we

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Stuff I Can’t Live Without on a Show Day

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Let’s face it, horse show days are as stressful as they come. In a world of constant “hurry up and wait”, it is easy to forget items for your grooming box (hoof oil, I’m looking at you) or to sprint

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

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With spring just around the corner that means not only is it a good time for spring cleaning around the house but for the farm as well! Here’s my list of all the things that I like to do around

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4 Sun Shirts You Can’t Live Without

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Since I was born and raised in the Northeast, sun protection is something that I’ve only ever thought about during the summer. After spending the last couple of months in Arizona and Southern California with SmartPak’s mobile store, I quickly

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The Top 5 Things Your SmartPak Customer Care Team Wants You to Know

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#1 We’re Riders, Too! We understand your horse-obsessed, dirt-under-the-fingernails, I’ll-be-home-soon-I’m-just-stopping-by-the-barn-quick life. OTTBs? We’ve got ‘em! Warmbloods? We’ve got ‘em! Morgans, Arabs, Quarter Horses, and Chincoteague Ponies? We’ve got ‘em! So there’s no question too big or too small for us

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Kaitlin’s Trailering Checklist

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Whether you show every weekend, trailer out for lessons, or are moving barns, at some point you will likely have to travel with your horse. It can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you’re horse doesn’t travel often, but there

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Courtney’s Top Picks for Winter Riding

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The freezing cold doesn’t stop me from going to the barn – you just have to make sure you are dressed right from head to toe! Here are some of my favorite picks for winter riding that keep me warm

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7 Things You Can Never Have Enough Of

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After many years as a working student I’ve learned there are some things you just can never have enough of at the barn. All of these items, although many are seemingly small, are hugely appreciated as a thoughtful gift to

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A Smarter Diet In Six Easy Steps

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This spring, help your horse look and feel his best by checking “better diet” off his list. That may seem like a daunting task, so we broke it down into six key steps so you can build your horse’s ideal

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Keeping your Veterinarian Happy

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Several of my good friends happen to be veterinarians, and a lot of the anecdotes they’ve been sharing lately are about how their already long days get drawn out, sometimes crazily so, because of little details that their clients don’t

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2014 Take-aways

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What a year! I look forward to learning new things each year, especially in my riding. This year has been one of the best ever, despite losing most of the show season due to a lameness issue. Looking back, I’ve

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