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7 Super Fun Things to Try with Your Horse This Summer

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Something – anything – he doesn’t know how to do yet. Your horse may be bored doing the same old ring work and might enjoy learning something new! Introduce him to some trail obstacles, try a new discipline, or learn

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10 Must Haves If You’re Hitting The Trails This Summer

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Growing up in New England, summertime has always been prime trail riding season for me. Unfortunately, this is one our shortest seasons, so I have to make sure that I’m ready to hit the trails as soon as the weather

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Keep Your Cool at the Barn This Summer

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Ah, summer—the time of year when I finally get to venture out of the indoor arena, and also when my horse finally settles into the steady summer version of herself instead of the wild winter version. It’s the season when

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15 Show-Day Secrets from a Judge

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I’d like to start off by reminding everyone that judges are human. Pretty opinionated humans, but still human. We make mistakes and sometimes after a long day of judging, we reflect upon our day and wish we had pinned a

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What I’m Wearing This Show Season – Dressage

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SmartPaker Ashley here to share what I will be wearing this coming show season! My discipline is dressage, and although I am competing in my first class at Training Level 3, my horse Rocco is trained up through Third Level.

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Shopping for your first Western show of the season

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Most people are probably excited that summer is right around the corner, but I’m most excited about my first show of the year being right around the corner! Before I pack up and hit the show pen, I need to

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Top Product Picks for Ponies

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As most pony owners know, it can be quite tedious to outfit a pony—pint-sized items can be surprisingly hard to come by! Here are some of my favorite items I’ve found that are available for smaller-sized equines. SmartPak Ultimate Pony

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5 Tips for a horse’s first trail ride – Delilah’s big day out

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At my barn, where we teach lessons through the year as well as summer camp, it’s imperative that our horses be as “worldly” as possible. Our newest lesson mount, Delilah, had learned the ropes in the ring and passed her

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Look show-ring spectacular—on any budget

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Show season is finally upon us! Warmer weather has arrived, and it’s so exciting to think of all of our goals with our equine companions this summer. Here at SmartPak, we are getting ready for show season as well, and

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My Favorite Personalized Items for Show Season

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With show season starting, I have begun to get my show stuff together. Every year I like to look ahead at my show attire as well as my horses’. It is really important to do this ahead of time so

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Take to the trails—safely!

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There’s nothing like getting outside with your horse for a trail ride! From head to toe and head to hoof, we have the products for you and your horse to make sure you stay safe as you enjoy the great

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What I’m Wearing This Show Season – Hunter/Jumper

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Now that spring has finally arrived, I’m getting excited to hit the hunter ring with Sasha this show season. Here are my top picks for my show outfit this year: RJ Classics Washington Xtreme Soft Shell Show Coat My new

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An APHA gelding’s battle with the bugs

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Finally, spring has sprung! After a very long and cold winter, I feel like the weather these past few weeks gives me hope that my rides will no longer require me to wear four layers of clothing to keep warm

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Jen and Tally
Apparently I've been obsessed with horses since I was born, and I used to beg for pony rides on a regular basis. I started showing in 4-H, progressed to equitation and jumpers in high school and rode on the IHSA team in college where I also discovered the joys...

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