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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

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Lists

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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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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