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Recap—Devon Horse Show Grand Prix 2014

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There’s something special about Devon. Maybe it’s the elegant, sky-blue grandstands or the smattering of fancy hats and high heels juxtaposed against a sea of baseball caps, breeches, and quilted vests. Or maybe it’s because the sense of tradition and

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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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Foundation For Success – The Basics PLUS

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Multi-Purpose Supporting joint and hoof health gives your horse a solid foundation for success. SmartPak’s SmartCombo line of multipurpose supplements allow you to build on that foundation by combining the active ingredients from several bestselling formulas into one smart solution.

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If Horses Were People

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Small Victories – Bringing Along A Young Horse

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When I decided to get a young horse, my trainer told me that bringing her along would be a fun adventure for me. His assistant, who would be working with me all winter while half the barn headed to Florida,

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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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How I Became a Vet—Part I: The Undergraduate Years

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Introduction Ever know deep down that something was just meant to be? I knew from the time I could walk and talk that I was supposed to be a veterinarian, so everything I did growing up supported that goal. Step

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4th of July or the End of the World: Does your dog know the difference?

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As July quickly sneaks up on us, there are many things to be excited about. Cookouts, fun in the sun, trail rides, and of course, Independence Day! However, while the coolers get stocked and the grill fires up, many dog owners are bracing themselves for another year’s boisterous (totally terrifying, monstrously menacing, bone-chilling) fireworks display.

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Managing SmartPaks Just Got Easier (and more fun!)

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The all-new SmartPaks Manager is the best thing to happen to supplements since SmartPaks! “Faster,” “easier,” “way better than the old way” – these are some of the ways riders have described the SmartPak supplement feeding system. After all, we’re

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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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Foundation For Success – Hooves

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It can be easy to take your horse’s hooves for granted, and many horse owners don’t think about hoof health until their horse has a problem. While supporting healthy hooves may not sound particularly exciting, it’s an essential part of

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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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Overheard At The Barn

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Do these riders’ remarks sound familiar? Chances are you’ve overheard it all before and thought it was simply the status quo for life at the barn. But while it may seem like these horses just need an attitude adjustment, there

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Foundation For Success – Joints

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Your horse’s body is an impressive machine. It’s designed to manage the normal wear and tear that’s associated with being a horse — an animal designed to be on the move! However, research has shown that joint problems are a

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Peek in Our Tack Trunk – Jessica and Sawyer

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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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