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Being a Good Boarder

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As a former barn manager and current full boarder, I thought I would share some tips on how to maintain a successful partnership with your fellow boarders and your barn professional. Pay your bills on time Horse keeping is expensive.

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From boarder to owner

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I guess I never realized just how much work it would take to move my horse to my own property, but I recently have had the opportunity to bring my horse home for the first time in my almost 20

Posted in Stories & Adventures

How I Became a Vet Part IV — Getting to SmartPak

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Be sure to read part 1, part 2 and part 3! Where We Left Off In the last installment, I had graduated from veterinary school and found a position as an associate veterinarian at a mixed practice. In addition to

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Dealing with Scratches

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My horse Razz has some eye-catching chrome: a stripe, snip and four white socks. It’s one of his more attractive attributes when he’s otherwise doing his wild Arabian impression, but it also seems to be a magnet for scrapes and

Posted in Health & Nutrition

SmartPaks: Now with Less Plastic!

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At SmartPak, we’ve always been focused on powering healthy horses and happy riders. But did you know we’re also committed to supporting a healthy, happy planet? It’s true! And we’re proud to say that this year, we’ve gone greener than

Posted in SmartPak Features

Road Trippin’ – Horse Relocation Style

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New job? Check. New state? Check. Horse coming with? Absolutely. The questions and answer seem simple and straight forward, sure. That is until you start actually compiling the checklists for each element. Bogie has been with me on many road

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Production: 2nd Shift Supervisor (3pm-11:30pm)

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This individual will be responsible for managing the SmartPak production team and process. You will lead production employees responsible for the filling and packaging of SmartPaks and PortionPaks. The Nitty Gritty: Build and lead a team , train and develop

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Managing Stifle Issues

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As any horse owner who has dealt with them can attest to, stifle issues can be tough to diagnose, treat, and manage. In the blog below, I’ll share my top tips for what has helped my horse Luna stay comfortable

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Lessons from a Green Horse

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I’ve had my young hunter Sasha for about nine months now, and they’ve been nine months full of ups, downs, and a lot of learning (for Sasha and for me). When I got Sasha, I knew that having a young

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Highs and lows: Part 1

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After our fantastic Training Level debut at GMHA Horse Trials in early June, I was extremely excited about our next event, Groton House Farm in Hamilton, MA. This is a historic event, hosting national and championship horse trials since the

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Top tips for the best fall (season) ever

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The nights are getting colder, leaves are starting to change, and Pumpkin Spice lattes are available at Starbucks. That can only mean one thing….fall is officially here! As a New Englander that means it’s time to pull out chunky sweaters

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Merchandising: Buyer, Western and Leisure

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The Buyer is responsible for directly leading all purchasing activities with vendor relationship responsibility, deal negotiations, and merchandising within identified categories. The Buyer is expected to both understand and manage the product line(s) to maximize the customer experience. The Nitty

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Top English Picks for Fall 2014

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The cool breezes at the end of summer are whispering that Fall is right around the corner. While many of our customers dread the cold Fall and Winter months, we like to help you get through until Spring by filling

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Moving up – How I knew we were ready

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In every equestrian sport there are various levels of competition, and a goal for many riders is moving up to the next level. In Eventing, we have six levels – Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced. I went

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Working Like a Dog: A Day in The Life of One of SmartPak’s Canine Employees

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My name is Morgan, and I’m an 8-year-old yellow lab/corgi mix. I have been coming to work at SmartPak for about 5 years. I’m not sure what my human does here aside from punch buttons and stare at a computer

Posted in SmartPak Features

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