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All Tuckered Out at the Farm

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Recently I have adopted a new puppy named Tucker. He has been a wonderful puppy and a joy to be around. We think that he is about 7 months old now. It is my dream to be able to take

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Peek in Our Tack Trunk – Melissa and Drago

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As you can imagine, working at SmartPak for 10 years has resulted in quite the collection of things. I don’t have one trunk,—I have three, and they’re all full of goodies, some of which I use all the time and

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

On the Road with SmartPak: February Recap

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Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show SmartPaker Kristen: SmartPaker Carolyn and I packed our bags once again, but this time we headed to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. This show focuses solely on the Arabian horse and included almost

Posted in Travel

Starlight moves to Martha’s Vineyard

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Giving up a horse is never an easy task. Our daughters lost interest in riding a couple years ago, which left me with one horse too many. Starlight is a great little horse—the perfect combination of sass and talent. She

Posted in Stories & Adventures

First class entertainment

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Anyone who has had a horse on stall rest knows how frustrating it can be for both the rider and horse. Whether they are in for a few days due to bad weather or months for stall rest it can

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The battle against bugs starts NOW!

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I don’t know about you, but this year I’m almost looking forward to fly season because it means that after a long (and very cold) winter, spring is finally here! And with the right gear and right preparation, victory can

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Web Marketing – Interactive Web Designer

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When most people say “work hard, play hard,” they don’t mean at the same time. But we’re not most people. We’re a little more awesome than that, and we’re willing to bet that you are too. At SmartPak, we’re serious

Posted in Jobs

From “hi-YAH” to “YEE-haw” – One rider’s journey to physical fitness

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Oh, what we do for our sport! From getting up at 3am to go to a horse show to wearing a long-sleeve black jacket in 90+ degrees, and from slogging warm water buckets in below-freezing temperatures to cleaning stalls every

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The most important thing I’ve learned at SmartPak

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I’ve learned a lot working at SmartPak. As a Supplement Expert, I’ve gone through, and continue to go through, hours and hours of horse health training. But the most amazing thing I have learned since starting at SmartPak would have

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Peek in Our Tack Trunk – Kristin P.

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I will admit, without any shame, that I’m tack and equestrian apparel obsessed. I’ve been riding for over 75% of my life and have acquired enough to fill multiple trunks with everything from saddle pads to gloves, and if I

Posted in Blogs

SmartPaker Kaitlin’s Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

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Let me start out by saying I cannot cook (I really shouldn’t be allowed within ten feet of a kitchen), but I love my horse and he loves to eat! So despite my lack of culinary skills I was inspired

Posted in SmartPak Features

Combo Nation

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No matter their discipline or workload, most horses can benefit from support in four key areas: joint, digestive, hoof, and coat. See why riders from all over the map love these multi-purpose supplements for their horses. Customer: Kara Blevins Horse:

Posted in Health & Nutrition

SmartPaker Ashley’s Barn Essentials for the Frigid Temperatures

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Over the past few weeks the temperatures across the entire country have dropped dramatically. With -23 temps with the wind chill as the norm, there are a few things that I have made sure I had available at the barn

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Bring Things Into Balance

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Challenge #8 Difficulty: Easy Perfect for: All horses Discover the critical nutrient that can benefit all horses! Open up any health or fitness magazine, and you’re bound to find at least one article singing the praises of omega 3 fatty

Posted in Horse Health Challenge

Workin’ Like a Dog

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Hi, my name is Abby, and I am lucky to be one of the 50 dogs allowed to come into the office here at SmartPak. I come to work almost every day with my Mom, Whitney—she works on the Customer

Posted in SmartPak Features

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