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Kelsey was living a rider’s dream. But that dream turned into a nightmare when her horse experienced a life-threatening colic episode. Kelsey Herring has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She started out riding western, spending weekends

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Under, Over, or Ideal

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You be the judge It’s hard to resist the urge to squeal over how adorable a chubby pony is, but unfortunately, overweight horses and ponies aren’t cute — they’re unhealthy. Being too thin also comes with risks and health concerns.

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Quizzes

Chill Out This Winter

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Help your horse keep his cool this winter, and discover what ingredients will help him chill out. Edgy Eddie He’s occasionally nervous and tense, looking around and fidgeting as you get on. Slightly on edge, he is sometimes unfocused on

Posted in Health & Nutrition

“Stacking the Deck” Towards Joint Health

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My horse seems to have normal, healthy joints, but I know joint health becomes an issue for many horses as they get older. So my question is, how do I prevent joint degeneration in the first place? – via Horsechannel.com

Posted in Ask the Vet, Blogs

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.

Posted in Blogs, How To

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

Posted in Jobs

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

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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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