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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

Posted in Blogs

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

Posted in Lists

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

Posted in Health & Nutrition

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

Posted in Health & Nutrition

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

Posted in Health & Nutrition

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

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Take to the trails—safely!

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There’s nothing like getting outside with your horse for a trail ride! From head to toe and head to hoof, we have the products for you and your horse to make sure you stay safe as you enjoy the great

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Thanks, Mom!

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“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln We couldn’t say it better ourselves—but we thought we’d try anyway. After all, she’s been our chauffeur, our #1 cheerleader, our groom,

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On the Road with SmartPak – April Recap

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SmartPaker Kaitlyn: For me, April was a month full of my favorite discipline—reining! First, I spent a week at the National Reining Breeders Classic with fellow SmartPaker Kristen, and we were able to catch up with tons of our wonderful

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Catching the trends from a winter in Wellington

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After recently spending some time down in Wellington, it really has made me want to get back into the swing of things after our cold winter. Having the opportunity to travel to Wellington this winter was amazing. My favorite part,

Posted in Fashion

Playing the part of the proud horse mom

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About a year ago, I took a lesson at my old barn—and I met my soul mate. His name was Rory, an adorable 4-year-old Clydesdale/TB cross. He was quiet, willing, smart, and just bursting with personality. And just recently, I

Posted in Blogs

A Western rider’s spring wish list

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I think it is safe to say that we all survived the cold and snowy winter and spring is officially here! Before we know it our schedules will be packed with outdoor riding and horse shows! I just had a

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Colic – Don’t Let The Odds Stack Up Against You

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The American Association of Equine Practitioners estimates that 900,000 horses will colic this year. Not only is colic common, it can be very serious—more horses die from colic than any other condition. With statistics like that, managing your horse’s digestive

Posted in Health & Nutrition

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