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H is for Hindgut Health

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Your horse’s hindgut is responsible for digesting the complex carbohydrates your horse eats, including all of his forage (hay, pasture, and other roughage). Since the majority of your horse’s diet should be made up of forage, there’s a lot of

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G is for Grazing

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The benefits of constant grazing are plentiful, but there are also some downsides that are important to consider before you give your horse all-day access to lush spring pasture. The pros of grazing • A slow, steady intake of forage

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G is for Gastric Health

G is for Gastric Health

Your horse was designed for constant grazing, so his stomach is continuously producing acid to aid in digestion. In a natural setting, eating and chewing all day buffers stomach acid with forage and saliva, protecting the sensitive stomach lining. However,

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F is for Forage

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In basic terms, forage refers to plants that are eaten by livestock, like your horse. Fresh pasture and hay are two types of forage that are likely part of your horse’s diet. The foundation of your horse’s diet Whether it’s

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Being Progressive: Setting Goals If You Don’t Compete

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I was sitting at work when I was struck by this BFO (blinding flash of the obvious): goal setting is an important part of planning for the year in the office, and working toward specific goals is in part what

Posted in Stories & Adventures

E is for Electrolytes

E is for electrolytes

Your horse loses more than water when he sweats When your horse sweats, he loses water, salt, and other key minerals that are essential to normal nerve and muscle function, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium. If these key macro-minerals aren’t

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D is for Deworming

D is for Deworming

The horse world is steeped in tradition (did you know that mounting from the left became standard because of the way knights carried their swords?). But the old ways aren’t always the best, especially when it comes to deworming. Deworming

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Seven Hidden Dangers Common in Every Barn

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In their natural state, horses tend to lead consistent, uncomplicated lives. However, even in the very best barns with the most conscientious owners, modern horses are often subjected to unnatural stresses that can pose serious health risks, from colic to

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Getting Chandler Back Into Shape After a Winter Off

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Unlike some of the more fortunate riders out there, I do not have an indoor ring. That means that Chandler and I ride either very sparingly or not at all during the winter months. That means that all of the

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All Green at the John Greenall Clinic

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While the steady rain may have dampened spring pastures, it sure didn’t dampen the spirits of the hearty drivers and auditors who attended the HUB Club’s 2016 annual clinic held April 29 – May 1 at Theresa Adams’ farm in

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C is for ColiCare

C is for ColiCare

Colic affects horses of every breed, age, and discipline. At SmartPak, we’re on a mission to support healthy horses and happy riders, and that’s why we created ColiCare™. What is ColiCare? ColiCare is a free, veterinarian-directed wellness program that provides

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Dog of the Month: Clyde

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By now, you’ve probably heard that one of the many perks about working for SmartPak is that we have a dog-friendly office (pretty cool, right?). While you might think that this would make for a loud and stressful work environment,

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B is for BCAAs

B is for BCAAs

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) include leucine, isoleucine, and valine, which are specific amino acids mobilized during exercise and used by the body for energy. That’s why BCAAs are often found in muscle health supplements like SmartMuscle® Recovery Pellets to

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A is for Antioxidants

A is for Antioxidants

Close your eyes and picture a rusty trailer — yikes, right? That rust is the result of the metal undergoing oxidation, and the really scary part is that the cells in your horse’s body are all at risk for oxidative

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My Trailering Essentials

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One of the joys of having a horse is the ability to take adventures off property. Whether you’re going to a friend’s farm, a clinic, a show, or just a day at the beach, you have the freedom for you

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