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Hay Is For Eating, Not Sleeping! (Right?)


I’ve been a horse owner for about ten years and riding since my preteens. Over the years I have been to many different barns each with their own preferences and routine, but it wasn’t until this past year that I

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Ride for Grayce

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Traveling to Aiken, SC is almost a rite of passage in the equestrian world. It is horse centered small town that offers warmth and sunshine to us northerners far earlier in the year than we would experience at home. There

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16 Thoughts You Have on Horse Show Mornings


At SmartPak we get you because we are you, and we get just how stressful horse show mornings can be. Regardless of our level or discipline, we all know how frazzled (and sometimes irrational) our thoughts can be as we

Posted in Blogs, Lists, Stories & Adventures

Chris McCrea explains why “Dutchie” is enrolled in ColiCare

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    Christine McCrea, Team SmartPak Rider and Pan-Am Games Gold Medalist, trusts the health of her prized competition horse, Romantovich Take One (aka, “Dutchie”), to SmartGI Ultra and ColiCare, SmartPak’s free $7500 colic surgery reimbursement program. You deserve the

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Stuff I Can’t Live Without on a Show Day


Let’s face it, horse show days are as stressful as they come. In a world of constant “hurry up and wait”, it is easy to forget items for your grooming box (hoof oil, I’m looking at you) or to sprint

Posted in Lists, Stories & Adventures

Sasha’s Goals for 2016


The 2016 show season is almost here and it’s past time for me and Sasha to start thinking about our goals for the season. My big goal for this year is moving up to the 3’ adult amateur hunter division,

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The 2016 Smarty Awards


As riders ourselves, we know what it’s like to wonder if a product is even worth trying. That’s why we’re excited to announce the winners of the first ever Smarty Awards! We’ve handpicked the best of the best from five

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A Working Vacation


My non-horsey friend: “Where are you going on vacation?” Me: “Florida – can’t wait!” My non-horsey friend: “Cool – beaches or amusement parks?” Me: “Neither – I’m headed to Ocala to help my trainer and ride horses!” My non-horsey friend:

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Spring: A Hairy Ordeal


Us horsey girls know that spring is near due to the fact that there is horse hair in every single crevice when we leave the barn. Shedding is a healthy, natural process that horses go through to get rid of

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Love Lilo!

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One of my favorite clinicians to audit each year is Lilo Fore, who owns and operates Sport Horse America in Santa Rosa, CA. Recently promoted to an FEI 5* judge (the highest classification), she has been a member of the

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Tips for Trying Horses


I’ve been on the hunt for my next horse for quite a few months now. But it wasn’t until recently that I finally made it down to Florida to try a bunch of horses. After looking at a total of

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Spring Cleaning Checklist


With spring just around the corner that means not only is it a good time for spring cleaning around the house but for the farm as well! Here’s my list of all the things that I like to do around

Posted in Lists, Stories & Adventures

The Gray Wars

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J.P. and I found each other in the beginning of 2011 when I was horse hunting for my next hunter/jumper project. I knew having a gray horse who was leaning towards the whiter side of the scale was going to

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Human Resources: Business Partner

Horse or Dog Loving HR Business Partner Wanted! This is not your typical HRBP role, but SmartPak is not your typical company!! Culture and values are a big deal here. We want to spend our time figuring out how to

Posted in Jobs

Ask the Vet Needs Your Vote: March

Thanks for voting! This month’s “Ask the Vet” video topic poll is now closed, but stay tuned for the videos, which will be coming in early April! Thanks to everyone for submitting your horse health questions for our “Ask the

Posted in Blogs

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