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Keep Your Cool at the Barn This Summer

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Ah, summer—the time of year when I finally get to venture out of the indoor arena, and also when my horse finally settles into the steady summer version of herself instead of the wild winter version. It’s the season when

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15 Show-Day Secrets from a Judge

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I’d like to start off by reminding everyone that judges are human. Pretty opinionated humans, but still human. We make mistakes and sometimes after a long day of judging, we reflect upon our day and wish we had pinned a

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2014 National Farriers Week

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July 7-11, 2014 is National Farriers Week Your hoof care professional is an invaluable member of your horse’s health team, so don’t forget to show your gratitude for his/her hard work during National Farriers Week! Here are five fun ideas

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When did my horse get old?

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Given that I bought my first horse, Sam, when he was 15, I guess I shouldn’t have been too shocked to find him into his twenties before I knew it. But as a spry, active, and healthy guy, I figured

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What I’m Wearing This Show Season – Dressage

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SmartPaker Ashley here to share what I will be wearing this coming show season! My discipline is dressage, and although I am competing in my first class at Training Level 3, my horse Rocco is trained up through Third Level.

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Shopping for your first Western show of the season

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Most people are probably excited that summer is right around the corner, but I’m most excited about my first show of the year being right around the corner! Before I pack up and hit the show pen, I need to

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Recap—Devon Horse Show Grand Prix 2014

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There’s something special about Devon. Maybe it’s the elegant, sky-blue grandstands or the smattering of fancy hats and high heels juxtaposed against a sea of baseball caps, breeches, and quilted vests. Or maybe it’s because the sense of tradition and

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Top Product Picks for Ponies

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As most pony owners know, it can be quite tedious to outfit a pony—pint-sized items can be surprisingly hard to come by! Here are some of my favorite items I’ve found that are available for smaller-sized equines. SmartPak Ultimate Pony

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Foundation For Success – The Basics PLUS

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Multi-Purpose Supporting joint and hoof health gives your horse a solid foundation for success. SmartPak’s SmartCombo line of multipurpose supplements allow you to build on that foundation by combining the active ingredients from several bestselling formulas into one smart solution.

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If Horses Were People

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Small Victories – Bringing Along A Young Horse

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When I decided to get a young horse, my trainer told me that bringing her along would be a fun adventure for me. His assistant, who would be working with me all winter while half the barn headed to Florida,

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5 Tips for a horse’s first trail ride – Delilah’s big day out

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At my barn, where we teach lessons through the year as well as summer camp, it’s imperative that our horses be as “worldly” as possible. Our newest lesson mount, Delilah, had learned the ropes in the ring and passed her

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How I Became a Vet—Part I: The Undergraduate Years

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Introduction Ever know deep down that something was just meant to be? I knew from the time I could walk and talk that I was supposed to be a veterinarian, so everything I did growing up supported that goal. Step

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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

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