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10 Reasons Why Horses Make the Best Valentines


Valentine’s Day is a day of love and appreciation, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate then explain why my horse, Samurai, makes the best Valentine! He never judges me for eating all the holiday chocolate He’s

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Break Up With Your Buckets


Challenge #9 Difficulty: Medium Benefit: Peace of mind If you’re looking for a satisfying, stress-free relationship with supplements, you’re never going to find it with buckets. Read these riders’ bucket break-up stories to find out why they’re so happy to

Posted in Horse Health Challenge

7 Ways to Love your Horse this Valentine’s Day


I’m a big fan of ALL the ways you can totally spoil your horse. After all, with three semi-retired ones of my own, I am the first one to feel that my boys have earned every last treat! This Valentine’s

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Overcoming the Struggles of Winter Riding


As winter drags on, getting to the barn becomes increasingly more difficult. It’s dark out before I leave the office for the day, and the lack of daylight combined with frigid temperatures inevitably causes my motivation to plummet. My horse

Posted in Gear Review, In the Tack with the Pak

On the Road with SmartPak: January Recap


Western Spring Photo Shoot: SmartPaker Becki: This year we decided to take our spring Western Shoot out west to the sunshine and warm weather of Southern California. Nestled in the equestrian community of Chino Hills, Hillcrest Equestrian Center was our

Posted in Travel

Meet Your Match


Even though we’re supplement experts, sometimes we feel more like match makers, helping riders pair up their horses with the right supplements. We’ve had a lot of success over the years bringing together lasting, healthy relationships, so we decided to

Posted in Blogs

Keeping up with the SmartPakers: February 2014


During the week, you know our life is no mystery: we are here working hard to make you happier and your horse healthier. But what do we do on the weekend, you ask? The mystery is revealed! Read about what SmartPakers did this past month and see if any of our adventures sound similar to yours…

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Put Your Best Foot Forward


Challenge #6 Difficulty: Medium Time to complete: 1 year “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb Healthy hooves are grown one day at a time Just like

Posted in Horse Health Challenge

Find Inner Peace for You and Your Horse

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Challenge #5 Difficulty: Hard (but we’re here to help) What you’ll need: Patience Think back to when you first started riding — the barn was a joyful place and every ride ended with a kiss on the muzzle. But as

Posted in Horse Health Challenge

A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 3: The Human


A 3 Part Blog… The horses, the barn, & the human. Making sure the horses and the barn are ready for winter is critical, but there’s only so much time I can spend in the cold. In order to even

Posted in SmartPak Features, Stories & Adventures

A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 2: The Barn


Winter really does make the barn and all of the turnout fields gorgeous! I took this picture one early morning while doing breakfast, and it’s one of my favorites. But with the beautiful white snow and peaceful mornings comes a

Posted in SmartPak Features

A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 1: The Horses


I grew up in Northern California where “cold” was when it occasionally got below 40°F. New England winters were a shock to my senses and came with a slew of new experiences and challenges. Snow!? That’s the thing you go

Posted in SmartPak Features

Beat Ulcers


If your horse has been diagnosed with gastric ulcers, talk with your veterinarian about starting him on this 3-step plan to stop ulcers and keep his stomach healthy and happy. Challenge #4 Difficulty: Medium Homework: Talk with your vet 1.

Posted in Horse Health Challenge

Bieber’s Out-of-Control Forelock

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Justin Bieber’s mug shot has been all over the internet this week. And in one of those “you know you’re a rider when…” moments, I instantly thought of my horse’s unruly forelock: Naturally, my next step was seeing how many

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Face The Facts: Understanding joint health and supplements


Challenge #3 Difficulty: Medium Your horse can benefit from joint support Often times, horse owners don’t think about their horse’s joints until there’s a problem. But when it comes to joint health, waiting until there’s a problem may be too

Posted in Horse Health Challenge

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