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How I Became a Vet—Part II: The Veterinary School Years

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Be sure to read part 1 first! Getting into Vet School During the senior undergraduate year–in addition to classes, work, and extracurriculars—students who intend to pursue graduate level studies need to start scoping out their educational institution choices, examining admissions

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Creating a Happy Farm Life

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Living on a farm certainly has its challenges, and making sure all of the animals are all healthy and well cared for is sometimes a feat on its own. On my farm, I have a menagerie of animals: horses, goats,

Posted in Stories & Adventures

7 Super Fun Things to Try with Your Horse This Summer

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Something – anything – he doesn’t know how to do yet. Your horse may be bored doing the same old ring work and might enjoy learning something new! Introduce him to some trail obstacles, try a new discipline, or learn

Posted in Lists

10 Must Haves If You’re Hitting The Trails This Summer

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Growing up in New England, summertime has always been prime trail riding season for me. Unfortunately, this is one our shortest seasons, so I have to make sure that I’m ready to hit the trails as soon as the weather

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In Aachen Horse Showing is a Spectator Sport

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One of the most amazing things about my job at SmartPak is that I get to travel the world looking for new and exciting products for our customers and their horses. We’ve learned over the years that Europe is a

Posted in Travel

Horse of the Month: Daisy

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Horse of the Month: “Daisy” Breed: Thoroughbred PATH Intl Certified Center: Hearts & Hooves Location: Sherwood, AR Meet “Daisy”, our SmartPak Horse of the Month for July. Daisy is an 8 year old mare who has recently jumped into her

Posted in Blogs, Horse of the Month

Anatomy of arthritis

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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 Blogs, Health & Nutrition

Anatomy of colic

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Colic is a general, catch-all term used to refer to any sort of abdominal pain in horses (in layman’s terms, it’s a belly ache). Based on that definition, the term “colic” could be used to describe gastric ulcers or problems

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Anatomy of an ulcer

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A horse needs to graze for approximately 17 hours daily to meet his nutritional needs, so his stomach was designed to continuously produce acid to aid in digestion. In a natural grazing situation, where a horse is eating and chewing

Posted in Health & Nutrition

On the road with the SmartPakers: May – June 2014

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SmartPaker Paige For my 25th birthday, I got to spend a few days out in sunny Sacramento with five of my amazing coworkers and a whole wealth of west coast horse lovers at the Western States Horse Expo. So many

Posted in Travel

Put SmartPak in your pocket – check out the new SmartPak app!

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Ever been at the barn, halfway through doing stalls, when you remember you wanted to add something to your SmartPaks? Or been out on a trail ride and get the urge to track the fly spray you ordered yesterday? How

Posted in Blogs

Preparing for the Unexpected

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When people ask me “Why do you ride when it’s so dangerous and expensive?” (which, unfortunately, is true) I explain that my love of horses and a passion for riding make it something I’m driven to do. I’ve been riding

Posted in How To, SmartPak Features

SmartPaker Whitney: My Favorite Rainy Day Barn Outfit

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Summer is here in New England, and we’re ready to soak up the sun! But it’s not all sun and games, we know there are some rainy days yet to come. With that in mind, here’s my personal favorite rainy

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Losing one friend and finding another

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A couple of months ago, my beloved dog Ebony passed away due to old age. She was a 13-year-old lab/beagle mix and my best friend. A few weeks after we lost her, I was ready to get another dog to

Posted in Canine Lifestyle

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

Posted in Lists

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