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#TBT – That Time My Horse Jumped Out of the Arena

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Like many riders, I have numerous favorite horse show memories, but there is one that stands out clearly as both the most humorous and the most memorable. It was August 1996, and my horse Riker and I were competing in

Posted in Stories & Adventures

How to Prep for a Horseless Vacation

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I totally understand you. Most days it feels like the few hours spent at the barn (okay, maybe it’s many hours or maybe you ran away from adulting for a day to hang out with your horse, I’m not here

Posted in Stories & Adventures

What My Horse is Wearing This Show Season: Bing’s Big Debut

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I’ve written about my horse, Bing, countless times and chronicled our adventures from the track (he’s an OTTB) to the hunter ring. The moment I have been waiting for has finally arrived…Bing and I will be making our debut on

Posted in Lists, Stories & Adventures

Dog of the Month: Frankie

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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,

Posted in Canine Employee of the Month

How to Design a Musical Freestyle

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I often hear riders (both dressage and other) wistfully say: I’d love to ride a musical freestyle! Riding to music is one thing – and has many benefits, such as blocking out other noise, getting your horse used to sound,

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The Most Important Thing My Horse Has Taught Me

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Chandler and I have been together for about 10 years now. Over those 10 years he has taught me many valuable lessons in patience and also common sense type things (unclip the horse from the trailer tie before opening the

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Working Like A Dog: A Day in the Life of Chloe

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Hi! My name is Chloe Laiosa. I’m a 13-year-old Lab/Terrier mix and my mom adopted me from the local pound years ago. It’s a funny story actually – she went in for a cat and I was just so adorable

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Web Marketing: Search Marketing Intern

Web Marketing: Search marketing Intern Our Web Marketing department needs a person passionate about horses and eager to learn about digital marketing to support our rapidly growing Search Marketing department. Specifically this person will engage in and drive Natural Search

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Ask the Vet Needs Your Vote: April

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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 May! Thanks to everyone for submitting your horse health questions for our “Ask the

Posted in Blogs

Pass the Sunglasses, Please!

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I love summertime. I love hot weather, the bright sun, and having to wear sunglasses and sunscreen every day. But while summer is my favorite season of the year, it’s also when I worry most about my horse’s skin. My

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Welcome, Spring!

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As the days get warmer and longer, the ground begins to thaw, and my horse’s coat begins to shed, I like to welcome in spring with my version of a little spring cleaning. When I have a free afternoon to

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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

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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

Posted in Blogs, Stories & Adventures

16 Thoughts You Have on Horse Show Mornings

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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

Posted in Team SmartPak, Videos

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