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Thanks, Mom!

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“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln We couldn’t say it better ourselves—but we thought we’d try anyway. After all, she’s been our chauffeur, our #1 cheerleader, our groom,

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On the Road with SmartPak – April Recap

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SmartPaker Kaitlyn: For me, April was a month full of my favorite discipline—reining! First, I spent a week at the National Reining Breeders Classic with fellow SmartPaker Kristen, and we were able to catch up with tons of our wonderful

Posted in Travel

Catching the trends from a winter in Wellington

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After recently spending some time down in Wellington, it really has made me want to get back into the swing of things after our cold winter. Having the opportunity to travel to Wellington this winter was amazing. My favorite part,

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Playing the part of the proud horse mom

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About a year ago, I took a lesson at my old barn—and I met my soul mate. His name was Rory, an adorable 4-year-old Clydesdale/TB cross. He was quiet, willing, smart, and just bursting with personality. And just recently, I

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A Western rider’s spring wish list

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I think it is safe to say that we all survived the cold and snowy winter and spring is officially here! Before we know it our schedules will be packed with outdoor riding and horse shows! I just had a

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Colic – Don’t Let The Odds Stack Up Against You

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The American Association of Equine Practitioners estimates that 900,000 horses will colic this year. Not only is colic common, it can be very serious—more horses die from colic than any other condition. With statistics like that, managing your horse’s digestive

Posted in Health & Nutrition

What I’m Wearing This Show Season – Hunter/Jumper

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Now that spring has finally arrived, I’m getting excited to hit the hunter ring with Sasha this show season. Here are my top picks for my show outfit this year: RJ Classics Washington Xtreme Soft Shell Show Coat My new

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The perfect gift for mom

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You love mom, and you want to show her you care by getting her the perfect gift. So this Mother’s Day, we’re making your job easy by sharing our top gift picks to help you find something that’s just right

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Getting a horse back in shape for spring

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Now that the snow and ice have melted, it’s time to think about getting the horses fit for the upcoming show season. Here in New England, we have a tough time maintaining our horses’ fitness year round due to the

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Customer Care: Part Time Customer Care Representative (Nights and weekends)

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When most people say “work hard, play hard,” they don’t mean at the same time. But we’re not most people. We’re a little more awesome than that, and we’re willing to bet that you are too. At SmartPak, we’re serious

Posted in Jobs

No Fly Zone

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When it comes to battling the bugs, it’s important to have a barn-wide system that keeps you covered from all sides. Read on to learn what types of fly control to use where so you can create the ultimate plan

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Peek in Our Paks – Elizabeth R.

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SmartPaker: Elizabeth Department: Customer Care Horse: Razz Discipline: Leisure & dressage There are some people who acquire horses the traditional way: by shopping for them. I seem to prefer letting them fall into my lap, which is how I got

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SmartPaker Kristin: What I Wore to Ride in Ireland

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Back in January, a friend of mine mentioned to me that round-trip flights to Dublin, Ireland, were incredibly cheap—about $500 from Boston. Ireland has been at the top of my “must travel” list since I’ve held a passport, and to

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Travel

Models in the Making

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From watching high quality television, E News, and Reality TV, I have gathered that models can be high maintenance. I thought this only applied to beautiful women, but boy was I wrong! I had the brilliant idea to use my

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Start Spring Off on the Right Hoof

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Riding and horse ownership face a new set of seasonal challenges when the weather starts getting warmer. Rich new grass, shedding, mud, wild manes, and the “spring sillies” are all stumbling blocks to riding in the spring. Fortunately, working at

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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