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IT- .Net Developer

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We’re looking for self-motivated developers who are at the point in their career where they know that they can make a significant contribution to the direction of our e-commerce and internal intranet based systems through thoughtful design and solid development.

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The Pain… “Joy” of Saddle Shopping

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Let me preface this blog with the fact that I hate jean shopping. Hate’s not even a strong enough word, loathe, despise, abhor, all compounded together in a run on sentence of hate is a better description of my feelings

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Too Busy to Ride

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I was very fortunate to grow up with my horses in my backyard. My parents owned a boarding facility – not only convenient for a horse crazy little girl, it taught me A LOT about riding, barn management and horse

Posted in Stories & Adventures

On the road with the SmartPakers: October 2014

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SmartPaker Whitney: In October I was lucky enough to travel to one of the biggest horse events in the US, The All American Quarter Horse Congress with fellow SmartPaker Veronica. I have heard stories about how amazing this event is

Posted in Stories & Adventures

SmartGut® Ultra Pellets Research Presented at the Colic Research Symposium

Dr. Frank Andrews, large animal internal medicine specialist (ACVIM) and Director of the Equine Health Studies Program at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, has spent the last 24 years researching the causes, treatment, and prevention of gastric ulcer

Posted in Health & Nutrition

EMS vs. PPID – Do You Know The Difference?

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EQUINE METABOLIC SYNDROME (EMS) EMS refers to a collection of endocrine and metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity and the development of laminitis in horses. Faulty insulin metabolism is a key component of EMS and can include both insulin resistance (IR)

Posted in Health & Nutrition

My Mustang’s Makeover

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My Mustang’s Makeover – How repeat Mustang Makeover competitor Jessica Dabkowski uses SmartSupplements to help her mustangs perform their best In September, SmartPak was lucky enough to attend our first Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ft. Worth, Texas. While there, we

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Performance to Pleasure – Getting Back to the Basics

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Although I was lucky enough to own horses growing up (thanks Mom & Dad!), the reality of life, aka time and money, that came along with college and obtaining a full-time job which includes travel (even one as amazing as

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The Art of Clipping

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TIPS + TOOLS TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT CLIP To Clip or Not To Clip? Before you clip, think about your horse’s living and exercise situation this winter. For more help deciding, visit SmartPak.com/ClipOrNot Clip If… You or your barn staff

Posted in Blogs, Health & Nutrition

Saving Katalyst

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Editor’s note: After a successful surgery and recovery, Kelsey and Katalyst are back at school and back in training! Read their update below! Kelsey was living a rider’s dream. But that dream turned into a nightmare when her horse experienced

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Under, Over, or Ideal

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You be the judge It’s hard to resist the urge to squeal over how adorable a chubby pony is, but unfortunately, overweight horses and ponies aren’t cute — they’re unhealthy. Being too thin also comes with risks and health concerns.

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Quizzes

Chill Out This Winter

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Help your horse keep his cool this winter, and discover what ingredients will help him chill out. Edgy Eddie He’s occasionally nervous and tense, looking around and fidgeting as you get on. Slightly on edge, he is sometimes unfocused on

Posted in Health & Nutrition

“Stacking the Deck” Towards Joint Health

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My horse seems to have normal, healthy joints, but I know joint health becomes an issue for many horses as they get older. So my question is, how do I prevent joint degeneration in the first place? – via Horsechannel.com

Posted in Ask the Vet, Blogs

Being a Good Boarder

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As a former barn manager and current full boarder, I thought I would share some tips on how to maintain a successful partnership with your fellow boarders and your barn professional. Pay your bills on time Horse keeping is expensive.

Posted in Blogs, How To

From boarder to owner

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I guess I never realized just how much work it would take to move my horse to my own property, but I recently have had the opportunity to bring my horse home for the first time in my almost 20

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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Apparently I've been obsessed with horses since I was born, and I used to beg for pony rides on a regular basis. I started showing in 4-H, progressed to equitation and jumpers in high school and rode on the IHSA team in college where I also discovered the joys...

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