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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

Water Woes: How Electrolytes May Help Your Horse this Winter


Ice cold water buckets mean many horses don’t drink enough in the winter. But many riders aren’t sure of the best way to tackle this problem, so we’re here to help. We’re busting five common myths to help keep horses

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Test Yourself On Horse Digestion


Challenge #2 Difficulty: Medium How much do you really know about your horse’s digestive health? Take our quiz to find out! How many hours per day do horses need to spend grazing to meet their nutritional needs? 7 9 17

Posted in Horse Health Challenge, Quizzes

Take A Stand Against Horse Colic


Challenge #1 Difficulty: Easy Time to complete: 5 minutes! Protect yourself and your horse with $7500 of colic surgery reimbursement Many day-to-day barn events—like changes in hay or grain—are proven to increase a horse’s risk of colic. The American Association

Posted in Horse Health Challenge

Announcing the 2014 Horse Health Challenge


At SmartPak, we’re on a mission to change the world, four hooves at time. Our dream is to make horses healthier and happier from coast to coast by inspiring smart riders to take action. But it’s not something we can

Posted in Horse Health Challenge

Keeping up with the SmartPakers: January 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

Posted in Stories & Adventures

A Journey of a Hundred Horses


At some point in my horse crazy youth, I read the advice to “ride a hundred horses before you buy one.” My non-horsey parents thought this was a fantastic idea – they figured they’d be off the hook for a

Posted in Blogs, Stories & Adventures

Should I be feeding my horse’s supplements year-round?


My show horse gets a joint supplement, an electrolyte supplement, Omega Horseshine and SmartHoof Pellets. A few people in my barn mentioned that they stop feeding supplements once show season is over, and I’m wondering if that is recommended. I

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Basic Health Care, Seasonal Horse Care, SmartPak Features

Ride Well Winner’s Recap


Sue Slaubaugh was the lucky winner of the win free entry in Team SmartPak rider Lynn Palm’s “Training with Natural Obstacles” Ride Well clinic, and an AQHA Trail Challenge, that we offered earlier this year. Today, she recapped the whole

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Team SmartPak

A Horse For Christmas


As any horse-crazy child can attest, the greatest Christmas gift one could ever receive is an equine friend. In this blog, several SmartPakers share their fond memories of getting a horse or pony for Christmas. Have you ever received a

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Driving Trials and Tribulations


It’s tough to be a combined driver in Illinois. Did you know there was only one ADS (American Driving Society)-recognized show in our state in 2013? Afterward the organizer told me it was so much work for such little return

Posted in Stories & Adventures

2013 NRHA Futurity Recap


If you love the sport of Reining, there is no better place to be during the first week of December than the National Reining Horse Futurity in Oklahoma City, OK. The chance to see the top riders in the industry

Posted in Team SmartPak

What We’re Wishing For


As SmartPakers, we’ve got the inside track on all the latest and greatest tack, equipment, and apparel. Our warehouse is (literally) packed to the rafters, and when it comes to making wishlists, we are absolute pros. So we asked a

Posted in Blogs

Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – December 16th 2013


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

Posted in Blogs, Stories & Adventures

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