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Helping Your Horse Move to a New Barn

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Let’s face it- moving is rarely fun! And just like for you, moving can be really stressful on your horse. For those of us that board, and even those that keep their horses at home, moving is likely to be

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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

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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

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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

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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

How I Became a Vet Part IV — Getting to SmartPak

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Be sure to read part 1, part 2 and part 3! Where We Left Off In the last installment, I had graduated from veterinary school and found a position as an associate veterinarian at a mixed practice. In addition to

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Road Trippin’ – Horse Relocation Style

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New job? Check. New state? Check. Horse coming with? Absolutely. The questions and answer seem simple and straight forward, sure. That is until you start actually compiling the checklists for each element. Bogie has been with me on many road

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Lessons from a Green Horse

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I’ve had my young hunter Sasha for about nine months now, and they’ve been nine months full of ups, downs, and a lot of learning (for Sasha and for me). When I got Sasha, I knew that having a young

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Highs and lows: Part 1

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After our fantastic Training Level debut at GMHA Horse Trials in early June, I was extremely excited about our next event, Groton House Farm in Hamilton, MA. This is a historic event, hosting national and championship horse trials since the

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Moving up – How I knew we were ready

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In every equestrian sport there are various levels of competition, and a goal for many riders is moving up to the next level. In Eventing, we have six levels – Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced. I went

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Tips for Juggling a Busy Schedule and Horses

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Like many riders, I have to balance barn time with an otherwise full schedule, and it isn’t always easy! Most of us have to manage riding, family, work, and other responsibilities, and it can be challenging to find the time

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How I Became a Vet—Part III: The Private Practice Years

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Be sure to read part 1 and part 2 first! Still Not There Yet Becoming a practicing veterinarian takes a long time and hard work—not to mention a significant financial investment—but graduating with a DVM (or VMD) is just part

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Keep Your Tack Room Organized – Tips from a Seasoned Professional

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I’ve been in and out of a lot of barns thanks to my 20+ year riding career and my awesome job on the Barn Team at SmartPak. When I met Karla for the first time, I was in awe and

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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

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