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When did my horse get old?

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Given that I bought my first horse, Sam, when he was 15, I guess I shouldn’t have been too shocked to find him into his twenties before I knew it. But as a spry, active, and healthy guy, I figured

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Small Victories – Bringing Along A Young Horse

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When I decided to get a young horse, my trainer told me that bringing her along would be a fun adventure for me. His assistant, who would be working with me all winter while half the barn headed to Florida,

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How I Became a Vet—Part I: The Undergraduate Years

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Introduction Ever know deep down that something was just meant to be? I knew from the time I could walk and talk that I was supposed to be a veterinarian, so everything I did growing up supported that goal. Step

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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

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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

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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

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New Horse Shopping List

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It’s been about 7 years since I sold my first horse, Bella, when I went off to college. I’ve waited and waited (often not so patiently), and the time has finally come for me to buy a new horse! But

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It wasn’t perfection, but that’s okay

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As a longtime hunter rider, it’s been ingrained into my head that everything needs to be perfect. In order to do well, we need to have the perfect pace, the perfect distances, the perfect number of even strides between the jumps of a line. Everything needs to be just right. But when it comes to riding, everything is not going to be perfect every time. In a recent lesson, everything didn’t go “just right,” but in the end, I realized that sometimes it is okay if everything doesn’t go perfectly.

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Spring Shopping List!

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Falkner and I are eagerly waiting spring. I know a lot of people are saying that, but normally I love winter and lots of snow. This winter has just been ridiculously cold, and I’m done with it! I find myself

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All Tuckered Out at the Farm

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Recently I have adopted a new puppy named Tucker. He has been a wonderful puppy and a joy to be around. We think that he is about 7 months old now. It is my dream to be able to take

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Starlight moves to Martha’s Vineyard

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Giving up a horse is never an easy task. Our daughters lost interest in riding a couple years ago, which left me with one horse too many. Starlight is a great little horse—the perfect combination of sass and talent. She

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First class entertainment

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Anyone who has had a horse on stall rest knows how frustrating it can be for both the rider and horse. Whether they are in for a few days due to bad weather or months for stall rest it can

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From “hi-YAH” to “YEE-haw” – One rider’s journey to physical fitness

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Oh, what we do for our sport! From getting up at 3am to go to a horse show to wearing a long-sleeve black jacket in 90+ degrees, and from slogging warm water buckets in below-freezing temperatures to cleaning stalls every

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The most important thing I’ve learned at SmartPak

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I’ve learned a lot working at SmartPak. As a Supplement Expert, I’ve gone through, and continue to go through, hours and hours of horse health training. But the most amazing thing I have learned since starting at SmartPak would have

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SmartPaker Ashley’s Barn Essentials for the Frigid Temperatures

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Over the past few weeks the temperatures across the entire country have dropped dramatically. With -23 temps with the wind chill as the norm, there are a few things that I have made sure I had available at the barn

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