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Tips for Preparing Your Farm for Winter Storms

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After seven years of owning and maintaining a 13 acre horse farm in New England, I’ve learned a thing or two along the way about preparing our horses, our farm equipment, and the farm in general for snow storms. For

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SmartPak Goes West: Highlights from HITS Thermal (So Far!)

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It’s hard to believe that four weeks of HITS Thermal are almost behind us, indicating that our brand new mobile store has been open for almost a month! We’ve had a blast meeting customers, catching up with some of our

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New Year, New Goals

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I was never one to make goals or New Year’s resolutions typically because I usually forget what they were or they were never practical. After some thinking I was able to come up with a couple goals and hopes for

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Kaitlin’s Trailering Checklist

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Whether you show every weekend, trailer out for lessons, or are moving barns, at some point you will likely have to travel with your horse. It can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you’re horse doesn’t travel often, but there

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Courtney’s Top Picks for Winter Riding

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The freezing cold doesn’t stop me from going to the barn – you just have to make sure you are dressed right from head to toe! Here are some of my favorite picks for winter riding that keep me warm

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Staying Motivated for Winter Riding

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It’s a cold, snowy afternoon in New England. The temps are hovering in the upper 20’s and the blowing snow make it easily feel in the teens. Now, New England weather in the winter can really be beautiful as long

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7 Things You Can Never Have Enough Of

Adriana Lafave

After many years as a working student I’ve learned there are some things you just can never have enough of at the barn. All of these items, although many are seemingly small, are hugely appreciated as a thoughtful gift to

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Winter Wither Woes: Blanketing tips for a high neck set

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If the neck opening of your horse’s blanket is tight across any part of the wither area, you’re not just risking rubbing out some mane…that blanket may be creating enough pressure to cause soreness. I’ve had my horse, Sawyer, for

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#TBT – Growing Up in 4-H

Kim and me Chester and Smudge

Just down the road from where I grew up, there is a property knows as the Tolland Agricultural Center, or TAC as we called it. Consisting of a handful of buildings and a field in the back with two riding

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Peek in our Paks – Danielle F.

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore. This Month’s Pick SmartPaker: Danielle Department: Marketing Horse: Indy, 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood Discipline: Hunter

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Fit to Ride

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Team SmartPak rider Hope Glynn Team SmartPaker rider Hope Glynn knows that riding requires a considerable level of fitness in both the horse and the rider. But traveling around the country to horse shows can make it challenging to make

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Adopting Deedee

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Have you ever thought of adopting?? In all good conscience we toy with it often (no thanks to the sad commercials of forgotten pets or kids that just want to be loved with sad music playing in the background). These

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From Co-op to Boarding Barn

Tally Hack

Transitioning from a co-op barn where I took care of my own horse to a boarding facility was a necessity, but not one I was really looking forward to. I’m one of those barn rats who loves the barn work

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New Year’s Resolutions

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January marks the beginning of a new year, which brings along the excitement of change. I thought it would be fun to make a list of resolutions for me and my horse to try this coming year. Are you making

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A Day in the Life of an Eventer

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“You’re an eventer?! You must be crazy?!” is usually the first comment I hear when I tell other riders that this is my sport of choice. In reality, I’ve found that eventing is one of the most community oriented disciplines

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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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