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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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10 Reasons Why Horses Make the Best Valentines

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Valentine’s Day is a day of love and appreciation, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate then explain why my horse, Samurai, makes the best Valentine! He never judges me for eating all the holiday chocolate He’s

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7 Ways to Love your Horse this Valentine’s Day

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I’m a big fan of ALL the ways you can totally spoil your horse. After all, with three semi-retired ones of my own, I am the first one to feel that my boys have earned every last treat! This Valentine’s

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: February 2014

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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 SmartPakers did this past month and see if any of our adventures sound similar to yours…

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A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 3: The Human

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A 3 Part Blog… The horses, the barn, & the human. Making sure the horses and the barn are ready for winter is critical, but there’s only so much time I can spend in the cold. In order to even

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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

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: January 2014

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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

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A Journey of a Hundred Horses

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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

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Ride Well Winner’s Recap

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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

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A Horse For Christmas

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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

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Driving Trials and Tribulations

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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

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

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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

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