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How to Prep for a Horseless Vacation

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I totally understand you. Most days it feels like the few hours spent at the barn (okay, maybe it’s many hours or maybe you ran away from adulting for a day to hang out with your horse, I’m not here

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What My Horse is Wearing This Show Season: Bing’s Big Debut

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I’ve written about my horse, Bing, countless times and chronicled our adventures from the track (he’s an OTTB) to the hunter ring. The moment I have been waiting for has finally arrived…Bing and I will be making our debut on

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How to Design a Musical Freestyle

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I often hear riders (both dressage and other) wistfully say: I’d love to ride a musical freestyle! Riding to music is one thing – and has many benefits, such as blocking out other noise, getting your horse used to sound,

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The Most Important Thing My Horse Has Taught Me

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Chandler and I have been together for about 10 years now. Over those 10 years he has taught me many valuable lessons in patience and also common sense type things (unclip the horse from the trailer tie before opening the

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Working Like A Dog: A Day in the Life of Chloe

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Hi! My name is Chloe Laiosa. I’m a 13-year-old Lab/Terrier mix and my mom adopted me from the local pound years ago. It’s a funny story actually – she went in for a cat and I was just so adorable

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Pass the Sunglasses, Please!

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I love summertime. I love hot weather, the bright sun, and having to wear sunglasses and sunscreen every day. But while summer is my favorite season of the year, it’s also when I worry most about my horse’s skin. My

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Welcome, Spring!

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As the days get warmer and longer, the ground begins to thaw, and my horse’s coat begins to shed, I like to welcome in spring with my version of a little spring cleaning. When I have a free afternoon to

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Hay Is For Eating, Not Sleeping! (Right?)

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I’ve been a horse owner for about ten years and riding since my preteens. Over the years I have been to many different barns each with their own preferences and routine, but it wasn’t until this past year that I

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Ride for Grayce

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Traveling to Aiken, SC is almost a rite of passage in the equestrian world. It is horse centered small town that offers warmth and sunshine to us northerners far earlier in the year than we would experience at home. There

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16 Thoughts You Have on Horse Show Mornings

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At SmartPak we get you because we are you, and we get just how stressful horse show mornings can be. Regardless of our level or discipline, we all know how frazzled (and sometimes irrational) our thoughts can be as we

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Stuff I Can’t Live Without on a Show Day

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Let’s face it, horse show days are as stressful as they come. In a world of constant “hurry up and wait”, it is easy to forget items for your grooming box (hoof oil, I’m looking at you) or to sprint

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Sasha’s Goals for 2016

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The 2016 show season is almost here and it’s past time for me and Sasha to start thinking about our goals for the season. My big goal for this year is moving up to the 3’ adult amateur hunter division,

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A Working Vacation

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My non-horsey friend: “Where are you going on vacation?” Me: “Florida – can’t wait!” My non-horsey friend: “Cool – beaches or amusement parks?” Me: “Neither – I’m headed to Ocala to help my trainer and ride horses!” My non-horsey friend:

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Spring: A Hairy Ordeal

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Us horsey girls know that spring is near due to the fact that there is horse hair in every single crevice when we leave the barn. Shedding is a healthy, natural process that horses go through to get rid of

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Love Lilo!

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One of my favorite clinicians to audit each year is Lilo Fore, who owns and operates Sport Horse America in Santa Rosa, CA. Recently promoted to an FEI 5* judge (the highest classification), she has been a member of the

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