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Road Trippin’ – Horse Relocation Style


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


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

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Highs and lows: Part 1


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

Posted in SmartPak Features, Stories & Adventures

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


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


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

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How I Became a Vet—Part II: The Veterinary School Years


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

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Creating a Happy Farm Life


Living on a farm certainly has its challenges, and making sure all of the animals are all healthy and well cared for is sometimes a feat on its own. On my farm, I have a menagerie of animals: horses, goats,

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When did my horse get old?


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


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


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


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


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

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Travel

Start Spring Off on the Right Hoof


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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