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Tips for Trying Horses

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I’ve been on the hunt for my next horse for quite a few months now. But it wasn’t until recently that I finally made it down to Florida to try a bunch of horses. After looking at a total of

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

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With spring just around the corner that means not only is it a good time for spring cleaning around the house but for the farm as well! Here’s my list of all the things that I like to do around

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The Gray Wars

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J.P. and I found each other in the beginning of 2011 when I was horse hunting for my next hunter/jumper project. I knew having a gray horse who was leaning towards the whiter side of the scale was going to

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Surviving the Spring Sillies

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I think we are all more than a little excited to be embracing the shining sun and slightly warmer weather that has been approaching. After many months of cold toes and muzzles, blanketing decisions, and furry horses, we are all

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SmartPak Goes West: Dressage in Los Angeles

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To wrap up the month of February, the SmartPak mobile store set up shop at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center for the California Dreaming Productions Mid-Winter CDI. We are so excited about our new partnership with California Dreaming Productions (CDP)

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I Don’t Collect Blue Ribbons

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I don’t collect blue ribbons because I’m not a competitive rider. While I attended a handful of schooling shows in my teens, showing never had an appeal for me. I’ve always been an animal lover and I fell in love

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The Top 5 Things Your SmartPak Customer Care Team Wants You to Know

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#1 We’re Riders, Too! We understand your horse-obsessed, dirt-under-the-fingernails, I’ll-be-home-soon-I’m-just-stopping-by-the-barn-quick life. OTTBs? We’ve got ‘em! Warmbloods? We’ve got ‘em! Morgans, Arabs, Quarter Horses, and Chincoteague Ponies? We’ve got ‘em! So there’s no question too big or too small for us

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Moving Home Again

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Who would have thought that I would be moving home again?! Well, I guess I’m not exactly moving home, but Lucy has. I decided it was best to move home for a while to save money for upcoming adventures this

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A Good Yawn Goes a Long Way

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It’s true, a good yawn really can go a long way! Let me explain: I started showing my last equine partner, Faith Hill, back in 2003 at Intro Level Test A and B at a local dressage schooling show. Back

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Fear, Courage & Redemption

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When people ask me what I do with my horses, I typically start with my riding horses. I say something like, “I have two Arabians, one who is semi-retired following a tendon injury, and one that I actively ride and

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4 Ways to Make Winter Riding More Fun

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This past weekend marked two sad events: the coldest temperatures we’ve experienced all winter and the departure of some of my fellow boarders’ horses for Florida. There’s nothing sadder than telling your barn mates, “Bye, have fun in Florida!” when

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Dressing for Cold Weather: A SmartPaker’s Tips for Staying Warm

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SmartPak is based in Plymouth, MA and the vast majority of our employees live here. While New England was lucky to have a warm fall and a relatively mild early winter, the temps here in Massachusetts hit single digits this

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A Day in the Life of a Dressage Show Scribe

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“Needs steadier connection” = 6.5 “Straight on center line, square and secure halt” = 8.0 “Could have better bend and balance” = 7.0 With exciting and interesting language like that awaiting my penmanship, I could hardly wait for the alarm

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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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