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10 Tips for Surviving “Behind the Scenes” at a Horse Show

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When a great SmartPak customer (who is now a good friend), Dr. Jeff Papows, mentioned he was taking over the management responsibilities of one of my favorite horse shows, which just so happens to be sponsored by SmartPak, I said

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Root for the Home Team

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Going to a horse show is kind of nerve-racking, right? You have to find out what ring your class goes in, get used to the different jumps and turns, find out where the food stand is, etc. You envy the

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Top Tips for Choosing a New Barn

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It may not be all about location, location, location Choosing a barn to board your horse can be an exciting but daunting task. Do you envision your horse enjoying huge, lush green grass turnouts encircled by freshly painted white fencing,

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Keeping Up With The SmartPakers: August 19th 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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AQHYA World Show Recap

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This past week SmartPaker Jen and I traveled down to Oklahoma for the second week of the AQHA Youth World Show in Oklahoma City. We had a great time and learned a lot too. I’m no stranger to the AQHA

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Journey to Our First Big Dressage Show (on a Rainy Saturday)

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It was a warm and sunny day in 2012 at the NEDA (New England Dressage Association) Spring Show and I was spectating, admiring all the beautiful horses and riders. My Connemara/Thoroughbred mare Luna and I had never competed at such

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Becoming an Equine Sports Massage Therapist

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As I entered my senior year at Cazenovia College, I was presented with many opportunities to research and discover my true passion – alternative therapies for horses. I started researching many different types of alternatives therapies that humans use in

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Finding Newman

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It was 2005. Star Wars Episode III was concluding the saga, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was flying off the bookshelves, and yes, we were already hooked on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. And I was “between” horses. I had retired my teenage off-the-track thoroughbred Distinct Leader because of a multitude of health and soundness issues and had been looking for almost two years for a new horse that might have more talent and less problems.

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – August 5, 2013

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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Finding Sawyer – Part II: Actually Finding Sawyer

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If you missed Part 1, read that first! At this point, the quest for my perfect Morgan horse began in earnest. My teenage self, the one with polo shirts and hairnets and perfectly shiny boots, was baffled. But my true

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A Hunter/Jumper Goes to Eventing Camp

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On the morning of Friday, June 21st, I pulled into the driveway at Valinor Farm in Plymouth, MA, feeling equal parts nervous and excited. I had signed up for a three-day adult eventing clinic, and it was the first morning.

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Traveling with Precious Cargo – One SmartPaker’s tips on long-distance shipping

My thoroughbred Sam has followed me to and from school while I was in college (a good five hour trip on a trailer) and made the long trip from NJ to MA (about six and half hours) when I started

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – July 22, 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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Finding Sawyer – Part I: Finding Myself

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My first pony was a shaggy, chestnut gelding named Dexter. Although I don’t come from a horsey family, my grandfather always loved horses, and bought me Dexter at a very young age, starting my lifelong passion. Those of you who

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Falling for Quarter Horses – A peek into the fall western photo shoot

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A lot of planning and coordination is required to pull off the SmartPak catalog! This time, the photo shoot was held at beautiful Whitney Ridge Stables, LLC (WRS) in Higganum, CT. The crew, consisting of SmartPakers Becki, Melissa, Lissa, Maria,

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