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Keeping Bella Healthy on the Road

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I recently attended HITS Saugerties with my six-year-old cross-bred mare Bella to compete in the Adult Equitation and Low Adult Jumpers. The amount of time and preparation that goes into not only packing your horse but yourself is pretty intense.

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Keeping Up With The SmartPakers: September 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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2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show Recap

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SmartPaker Val and I closed out the month of August in Amarillo, Texas, where we attended the AQHA 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. Having grown up as a hunter/jumper turned event rider, you can imagine how excited I was

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Travel

Watch Out, We are Everywhere

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Can you believe this one? I was at my husband’s dirt bike race in Baldwinville, MA and ran into three different groups of horse people. Now you may be asking, well how did you know they were horse people? And

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Keeping Up With The SmartPakers: September 3rd 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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Newman’s Colic Surgery

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You all know Dr. Lydia Gray as the brilliant brain behind our weekly Ask the Vet series, but did you know she’s a rider and horse owner herself? In this blog, she gives you a behind the scenes look at

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Stories & Adventures

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

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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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