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A Working Vacation


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


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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Tips for Trying Horses


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


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

Posted in Lists, Stories & Adventures

The Gray Wars

LB bath

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

spring sillies

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

Dressage Ring

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

Riding at Fairbanks (where I boarded in College)

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


#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


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


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


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

jno winter snow

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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