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What Happens in Vegas…

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SmartPaker Jamie and I started out the month of October with a trip to Las Vegas where we attended the 2013 SmartPak AQHA West Novice Championship Show. This was my second time attending an AQHA event and since AQHA Select

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Uncovering Lyme: A Tricky Diagnosis

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I’m the proud owner of a 16-year-old thoroughbred named Samurai. Sammy and I have been together for six years, and we know each other pretty well. I’ve doctored numerous cuts and abrasions, spent days wrapping and unwrapping legs, and what

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Reunited and it feels so good!

Teaguer and I 11 years ago. Teaguer was only about 6 months old and I was 16 years old!

My family has always gone to Chincoteague Island for vacation. As a young, horse-crazed girl, it was always my dream to own a Chincoteague pony. One year, my dad made the mistake of making a bet with my sister and

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SmartPakers Ride Dressage with Dueck

Catching up with Team SmartPak riders isn’t always easy during a busy show season but last weekend we did just that. Team SmartPaker Shannon Dueck visited with SmartPakers to teach a dressage clinic and gave some of our riders a

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Team SmartPak

Solving the Lameness Puzzle

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As a longtime horse owner, I’ve learned that there’s nothing worse than knowing that your horse is hurting. My horse Superman is no stranger to health issues – last year we dealt with a few bouts of mild colic, a

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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

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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