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Winter Wither Woes: Blanketing tips for a high neck set

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If the neck opening of your horse’s blanket is tight across any part of the wither area, you’re not just risking rubbing out some mane…that blanket may be creating enough pressure to cause soreness. I’ve had my horse, Sawyer, for

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#TBT – Growing Up in 4-H

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Just down the road from where I grew up, there is a property knows as the Tolland Agricultural Center, or TAC as we called it. Consisting of a handful of buildings and a field in the back with two riding

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Peek in our Paks – Danielle F.

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore. This Month’s Pick SmartPaker: Danielle Department: Marketing Horse: Indy, 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood Discipline: Hunter

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Fit to Ride

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Team SmartPak rider Hope Glynn Team SmartPaker rider Hope Glynn knows that riding requires a considerable level of fitness in both the horse and the rider. But traveling around the country to horse shows can make it challenging to make

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Adopting Deedee

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Have you ever thought of adopting?? In all good conscience we toy with it often (no thanks to the sad commercials of forgotten pets or kids that just want to be loved with sad music playing in the background). These

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From Co-op to Boarding Barn

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Transitioning from a co-op barn where I took care of my own horse to a boarding facility was a necessity, but not one I was really looking forward to. I’m one of those barn rats who loves the barn work

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New Year’s Resolutions

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January marks the beginning of a new year, which brings along the excitement of change. I thought it would be fun to make a list of resolutions for me and my horse to try this coming year. Are you making

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A Day in the Life of an Eventer

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“You’re an eventer?! You must be crazy?!” is usually the first comment I hear when I tell other riders that this is my sport of choice. In reality, I’ve found that eventing is one of the most community oriented disciplines

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Winter Wishlist: Julia

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that Christmas is one of my most favorite times of year. I love helping folks with their Christmas shopping, decorating the office, and, of course, planning my own Christmas wishlist. As a

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Winter Wishlist: Adriana

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As winter and cold weather begins to set in here in New England, SmartPaker Adriana knows exactly what winter riding gear will be on her wishlist: Noble Outfitters Outrider Artic Glove I’ve been using the everyday version of this glove

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Things I’ve learned from my horse

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I pulled my current horse, Tally, out of a field back in 2012. She was eight years old but had minimal training, and whatever limited human interaction she’d had to that point in her life didn’t enamor her to the

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Why I’m Thankful to be a Horse Owner

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As we enter the holiday season, I’m busy shopping for friends and family and though it’s stressful trying to find the perfect gift, I’m reminded of all the people and animals I hold dear. Thanksgiving is a time for us

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A Dressage Clinic with “The Master”

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French, geometry, music, German, math, martial arts, Latin, history, equitation. Prep school courses? Or subjects covered during a visit from “The Master” Karl Mikolka? Former Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School and USDF Hall of Famer Karl Mikolka recently

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It’s Never Too Early to Prepare for Winter

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As I was riding through the woods the other day, enjoying what seemed like a wonderfully endless summer by New England standards, I felt a loud clunk from above. Aside from finding reason number 396 why I wear a helmet,

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3 Tips for Staying Relaxed and Confident

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When I younger, I struggled with a common problem that many riders face after taking a fall – losing my nerve. While I’ve gained a lot of my confidence back since then, being worried that my horse is going to

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