Blog Archives

Being a Good Boarder

goodboarder

As a former barn manager and current full boarder, I thought I would share some tips on how to maintain a successful partnership with your fellow boarders and your barn professional. Pay your bills on time Horse keeping is expensive.

Posted in Blogs, How To

Preparing for the Unexpected

preparingforunexpected

When people ask me “Why do you ride when it’s so dangerous and expensive?” (which, unfortunately, is true) I explain that my love of horses and a passion for riding make it something I’m driven to do. I’ve been riding

Posted in How To, SmartPak Features

How to be a great client for your farrier!

farrier2

Top 10 tips for getting the most out of your relationship with your hoof care professional A consistent trimming/shoeing cycle is necessary for your horse’s hoof health, and will make your hoof care professional’s job much easier. Schedule your appointments

Posted in How To

Recipe for a Shiny Coat

shinyCoat

Find out the key ingredients to your horse’s ultimate show-ring shine! Blue Ribbon Shine Makes: One shiny horse Prep time: 60 days 30 g daily SmartShine® Ultra with omega 3 fatty acids from flax seed and fish oil 1 each

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Health & Nutrition, How To

Barn Dogs: How to Make Good Manners STAY!

Biff_thumb

“When you walk into the barn with your dog, what is the reaction of other boarders and riders?…”

Tagged with:
Posted in Blogs, Canine Lifestyle, How To

Blanketing Uncovered

Blankets-Uncovered_thumb

Have no fear the next time you hear the word “denier”! Get the answers to all your blanket questions here (even the ones you never thought to ask!).

Tagged with: ,
Posted in How To, Videos, Webinars

Smart Tips for Winter Rides

Winter_Riding-thumb

As New Englanders, we SmartPakers love the fall. It’s a beautiful season full of glorious riding weather and two of the best holidays. But it’s also the warm-up act for winter, which is slightly less awesome when it comes to life in the barn.

Posted in Blogs, How To

Blanket Folding

Posted in How To

How to Make a SmartSicle

Ingredients_thumb

“Treats comes in all shapes, sizes and temperatures at Lucky Horse Equine Rescue in Bolton, MA. This summer, everyone’s been enjoying SmartSicles made from SmartPak’s SmartLytes® Supplement…”

Tagged with:
Posted in How To

10 Tips for Picture-Perfect Pony Portraits

SampleImage_C-thumb

“You’ve already got a bracelet with your horse’s name, a bumper sticker telling the world how much you love your pony, and heart-shaped doodles all over your notebook with your horse’s name inside. There’s just one thing missing: a portrait of your favorite four-hoofed friend. But before you decide to drop a hefty sum on a professional photographer, you might want to consider taking the photos yourself…”

Posted in How To

Bridle Fitting 101

hqdefault

Whether you’re buying a new bridle or just trying to get the perfect fit for your current bridle, we’ve put everything you need-to-know in this short how-to video. Shop our entire collection of bridles »

Tagged with:
Posted in How To, Videos

How to Measure for Tall Boots

How to measure tall boots

What You’ll Need • a cloth tape measure • a chair • your regular breeches and socks • a friend to measure you Measuring Calf • Put on the breeches and socks you normally wear with tall boots. • In

Tagged with:
Posted in How To

How To Wrap Your Horse’s Legs

iStock_000003999267XSmall

Wrapping a horse’s legs is a barn skill every owner should master. From applying polo wraps for exercise to shipping bandages for trailering to standing wraps overnight in the stall, there are many reasons why the equine limb might need additional support.

Tagged with:
Posted in Barn Skills, How To, SmartPak Features

Body Clipping 101

clipping

As you start spending more time in the saddle, gearing up for spring training and shows, you may have found that you’re having to spend more and more time drying your horse off after winter rides. Instead of furiously trying to sop up that sweat, consider body clipping your horse.

Tagged with:
Posted in How To, Videos

How To Take Your Horse’s Vital Signs

vet-steth

Knowing how to measure your horse’s temperature (T), pulse (P) and respiration (R) is a basic barn skill every owner should have.

Tagged with:
Posted in Ask the Vet, How To

Did you know?

Your horse could be eligible for $7500 of colic surgery reimbursement! Learn more »
Get your FREE catalog! Be the smartest rider in the barn! We deliver helpful how-to's, important horse health info, and catalogs full of the latest and greatest gear for you and your horse - right to your door! Best of all, everything we carry is handpicked by real riders and backed by our 100% Happiness Guarantee, so you can shop with confidence.
SmartPak is an Official partner of AQHA.
Members save 5% off all purchases.
Have questions? Contact us »
Connect with us:

Jen and Tally
Apparently I've been obsessed with horses since I was born, and I used to beg for pony rides on a regular basis. I started showing in 4-H, progressed to equitation and jumpers in high school and rode on the IHSA team in college where I also discovered the joys...

Learn more »

Ask the Vet
Every week our staff veterinarian, Dr. Lydia Gray, answers tough horse health questions from riders just like you.

Read her latest answer now »

Download our mobile apps

Put SmartPak in your pocket with these awesome apps!

Check It Out »

Healthy horses, happy riders.
SmartPak is committed to a greener planet.
Sign Up Now!
Free Catalog Get Yours Now!

SmartPak Equine is the premier online provider of horse supplies and equine supplements.
Questions? Call us Toll-Free at 1-888-752-5171. © Copyright 2013 by SmartPak Equine LLC. All Rights reserved.