The old adage “better safe than sorry” applies to countless aspects of horsemanship, but perhaps none more so than trailering. To help your horse stay safe, and yourself stay sane, keep your trailer well- stocked and organized, so that you’ll be ready for anything.
You probably know the difference between a full cheek and a D-ring, but what about an Uxeter Kimberwicke? We’ve explained a few unusual options and a bit about leverage (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!).
Your tack is gleaming, the hay bags are hung in the trailer, your boots are spit-polished and your horse stands beautifully braided. As you load up to go, your dog is sticking to you like glue, catching your eye with that familiar questioning look: “Can I go too? Can I? Can I? Can I?”…
Your horse instantly picks up on your attitude and his behavior probably reflects it. Here are seven ways you can de-stress before and during a competition.
It’s 4 AM, your gear is cleaned and packed like Tetris in the gooseneck, the horses are wrapped and loaded in the trailer, and your dog is already warming your seat in the truck. It’s horse show time and everyone seems to know it…
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The feeling of fresh and new that comes along with spring is inspirational. Horses who have been ridden in indoors all winter are fresh and sassy on their first rides outside. They get that little sparkle back in their eyes that dims a bit in the long winter months indoors…
At SmartPak, we’re fond of saying “we get you because we are you,” but that’s more than a motto, it’s truly a way of life. Recently, we caught up with Veronica, one of our fabulous Customer Care Team members, about her recent experiences getting back into the hunter ring after a 6+ year hiatus from showing.
Jakob Roeckl was a master leather tailor. Leather tailors of the time manufactured all sorts of small leather goods, but gloves in particular. After successfully passing his examination in Munich “with much praise and approval” to become a master craftsman, Jakob traveled to Vienna on foot, where he was able to broaden his knowledge and perfect his skills as a tailor and dressmaker at the imperial court. In 1839, Jakob dared to take the leap to found Roeckl and become independent with his small leather tailor business.
World famous for raising the bar in safety, Charles Owen is celebrating its 100 year birthday as a leading British manufacturer of riding helmets.
Sergio Grasso was established at the beginning of the 1980’s.The aim was to combine quality with traditional Italian skills to create the ultimate high tech riding boots. The twenty-year experience of the industrialist from Verona is intertwined with his huge passion for horses and riding. The entire Grasso family is involved in the project. Monica Grasso deals with customer relations, both for Italy and abroad, consolidating and expanding the worldwide branding.