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SmartPak Barn Field Trip, Part 6: Q&A on Easy and Hard Keepers

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    Download the worksheet here to test your knowledge! When should you be concerned about your horse’s body condition score? What are some smart ways to help put weight on a hard keeper? How would you approach managing your

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Find Your Horse’s Winning Combination


The right multi-purpose supplement can provide your horse with a foundation for success It often seems that in the horse world, we spend more time focusing on how we’re different, rather than how we’re alike. For example, a weekend trail

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Ask a Non-Rider: Grazing Muzzles, Part 1

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SmartPak is a company full of riders, but believe it or not, there are some non-riders who work here. So we wondered what would happen if we asked them to explain some of the products we carry. We were NOT

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Stuff Riders Say to Non-Riders

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Ever been to the barn with a non-rider? Ever tried to have a conversation about your horse with someone who’s never been around horses before? Yeah? We have, too. And it never seems to go well. So we decided to

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#FarrierFriday: DJ Gouge

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Have you heard? Farriers are raving about SmartHoof! Find out how this farrier uses SmartHoof Ultra Pellets together with regular maintenance to keep his client’s horse’s hooves in tip-top shape. DJ Gouge Easton, IL “SmartPak provided me with a trial

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Meet Kim, Caroline, and Preston

#1 West
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The “L” Word


Laminae lowdown The term “laminitis” is used to describe an inflammation of the laminae, the tissue that connects your horse’s coffin bone to the rest of the hoof. This inflammation can be extremely painful, and in severe cases it can

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Meet Peggy and Poco

#1 West
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SmartPak Barn Field Trip, Part 5: Measuring horse height

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    Download the worksheet to test your knowledge (includes bonus questions not in the video)! How tall is your horse? How many inches are in a hand? Would you know how to safely use a height stick to measure

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Announcing SmartPak’s Ask the Vet video series

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Since 2007, our Staff Veterinarian, Dr. Lydia Gray has been answering your horse health questions in our Ask the Vet blog. She’s tackled all sorts of horse health topics ranging from colic in horses to joint health to eye injuries

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From “Flab” to “Fab”

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A recent study found that over 50% of horses and ponies are overweight.1 This is especially concerning because obesity can have serious impacts on a horse’s overall health and soundness. But it can be hard to know how to support

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Meet Jillian and Carthago

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SmartPak Barn Field Trip, Part 4: Estimating weight in horses

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    Download the worksheet to test your knowledge! How much does your horse weigh? Do you know how to figure it out without using a scale? What measurements do you even need to know to calculate your horse’s weight?

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Meet Megan and Hottie

SumSJ #1
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Stuff Riders Say on Christmas

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We know our non-riding friends and family try, but we only have so many places to display horse statues. Don’t let this happen to you – remind your friends and family that a SmartPak Gift Card is a gift that

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