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Keeping the Retired Show Horse Engaged

Almost three years ago I retired my now almost 18 year old APHA gelding from the show ring after a long career traveling all over the country to attend shows chasing year end points and competing in everything from trail

Posted in Stories & Adventures

From boarder to owner

I guess I never realized just how much work it would take to move my horse to my own property, but I recently have had the opportunity to bring my horse home for the first time in my almost 20

Posted in Stories & Adventures

An APHA gelding’s battle with the bugs

Finally, spring has sprung! After a very long and cold winter, I feel like the weather these past few weeks gives me hope that my rides will no longer require me to wear four layers of clothing to keep warm

Posted in Lists

Show-day packing list

Over the years of traveling to horse shows, the days of getting to the show and realizing that I forgot something at home are becoming few and far between (thank goodness!). When I was just starting out, it was not

Posted in Travel

SmartPaker Ashley’s Barn Essentials for the Frigid Temperatures

Over the past few weeks the temperatures across the entire country have dropped dramatically. With -23 temps with the wind chill as the norm, there are a few things that I have made sure I had available at the barn

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Rocki’s Winter Closet – Finding the right blanket for a stocky horse

I swear, sometimes I feel like my horse has more outfits than I do! Rocki is a registered APHA gelding, about 15.2 and 1,000 lbs. He is your classic stocky build with short legs, a wide chest, and a fairly

Posted in Gear Review

Ashley’s Top 5 Winter Riding Accessories

As the leaves turn and evening rides after work begin to get cooler, it is time to think about pulling out all of the winter horse ‘stuff’. The classics have started to show up in my barn aisle over the

Posted in Gear Review

Peek in our Tack Trunks – Ashley D.

As a long time All-Around competitor, I have to admit that I have used many products along the way. But there are a few items that I always have in my tack trunk because I know what to expect from

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

An Eye for Trouble

After owning my APHA gelding for over 15 years now, nothing surprises me. I, like many horse owners that board their horses, still get that sinking feeling when you see your barn manager’s phone number pop up on your phone.

Posted in Health & Nutrition

On the other side of the in-gate

As a newly elected board member of the Kentucky Paint Horse Club, I was excited to help alongside my fellow club members this past weekend at the Spring Paint-O-Rama held in Frankfort, KY. This show was unique for me in

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Posted in Stories & Adventures

Peek in Our Paks – Ashley

Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the horses we adore…

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Posted in Blogs, Gear Review, SmartPak Features

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