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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – June 10, 2013


During the week, you know our life is no mystery: we are here working hard to make you happier and your horse healthier. But what do we do on the weekend, you ask? The mystery is revealed! Read about what

Posted in Stories & Adventures

We Heart Our Helmets


When I first started taking lessons at age 10, my mom made me promise to always wear a helmet when I ride and other than one crazy double bareback ‘trail ride’ (breakneck gallop through the woods) at a friend’s house

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Posted in Gear Review, Stories & Adventures

Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – April 29, 2013


During the week, you know our life is no mystery: we are here working hard to make you happier and your horse healthier. But what do we do on the weekend, you ask? The mystery is revealed! Read about what

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Posted in Stories & Adventures

Adopting Maddie


I started the search for my first horse in January of 2012. After years of leasing horses and taking lessons, I felt it was time for me to get my own horse, and live that dream I’ve had for myself

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Stop pests at the source

Stop pests at the source

Tired of endlessly spraying for flies? Sick of choking on chemical repellents? Prevent pests from becoming a problem in the first place! We’ve got four simple ways you can ensure your horses are fly-free all season long.

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Raise Your Joint IQ

Joint IQ

“Put your joint smarts to the test!”

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Posted in Basic Health Care, Diseases and Conditions

SmartOmega Man and the Omega 6 Overload


Modern horsekeeping puts your horse at odds with Mother Nature. Fortunately, there is a hero whose sole mission in life is to help bring your horse’s diet back into balance…

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A Year in The Life of a Hoof


“When it comes to supporting healthy hoof growth, there are many factors to consider, but the one most horse owners forget is patience! Cracking, crumbling, chipping hooves are not a pretty sight, so many riders start their horses on a hoof supplement hoping for a quick fix…”

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Coast-to-Coast Combo Conversation


If your horse is receiving multiple supplements for joint, hoof, and coat, consider our multi-purpose supplement as an all-in-one approach. The whole country’s talking about it

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Posted in Nutrition

Is Your Horse At Risk?


Recent research has shown there may be things you’re accidentally doing (or not doing) that are proven to increase your horse’s risk for colic.

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Blankets: Uncovered


We put our smarts to work for you, answering all your blanket questions (including the ones you never thought to ask!).

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Blanket Folding

Posted in How To

Stuff Non-Riders Say – Episode 2


I got to Valinor Farm about half an hour early on the Saturday we filmed the second and third episodes of ‘Stuff Riders Say.’
Sara was finishing up a ride in one of the outside rings, so I parked and headed over. I watched closely and learned about the difference between a “general trotting around speed” and a canter. I learned what a good transition from one speed to another looks like, and that the rider can feel when it doesn’t quite happen.

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Stuff Non-Riders Say

Bjorn Riding Diem

Sara teaching Bjorn that the horse, in fact, does not do all the work Let me start by saying I’m not a rider (the picture didn’t tip you off, right?) but I am an enthusiast in other pursuits. I build

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