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Adventures of a first-time Show (horse) Mom: Part 2 – Be on time, no really, we’re waiting

As we covered in Part 1, I haven’t actively participated in a horse show in decades. Even with somebody else planning every detail of our show outing, I still felt incredibly rusty. But the show must go on (see what

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Back in the ring (or just outside of it): Adventures of a first-time Show (horse) Mom

Part 1 – Getting Back to the Ring As a kid, I was no stranger to the show ring. The cycles of wash, shine, prep, hurry, and wait were normal parts of being a part of the horse world. Life

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A little help from my friends

When I adopted Kai at 9 months old, I was looking forward to bringing him along myself. We started easy, spending time together and bonding in turnout and working on our grooming time. He was a natural. Loved being around

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When I walk outside

When I walk outside, the slate is wiped clean. When I walk outside, I turn to the right and walk toward the back paddock. Letting out a short whistle I peek around the corner and look for my red heads.

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The Pain… “Joy” of Saddle Shopping

Let me preface this blog with the fact that I hate jean shopping. Hate’s not even a strong enough word, loathe, despise, abhor, all compounded together in a run on sentence of hate is a better description of my feelings

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A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 3: The Human

A 3 Part Blog… The horses, the barn, & the human. Making sure the horses and the barn are ready for winter is critical, but there’s only so much time I can spend in the cold. In order to even

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A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 2: The Barn

Winter really does make the barn and all of the turnout fields gorgeous! I took this picture one early morning while doing breakfast, and it’s one of my favorites. But with the beautiful white snow and peaceful mornings comes a

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A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 1: The Horses

I grew up in Northern California where “cold” was when it occasionally got below 40°F. New England winters were a shock to my senses and came with a slew of new experiences and challenges. Snow!? That’s the thing you go

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Peek in Our Paks – Cathlin B.

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

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AQHA Youth Worlds 2010 – Home Run Hit!

Arena of Dreams – When I heard about this year’s theme for the Youth Worlds my mind immediately jumped to the 1989 film classic Field of Dreams and the unforgettable mantra “If you build it, they will come.” Well that’s

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Conquering Congress

I was a last minute team addition to an event SmartPak had spent months preparing for. It was our first trip to the All American Quarter Horse Congress and my first time attending a show with SmartPak. While I’ll admit

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