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Jumping in FL

Florida has been a dream of mine for many years. Not the Mickey Mouse, roller-coaster Florida, but the green pastures, miles of fence-line, horses as far as the eye can see Florida. This year, due to the generosity of my

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Taking on a project horse

Winston - Project Horse

I manage a small co-op barn at a private farm with four stalls and two other horse owners. Usually we have all four stalls filled, but recently we lost a horse to a bad leg injury. That empty stall has

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Keeping your Veterinarian Happy


Several of my good friends happen to be veterinarians, and a lot of the anecdotes they’ve been sharing lately are about how their already long days get drawn out, sometimes crazily so, because of little details that their clients don’t

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2014 Take-aways


What a year! I look forward to learning new things each year, especially in my riding. This year has been one of the best ever, despite losing most of the show season due to a lameness issue. Looking back, I’ve

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Highs and lows: Part 1


After our fantastic Training Level debut at GMHA Horse Trials in early June, I was extremely excited about our next event, Groton House Farm in Hamilton, MA. This is a historic event, hosting national and championship horse trials since the

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Moving up – How I knew we were ready

Tally GMHA training 6.14 post stadium

In every equestrian sport there are various levels of competition, and a goal for many riders is moving up to the next level. In Eventing, we have six levels – Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced. I went

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Getting a horse back in shape for spring


Now that the snow and ice have melted, it’s time to think about getting the horses fit for the upcoming show season. Here in New England, we have a tough time maintaining our horses’ fitness year round due to the

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Summer Camp Isn’t Just for Kids

Photo credits – Abby Clutz (dressage) and Flatlandsfoto (stadium)

Recently, Tally and I went to our first multi-day event up at the Green Mountain Horse Association in Vermont. We competed at our second USEA-recognized event and then stayed for a week of horse camp, which was just about the

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A Troublesome Wolf Tooth


Tally came into my life a little more than a year ago, and when I first had the dentist out to float her teeth he mentioned that she still had a wolf tooth on the right side of her mouth.

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Ten Years with Bella


Bella was my very first horse (pony?) purchased in my mid-20’s with my first non-horse job paycheck. She was 4, barely broke but quiet to ride and I thought she’d be a fun re-sale project. I’d trained numerous horses for

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Peek in Our Paks – Jen B.


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

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SmartPak’s Third Annual Outing at Apple Knoll

The store’s Third Annual Team SmartPak outing to the Apple Knoll Jumper Schooling Show in Millis, MA was a fantastic evening filled with happy ponies and delicious food. We were very lucky to have one of the few sunny days in

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SmartPak's Retail Store Associates Share Their Experiences At College- Meeting New Friends and Horses to Ride

Hello SmartPak and our wonderful customers! Greetings from Boulder, Colorado; I’m here at the University of Colorado which I love, but I must say I do miss the east coast and of course everyone at SmartPak. As a freshman I

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2nd annual Team SmartPak outing to Apple Knoll

by Jen B., SmartPak Store Manager We had a screaming good time at the 2nd annual Team SmartPak outing to the Apple Knoll Jumper Show on Wednesday June 25th! Six store employees rode in the show, and everyone else came

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Smartie’s View

SmartPak’s Retail Store from the pony perspective By Smartie, the SmartPak Shetland Mascot When you’re only 7.1 hands high, you see things most people miss. My name is Smartie – I’m the pinto Shetland pony standing guard at the entrance

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Apparently I've been obsessed with horses since I was born, and I used to beg for pony rides on a regular basis. I started showing in 4-H, progressed to equitation and jumpers in high school and rode on the IHSA team in college where I also discovered the joys...

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