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Top Tips for Preparing Your Horse for Surgery

The last thing that any of us want to hear as horse owners is that our beloved animals need to have surgery. In some instances, it is an emergency situation, such as a colic surgery, in which case there is

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The Importance of Down Time

Sometimes we can all use a vacation, and as I recently learned, that can go for our horses too! Over the past few months, my mare Luna has been acting uncharacteristically grumpy and spooky. While she has always been a

Posted in Stories & Adventures

SmartPaker Picks: My Favorite New Products

As a longtime SmartPak employee, I am fortunate to get to see so many new, unique and innovative products- by far the hardest part is not buying them all! Below I’ve put together a few of my favorite new products

Posted in Gear Review, Stories & Adventures

When It’s Just Too Cold to Ride

As a resident New Englander, we are a pretty hardy bunch, and with the good fortune of having an indoor arena, I usually find myself riding in most of the winter weather, including snow and ice. But my horse has

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Birthdays are Made for Cake

Recently, my horse Riker celebrated his 23rd birthday. Now I have to admit, in the nearly 20 years I’ve owned him, I’ve never made a huge deal about birthdays. In fact, I’ve occasionally forgotten to celebrate the day. This year,

Posted in Favorites, Stories & Adventures, Videos

#TBT – That Time My Horse Jumped Out of the Arena

Like many riders, I have numerous favorite horse show memories, but there is one that stands out clearly as both the most humorous and the most memorable. It was August 1996, and my horse Riker and I were competing in

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Top Tips for Managing Respiratory Issues

Respiratory issues can be difficult to diagnose, treat, and manage, but with the right plan you can help your horse breathe easier. In this blog I’ll share my top tips for keeping your horse’s respiratory system healthy and managing issues.

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Helping Your Horse Move to a New Barn

Let’s face it- moving is rarely fun! And just like for you, moving can be really stressful on your horse. For those of us that board, and even those that keep their horses at home, moving is likely to be

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Travel

Managing Stifle Issues

As any horse owner who has dealt with them can attest to, stifle issues can be tough to diagnose, treat, and manage. In the blog below, I’ll share my top tips for what has helped my horse Luna stay comfortable

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Tips for Juggling a Busy Schedule and Horses

Like many riders, I have to balance barn time with an otherwise full schedule, and it isn’t always easy! Most of us have to manage riding, family, work, and other responsibilities, and it can be challenging to find the time

Posted in SmartPak Features, Stories & Adventures

Tax Refund Shopping!

I’m not sure about you, but any time I get some extra cash, it’s hard not to spend it all on new gear! While I did set aside some of my tax refund this year for boring things like credit

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Peek in Our Paks: Kerri V.

Staff Member: Kerri Vuolo Department: Marketing Horse: Riker, 20-year old Appendix Quarter Horse Discipline: Trail Riding I started riding at the age of 10, and by the time I turned 11 I convinced my parents to purchase my first horse,

Posted in Barn of the Month

A Horse For Christmas

As any horse-crazy child can attest, the greatest Christmas gift one could ever receive is an equine friend. In this blog, several SmartPakers share their fond memories of getting a horse or pony for Christmas. Have you ever received a

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Journey to Our First Big Dressage Show (on a Rainy Saturday)

It was a warm and sunny day in 2012 at the NEDA (New England Dressage Association) Spring Show and I was spectating, admiring all the beautiful horses and riders. My Connemara/Thoroughbred mare Luna and I had never competed at such

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Peek in Our Tack Trunks – Kerri V

First off, I’d like to admit that I don’t actually have one trunk, I have three! Well, technically four if you count the small one, but to keep this to a blog and not a book, I’ll just cover my

Posted in Gear Review, In the Tack with the Pak

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