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E is for Electrolytes

E is for electrolytes

Your horse loses more than water when he sweats When your horse sweats, he loses water, salt, and other key minerals that are essential to normal nerve and muscle function, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium. If these key macro-minerals aren’t

Posted in Healthy Horses A to Z

D is for Deworming

D is for Deworming

The horse world is steeped in tradition (did you know that mounting from the left became standard because of the way knights carried their swords?). But the old ways aren’t always the best, especially when it comes to deworming. Deworming

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M is for Metabolic Health

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After the food your horse eats is digested, the metabolic system turns the fuel in that food into energy, powering his every move. But what happens when things go wrong? Equine Metabolic Syndrome, or EMS, refers to a collection of

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Seven Hidden Dangers Common in Every Barn

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In their natural state, horses tend to lead consistent, uncomplicated lives. However, even in the very best barns with the most conscientious owners, modern horses are often subjected to unnatural stresses that can pose serious health risks, from colic to

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Getting Chandler Back Into Shape After a Winter Off

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Unlike some of the more fortunate riders out there, I do not have an indoor ring. That means that Chandler and I ride either very sparingly or not at all during the winter months. That means that all of the

Posted in Stories & Adventures

All Green at the John Greenall Clinic

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While the steady rain may have dampened spring pastures, it sure didn’t dampen the spirits of the hearty drivers and auditors who attended the HUB Club’s 2016 annual clinic held April 29 – May 1 at Theresa Adams’ farm in

Posted in Stories & Adventures

C is for ColiCare

C is for ColiCare

Colic affects horses of every breed, age, and discipline. At SmartPak, we’re on a mission to support healthy horses and happy riders, and that’s why we created ColiCare™. What is ColiCare? ColiCare is a free, veterinarian-directed wellness program that provides

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Dog of the Month: Clyde

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By now, you’ve probably heard that one of the many perks about working for SmartPak is that we have a dog-friendly office (pretty cool, right?). While you might think that this would make for a loud and stressful work environment,

Posted in Canine Employee of the Month

B is for BCAAs

B is for BCAAs

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) include leucine, isoleucine, and valine, which are specific amino acids mobilized during exercise and used by the body for energy. That’s why BCAAs are often found in muscle health supplements like SmartMuscle® Recovery Pellets to

Posted in Healthy Horses A to Z

A is for Antioxidants

A is for Antioxidants

Close your eyes and picture a rusty trailer — yikes, right? That rust is the result of the metal undergoing oxidation, and the really scary part is that the cells in your horse’s body are all at risk for oxidative

Posted in Healthy Horses A to Z

My Trailering Essentials

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One of the joys of having a horse is the ability to take adventures off property. Whether you’re going to a friend’s farm, a clinic, a show, or just a day at the beach, you have the freedom for you

Posted in Lists, Stories & Adventures

#TBT – My Worst Fall

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There’s no denying it – I have the world’s worst memory. If I don’t write it down, then it didn’t happen (which is why I have schedules all over my house and to-do lists a mile long). However, one thing

Posted in Stories & Adventures

What to Do When The Human Goes on Stall Rest

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All riders understand the pain and frustration of having to put their horses on stall rest. There’s nothing we hate more than seeing our best friends stuck in their stall recovering instead of having fun in turnout and in the

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Know Sweat!

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During the hot days of summer, a horse covered in sweat is a common sight. But do you know what sweat is, why it happens, and what you should do if your horse doesn’t sweat? We’ve got the answers! What’s

Posted in Health & Nutrition

My Favorite Western Products for Spring

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Being a western rider and working at SmartPak is super exciting. I get to be right in the middle of a time when we are working hard to expand our product line to our western customers. Just this spring, we

Posted in Blogs

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