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Start Spring Off on the Right Hoof

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Riding and horse ownership face a new set of seasonal challenges when the weather starts getting warmer. Rich new grass, shedding, mud, wild manes, and the “spring sillies” are all stumbling blocks to riding in the spring. Fortunately, working at

Posted in Stories & Adventures

An APHA gelding’s battle with the bugs

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Finally, spring has sprung! After a very long and cold winter, I feel like the weather these past few weeks gives me hope that my rides will no longer require me to wear four layers of clothing to keep warm

Posted in Lists

Peek In Our Paks: Lucy B

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Vinnie Discipline: Hunter/Jumper I have been riding in the hunter/jumper world since I was 6 and have done a bit of everything. Vinnie came into my life when we were both young,

Posted in Peek In Our Paks

Production – General Warehouse

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When most people say “work hard, play hard,” they don’t mean at the same time. But we’re not most people. We’re a little more awesome than that, and we’re willing to bet that you are too. At SmartPak, we’re serious

Posted in Jobs

Tips & Tricks For Shedding Season

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Spring is coming and the horses are shedding! I have put together a few useful products for helping your horse shed out this spring as well as some tips for an easier shedding season. Tips & Top Picks: Adding in

Posted in Blogs

Top spring picks for Western riders

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After a long winter, we’re ready to spring into spring here at SmartPak! Our VP of Western, Becki, shares her thoughts on her top picks to look great this season. Wrangler Ladies Floral Jade Premium Shirt Soft as silk, this

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Top spring picks for English riders

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Spring has finally sprung up here at SmartPak! Our VP of Merchandising, Melissa, has taken the time to share her top picks for the spring season. Melissa is an active competitor in hunter/jumpers and an avid world traveler, so we

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

On the Road with SmartPak: March Recap

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AQHA Convention SmartPaker Lissa: I attended the AQHA Convention in New Orleans with Becki, our VP of Western/Business Development. This was our first time to New Orleans so our fellow AQHA Corporate Partners, Team SmartPak Riders and other industry professionals

Posted in Travel

Horse Insurance 101

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Let’s face it, insurance falls way to the bottom of the list of topics any horse owner wants to talk about. Discussing worst-case scenarios doesn’t exactly make for enjoyable barn aisle or ringside small talk. Unfortunately, as in many areas

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Tax Refund Shopping!

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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

New Horse Shopping List

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It’s been about 7 years since I sold my first horse, Bella, when I went off to college. I’ve waited and waited (often not so patiently), and the time has finally come for me to buy a new horse! But

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Merchandising – Buyer

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When most people say “work hard, play hard,” they don’t mean at the same time. But we’re not most people. We’re a little more awesome than that, and we’re willing to bet that you are too. At SmartPak, we’re serious

Posted in Jobs

It wasn’t perfection, but that’s okay

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As a longtime hunter rider, it’s been ingrained into my head that everything needs to be perfect. In order to do well, we need to have the perfect pace, the perfect distances, the perfect number of even strides between the jumps of a line. Everything needs to be just right. But when it comes to riding, everything is not going to be perfect every time. In a recent lesson, everything didn’t go “just right,” but in the end, I realized that sometimes it is okay if everything doesn’t go perfectly.

Posted in Stories & Adventures

An April Fools’ Adventure

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Picture this, a bright and beautiful sunny day. There were few clouds in the sky and the temperature was around 70 degrees. SmartPakers Molly, Ellen, and I decided we wanted to go for a trail ride at our local state

Posted in Blogs

Show-day packing list

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Over the years of traveling to horse shows, the days of getting to the show and realizing that I forgot something at home are becoming few and far between (thank goodness!). When I was just starting out, it was not

Posted in Travel

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