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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


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


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

Ask the Vet Needs Your Vote: May

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Voting for this month has closed, but check back soon to find out what questions were chosen for the next “Ask the Vet” video. Thanks to everyone for submitting your horse health questions for our “Ask the Vet” video series

Posted in Blogs

Know Sweat!

sweating horse

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


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

Summer Lovin’


I don’t know about you but as the warm spring air has been upon us I cannot help but already start to be thinking about summer! Summer is probably my favorite season to ride, mainly because of how long the

Posted in Blogs

Managing the Feed Room


As a barn manager, it’s a big job to manage your clients’ horses and keeping up with all the changes that horse owners are constantly throwing your way. Let’s face it, between keeping up with the property, managing exercise schedules,

Posted in Stories & Adventures


Group Shot 2011

I recently celebrated a work milestone – 10 years working at SmartPak. It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since I started. It feels like a lifetime and five minutes all at the same time. Life before SmartPak happened

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Nemo’s First Dressage Clinic

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I found my horse Nemo just shy of 5 years ago. I always laugh when I tell the story of how I found him, as it was completely unplanned. At the time, my childhood horse was beginning to retire, and

Posted in Blogs, Stories & Adventures

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

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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

How to Prep for a Horseless Vacation

Hersh Walk

I totally understand you. Most days it feels like the few hours spent at the barn (okay, maybe it’s many hours or maybe you ran away from adulting for a day to hang out with your horse, I’m not here

Posted in Stories & Adventures

What My Horse is Wearing This Show Season: Bing’s Big Debut


I’ve written about my horse, Bing, countless times and chronicled our adventures from the track (he’s an OTTB) to the hunter ring. The moment I have been waiting for has finally arrived…Bing and I will be making our debut on

Posted in Lists, Stories & Adventures

Dog of the Month: Frankie

Frankie Beach

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

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