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G.I. Know


Your horse’s gastrointestinal tract is the real hero At the surface, digestion seems like a pretty basic concept. Food turns into manure, simple as that, right? Not quite… Your horse’s gastrointestinal tract is surprisingly delicate and complex, with many moving

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Winter Wishlist: Adriana

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As winter and cold weather begins to set in here in New England, SmartPaker Adriana knows exactly what winter riding gear will be on her wishlist: Noble Outfitters Outrider Artic Glove I’ve been using the everyday version of this glove

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Have you checked __________ ?

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Working with an unpredictable, nervous, excitable horse isn’t fun (for you or your horse), so it’s an important problem to solve. But where do you begin? Start by checking these common root causes of “bad” behavior, and you’ll be one

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Things I’ve learned from my horse


I pulled my current horse, Tally, out of a field back in 2012. She was eight years old but had minimal training, and whatever limited human interaction she’d had to that point in her life didn’t enamor her to the

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Seasonal Sales Associate, SmartPak Mobile Store (Southern CA)

General Summary Interested in traveling to some of the West Coast’s biggest horse shows? An exciting seasonal opportunity is available with SmartPak’s West Coast Mobile Unit as a Sales Associate assisting with all phases of the store’s operations. This position

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ASTM/SEI Change is NBD


NBD is, of course, short for “no big deal.” We’ll tell you what you need to know and what you don’t need to worry about. There’s been some hubbub made about the upcoming ASTM/SEI standard change for riding helmets, so

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#FarrierFriday: Emmanuel Fisher

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Have you heard? Farriers are raving about SmartHoof! Find out how this farrier uses SmartHoof Ultra Pellets together with regular maintenance to keep his client’s horse’s hooves in tip-top shape. Emmanuel Fisher Paxinos, PA “I’ve been a farrier for 15

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Why I’m Thankful to be a Horse Owner

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As we enter the holiday season, I’m busy shopping for friends and family and though it’s stressful trying to find the perfect gift, I’m reminded of all the people and animals I hold dear. Thanksgiving is a time for us

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Horse of the Month: Mister K

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Horse of the Month: Mister K Breed: Arabian Age: 32 years PATH Intl. Member Center: Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc (SMART) Location: Bradenton, FL Mister K is a 32-year-old Arabian mix gelding. He stands right at 14.2hh and

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Frequently Asked Questions: GI Tract

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1. How do I know if my horse needs stomach support, hindgut support, or both? It can be tough to know what kind of GI tract support your horse needs. However, since your horse’s stomach and hindgut have very different

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A Dressage Clinic with “The Master”


French, geometry, music, German, math, martial arts, Latin, history, equitation. Prep school courses? Or subjects covered during a visit from “The Master” Karl Mikolka? Former Chief Rider of the Spanish Riding School and USDF Hall of Famer Karl Mikolka recently

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ColiCare: Fact or Fiction?


When we tell horse owners they can get up to $7,500 of FREE colic surgery reimbursement with ColiCare, some think it’s too good to be true, so we’re setting the record straight! ColiCare is compatible with my horse’s current insurance

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Salt or Electrolytes?


Salt (also known as sodium chloride or NaCl) plays an important role in normal nerve and muscle function and can help encourage your horse to drink, making it critical for his well-being. Adult horses in no work need at least

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Success! Life After Colic Surgery

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Real stories of life-saving surgery, the road to recovery, and returning to riding Colic is every horse owner’s worst nightmare, and it’s more common than you may think. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) estimates that 900,000 horses will

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It’s Never Too Early to Prepare for Winter


As I was riding through the woods the other day, enjoying what seemed like a wonderfully endless summer by New England standards, I felt a loud clunk from above. Aside from finding reason number 396 why I wear a helmet,

Posted in Blogs, Stories & Adventures

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