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Thanks, Super Farrier! <3 SmartPak

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As SmartPak’s Hoof Health Consultant, Danvers Child, CJF, has tackled your tough questions about hoof care and starred in over a dozen videos to help you take the best care of your horse’s hooves. While we’re thankful for all of

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Customer Care Representative

This individual is responsible for cultivating and managing relationships with our Riders while providing exemplary customer service.  Customer Care Representatives promote customer loyalty by demonstrating an understanding of our Riders’ horse health care needs, as well as tack, apparel, and

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What’s New at SmartPak: July

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We work hard to make sure that you’ll be able to make the most of your time at the barn with the gear we’ve found just for you. That’s why our selection of tack, apparel, barn gear, and more gets

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Bing’s Big Debut

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In the latest adventures of Bing, my 5-year-old OTTB, we attended our very first show together at the end of May! Bing was fantastic. I’m talking blow my mind, I can’t believe he was that good, fantastic. This schooling show

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Ask the Vet needs your vote!: July 2016

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This month’s poll is now closed! Thanks to everyone who voted, and don’t forget to check back to find out which questions get answered. Thanks to everyone for submitting your horse health questions for our “Ask the Vet” video series

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National Farriers Week 2016

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Did you know that National Farriers Week is right around the corner? The 18th annual National Farriers Week is from July 10th-16th, 2016! Your hoof care professional is an invaluable member of your horse’s health team. While we hope you

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N is for Nutrition

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Modern horsekeeping is sometimes at odds with how horses were designed to live and eat, but luckily there are realistic steps you can take to build your horse’s ideal diet from the ground up. 1. FORAGE In their natural state,

Posted in Healthy Horses A to Z

You Can Never Have Enough…

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1. Piper V-Neck T-Shirts For under $15, you don’t have to decide between colors—you can get one of each! They’re equally at home in the barn, around town and even at the gym! 2. SmartPak Lite AP Saddle Pad Perfect

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Birthdays are Made for Cake

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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,

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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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L is for Lower Colic Risk

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Every horse is at risk for colic. In fact, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) estimates that 900,000 horses will colic each year in the U.S. alone. Not only is colic common, it can be very serious — in

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K is for Potassium

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Potassium is a macromineral that plays an essential role in muscle contractions. All horses need potassium, but horses diagnosed with HYPP (Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis) need to have their potassium intake monitored closely, as too much can contribute to abnormal muscle

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J is for Joints

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Your horse’s body is an impressive machine. It’s designed to manage the normal wear and tear that’s associated with being a horse — an animal designed to be on the move! However, research has shown that joint problems are a

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Healthy Horses A to Z

Minimizing the Saddle Shopping Woes

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Saddle shopping – to a novice it sounds like fun, but it puts fear into the hearts of all who have undertaken it before. Does it fit me? Does it fit my horse? Will my horse change shape? Does my

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Dog of the Month: Cooper

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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,

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