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Welcome, Spring!

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As the days get warmer and longer, the ground begins to thaw, and my horse’s coat begins to shed, I like to welcome in spring with my version of a little spring cleaning. When I have a free afternoon to

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Hay Is For Eating, Not Sleeping! (Right?)

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I’ve been a horse owner for about ten years and riding since my preteens. Over the years I have been to many different barns each with their own preferences and routine, but it wasn’t until this past year that I

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Ride for Grayce

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Traveling to Aiken, SC is almost a rite of passage in the equestrian world. It is horse centered small town that offers warmth and sunshine to us northerners far earlier in the year than we would experience at home. There

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16 Thoughts You Have on Horse Show Mornings

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At SmartPak we get you because we are you, and we get just how stressful horse show mornings can be. Regardless of our level or discipline, we all know how frazzled (and sometimes irrational) our thoughts can be as we

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Stuff I Can’t Live Without on a Show Day

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Let’s face it, horse show days are as stressful as they come. In a world of constant “hurry up and wait”, it is easy to forget items for your grooming box (hoof oil, I’m looking at you) or to sprint

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Sasha’s Goals for 2016

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The 2016 show season is almost here and it’s past time for me and Sasha to start thinking about our goals for the season. My big goal for this year is moving up to the 3’ adult amateur hunter division,

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A Working Vacation

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My non-horsey friend: “Where are you going on vacation?” Me: “Florida – can’t wait!” My non-horsey friend: “Cool – beaches or amusement parks?” Me: “Neither – I’m headed to Ocala to help my trainer and ride horses!” My non-horsey friend:

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Spring: A Hairy Ordeal

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Us horsey girls know that spring is near due to the fact that there is horse hair in every single crevice when we leave the barn. Shedding is a healthy, natural process that horses go through to get rid of

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Love Lilo!

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One of my favorite clinicians to audit each year is Lilo Fore, who owns and operates Sport Horse America in Santa Rosa, CA. Recently promoted to an FEI 5* judge (the highest classification), she has been a member of the

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Tips for Trying Horses

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I’ve been on the hunt for my next horse for quite a few months now. But it wasn’t until recently that I finally made it down to Florida to try a bunch of horses. After looking at a total of

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

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With spring just around the corner that means not only is it a good time for spring cleaning around the house but for the farm as well! Here’s my list of all the things that I like to do around

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The Gray Wars

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J.P. and I found each other in the beginning of 2011 when I was horse hunting for my next hunter/jumper project. I knew having a gray horse who was leaning towards the whiter side of the scale was going to

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Surviving the Spring Sillies

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I think we are all more than a little excited to be embracing the shining sun and slightly warmer weather that has been approaching. After many months of cold toes and muzzles, blanketing decisions, and furry horses, we are all

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SmartPak Goes West: Dressage in Los Angeles

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To wrap up the month of February, the SmartPak mobile store set up shop at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center for the California Dreaming Productions Mid-Winter CDI. We are so excited about our new partnership with California Dreaming Productions (CDP)

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I Don’t Collect Blue Ribbons

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I don’t collect blue ribbons because I’m not a competitive rider. While I attended a handful of schooling shows in my teens, showing never had an appeal for me. I’ve always been an animal lover and I fell in love

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