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To: Our Farriers, Love: the Horses of SmartPak

In honor of National Farriers Week, we asked our horses to share why they love their farriers! See what the horses of SmartPak had to say, and then share your farrier shout-out here in the comments or on our Facebook,

Posted in Stories & Adventures

A Day in the Life of Isaac

Hi, my name is Issac, I am an 8-year-old Collie who comes to work with my Auntie Jess every day. My mom Rachel works in the Returns Department at SmartPak and dogs can’t go into the warehouse, so I hang

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Dreams Do Come True

The last time I had been to Saratoga Springs, NY was in April of 1999, as a horse show groom. It was about this time that I was figuring out that as much as I loved working with horses, I

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Bring Out Your Inner Fly Ninja

I don’t know about where you are but here in Massachusetts we are now in full swing in our nasty ole fly season. Some of our warmer weather friends have been inundated already for quite some time and our colder

Posted in Gear Review, Stories & Adventures

The Adventures of the SmartPak Mobile Store: May & June

The SmartPak Mobile Store has been extremely busy for the last couple of months! We’ve been up and down the California coast visiting barns and attending shows. At the beginning of May, we were at the Del Mar Horse Park

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Clinics: A Stepping Stone from Home to Horse Show

Just a few short weeks ago my 6-year-old mare and I had the opportunity to attend a clinic with David Oliynyk. It had been a few years since I had the chance to attend a clinic like this, so we

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From “Cow Girl” to “CowGirl” – How I Bought my First Horse

I got bit by the “horse bug” at a really young age. It may have been the Breyer horses that my grandma gave to me for my birthday one year. However it happened, I was obsessed. My parents knew nothing

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5 Lessons from a Not-So-Green Horse

I’ve had my horse Sasha since she was a green six-year-old that was just beginning to learn the ropes of being a show horse, and those first couple of years together were a challenge. (You can read about our adventures

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HUB Club 2017 Annual Spring Clinic with Sterling Graburn: Horses, Drivers, and Auditors Take Home “Sterling” Silver Nuggets of Wisdom

If you closed your eyes – and your ears, carriages are quite noisy/squeaky – you could have imagined you were at a dressage clinic on May 27and 28 when the HUB Club hosted Sterling Graburn at the Fox Valley Saddle

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Top Tips for Preparing Your Horse for Surgery

The last thing that any of us want to hear as horse owners is that our beloved animals need to have surgery. In some instances, it is an emergency situation, such as a colic surgery, in which case there is

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The Shedding Woes

Is there anything better than the signs of spring? The trees and flowers are now in full bloom. The pollen is flying. The onset of summer is soon to come. The birds happily chirping rejoicing in the splendor and glory

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How to Pull a Mane with No Muss and No Fuss

You’ll need: • One horse with a mane • Said horse’s favorite treats • A human with fingers • Some sort of brush or comb I credit my previous horse, Leader, with teaching me how to pull a mane. An

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From Backyard to Boarding

I’ve had horses ever since I was eight years old, and I was lucky enough to be able to look out the window when I woke up every morning and see them grazing in the pasture. I grew up in

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The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About SmartPaker Sarah

I’m definitely most well-known at SmartPak for my role in our videos, but when I’m not saying stuff riders say, or asking the vet, or impersonating a horse, I can be found partnering with fellow SmartPakers on all our exciting

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Adventures of the SmartPak Mobile Store: April

Now that spring is here, the SmartPak Mobile Store is busy with shows! At the end of March we attended the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, which is a 3-day event. (Though it was more like a 5-day event because

Posted in Blogs, Stories & Adventures

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