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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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Things I’ve learned from my horse

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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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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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A Dressage Clinic with “The Master”

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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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It’s Never Too Early to Prepare for Winter

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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,

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3 Tips for Staying Relaxed and Confident

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When I younger, I struggled with a common problem that many riders face after taking a fall – losing my nerve. While I’ve gained a lot of my confidence back since then, being worried that my horse is going to

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Peek in our Tack Trunks: Sarah G.

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Throughout my years of riding, leasing and fostering, I’ve managed to gather a rather large collection of horsey-stuff. I’m learning what I love and what I can do without. Here are a few things that Gabe and I can’t live

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How to Train Your Equine-Turned-Dragon: A Stall Rest Saga

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SmartPaker Jenna shares the story of her horse Hershey’s stall rest saga: For equestrians the phrase “stall rest” is about as horrifyingly vague as “tax audit” or “temporarily out of stock“. Knowing my active and easily-bored gelding, it sounded like

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Peek in our Paks – Eden B.

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore. This Month’s Pick SmartPaker: Eden Department: Customer Care Name: Toy Story (“Woody”) Discipline: Hunter/Jumper

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5 Ways to Make Your Barn Manager’s Life Easier

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I currently board my mare at a full board facility, and with a full-time job I am very fortunate for that! However, I have also had the opportunity to be in many different boarding situations, including rough board and co-op

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You’re Never Too Old to be a Barn Rat

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When the weekend arrives and I have two whole glorious days to spend in Barn Rat mode, I get all giddy inside! I instantly fall back into the routine I developed over 20 years ago when I was first given

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Summer Fun! Swimming with Horses

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So what do you think of the title of my blog? Does it make you instantly go into a panic? Or maybe gets you totally excited? Where does it take you? On the trails to the pond? To the beach?

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Pond + Pony

Towards the end of last summer my barn owner had what she called a “brilliant” idea. She thought it would be a great idea to wrap up the summer with an epic trail ride. Epic can mean something different to

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Wearing a helmet saved my life!

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Some days are just another day at the barn. Some days and experiences can change your life. Here is my story, and the reason I’ll never ride without helmet again. What happened? I was a very confident rider at the

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Horses: Hawaii Style!

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My husband and I finally made it back to Hawaii in January 2015 for a belated anniversary gift to ourselves. We had officially tied the knot in The Aloha State (we got “maui’d” on Maui) and loved it so much

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Travel

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Apparently I've been obsessed with horses since I was born, and I used to beg for pony rides on a regular basis. I started showing in 4-H, progressed to equitation and jumpers in high school and rode on the IHSA team in college where I also discovered the joys...

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