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Summer Riding Essentials – Kids Edition


School is out and if your child is anything me when I was a kid, she is planning on spending every waking moment this summer at the barn. At SmartPak we have all the essentials the young rider would need

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Peek in Our Paks – Lexi K.


Staff Member: Lexi Department: Marketing Horse: Sasha Discipline: Hunter/Jumper Last fall, I started my search for a new horse. I’ve always had older, experienced horses, but this time I decided that I wanted to get a younger horse to bring

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Overcoming the Struggles of Winter Riding


As winter drags on, getting to the barn becomes increasingly more difficult. It’s dark out before I leave the office for the day, and the lack of daylight combined with frigid temperatures inevitably causes my motivation to plummet. My horse

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Rocki’s Winter Closet – Finding the right blanket for a stocky horse

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I swear, sometimes I feel like my horse has more outfits than I do! Rocki is a registered APHA gelding, about 15.2 and 1,000 lbs. He is your classic stocky build with short legs, a wide chest, and a fairly

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Baby its Cold Outside – Winter Equestrian Fashion (Without the Bulk!)


We are now deep into winter in most of the country, and this year has really been a doozy with all the snow and Artic temperatures across the country. As crazy horse owners though, there is no hiding inside. We

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Blanket Shredders Anonymous

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For some horses, the only thing better than getting a cozy new blanket is destroying said cozy new blanket. Today, we honor those particularly troublesome and uniquely loveable horses with some of the most impressive – and confusing – shredded

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Ashley’s Top 5 Winter Riding Accessories


As the leaves turn and evening rides after work begin to get cooler, it is time to think about pulling out all of the winter horse ‘stuff’. The classics have started to show up in my barn aisle over the

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Bradley for Every Body


We know smart riders come in all shapes and sizes—even at SmartPak! That’s why we designed Bradley with real riders in mind. See why these three SmartPakers love their Bradleys! “I’m Kaitlyn and I work on the marketing team at

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4 Reasons to Love Rockin’ SP


1. Obsessive attention to quality and detail We wanted Rockin’ SP to be a cut above your average working tack. With over a year in development, more than 20 different iterations, and test rides on over 30 horses, we finally

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Peek in Our Paks – Veronica B.


Staff Member: Veronica B. Department: Customer Care Horse: Buster Discipline: Hunter/Jumper I’ve been riding in the hunter/jumpers for over 19 years. Many things have changed over the years, but one thing that remains the same is my love for my

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Peek in Our Tack Trunks – Kerri V

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First off, I’d like to admit that I don’t actually have one trunk, I have three! Well, technically four if you count the small one, but to keep this to a blog and not a book, I’ll just cover my

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Summer Camp Essentials Under $160

Outfit Your Camper for Under $150: Kids New Rider Essentials Package: SSG Gripper Gloves are cool knit cotton glove with hook and loop fastening at the wrist. The palms are pimple grip and reinforced in key areas. Equi-Lite Helmets are

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We Heart Our Helmets


When I first started taking lessons at age 10, my mom made me promise to always wear a helmet when I ride and other than one crazy double bareback ‘trail ride’ (breakneck gallop through the woods) at a friend’s house

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3 Summer Looks for Under $160

Owning horses can be expensive, but looking great doesn’t have to be! SmartPaker Rachel used to think it was impossible to look great and still balance your barn budget. But after working at the SmartPak Retail Store and spending all

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Peek in Our Tack Trunks – Michelle M.

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Having just purchased my first horse ever about a year ago, it kind of amazes me how quickly I’ve accumulated so much stuff, but then again, it’s hard not to with horses! I guess an important aspect of all the

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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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