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Recipe for a Shiny Coat

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Find out the key ingredients to your horse’s ultimate show-ring shine! Blue Ribbon Shine Makes: One shiny horse Prep time: 60 days 30 g daily SmartShine® Ultra with omega 3 fatty acids from flax seed and fish oil 1 each

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Barn Dogs: How to Make Good Manners STAY!

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“When you walk into the barn with your dog, what is the reaction of other boarders and riders?…”

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Blanketing Uncovered

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Have no fear the next time you hear the word “denier”! Get the answers to all your blanket questions here (even the ones you never thought to ask!).

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Smart Tips for Winter Rides

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As New Englanders, we SmartPakers love the fall. It’s a beautiful season full of glorious riding weather and two of the best holidays. But it’s also the warm-up act for winter, which is slightly less awesome when it comes to life in the barn.

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Blanket Folding

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How to Make a SmartSicle

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“Treats comes in all shapes, sizes and temperatures at Lucky Horse Equine Rescue in Bolton, MA. This summer, everyone’s been enjoying SmartSicles made from SmartPak’s SmartLytes® Supplement…”

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10 Tips for Picture-Perfect Pony Portraits

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“You’ve already got a bracelet with your horse’s name, a bumper sticker telling the world how much you love your pony, and heart-shaped doodles all over your notebook with your horse’s name inside. There’s just one thing missing: a portrait of your favorite four-hoofed friend. But before you decide to drop a hefty sum on a professional photographer, you might want to consider taking the photos yourself…”

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Bridle Fitting 101

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Whether you’re buying a new bridle or just trying to get the perfect fit for your current bridle, we’ve put everything you need-to-know in this short how-to video. Shop our entire collection of bridles »

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How to Measure for Tall Boots

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What You’ll Need • a cloth tape measure • a chair • your regular breeches and socks • a friend to measure you Measuring Calf • Put on the breeches and socks you normally wear with tall boots. • In

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How To Wrap Your Horse’s Legs

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Wrapping a horse’s legs is a barn skill every owner should master. From applying polo wraps for exercise to shipping bandages for trailering to standing wraps overnight in the stall, there are many reasons why the equine limb might need additional support.

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Body Clipping 101

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As you start spending more time in the saddle, gearing up for spring training and shows, you may have found that you’re having to spend more and more time drying your horse off after winter rides. Instead of furiously trying to sop up that sweat, consider body clipping your horse.

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How To Take Your Horse’s Vital Signs

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Knowing how to measure your horse’s temperature (T), pulse (P) and respiration (R) is a basic barn skill every owner should have.

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Dressing in Layers for Winter Riding

For those of us who love to ride during the winter months, dressing appropriately is a must! At Mountain Horse, we suggest layers – three layers is the magic number: a base layer, a mid-layer and an outer layer.

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Blanketing 101

Blanket shopping is exciting and fun, but it can also be a daunting task. With so many different styles, weights and technical terms, it can be tough to know where to begin. But here at SmartPak, we love to make it easier for you to take great care of your horse.

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Step-by-Step Cross-Country Leg Protection With Woodburn

What’s the best way to prepare your horse’s legs to wear cross-country boots? How do you prevent rubbing and excess moisture? Woodburn, our regular model (not to mention top event horse having come in second at Rolex this past Spring) shows us how it’s done with a bit of help from his groom, Emma Ford.

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