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How To Wrap Your Horse’s Legs


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


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


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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A Groom’s Tale – Part II

SmartPak photo shoots are a lot of fun, but they’re also a lot of work. The preparation starts weeks in advance, the expectations are high and the timing is tight. The entire team is going full throttle, and no one stops until the job is done.

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Q&A: Metabolic Disorders

Question: I’ve been hearing a lot about metabolic disorders in horses, but the more I hear, the more confused I get! What’s the difference between IR, EMS and Cushing’s, and what can be done for horses with each condition?

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Put Your Best Hoof Forward


Your horse’s hooves form the foundation he needs to negotiate everything you ask of him. Learn how supplements can help make his hooves the picture of health.

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Nutrition 101

Nutritional deficiencies can have serious consequences, but feeding correctly can be tough. We’ll tell you what you need to know to feed for optimal health.

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Countdown to Shine

We all know that a clear round doesn’t come in a bottle, and you can’t spray on a collected canter. When we ride, we know that the best results come from months (or years) of hard work and preparation. So why is it that so many of us wait until the day before the show to start thinking about our horse’s coats?

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Trailering a Horse Long-Distance

My horse is going to have to make a 15 hour trip in the trailer this summer. I am going to break it up into two parts, but it is still not going to be any fun for him. He

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How To Fit a Helmet

    Confused on how to properly fit a helmet? Our friends from Charles Owen stopped by SmartPak to give us a quick demonstration on how to measure your head and test a helmet for fit. Looking for a new

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8 Supplement Myths BUSTED

Myth #1 – Healthy horses don’t need supplements False. A smart supplement program is a tool for maintaining your horse’s good health. Modern horse keeping puts horses under stress from limited grazing, stall confinement, feeding grain and training. These factors

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Healthy Joints at Any Stage

The number of joint supplements available can make selecting the right one for your horse difficult. Consider his and workload to help you get started choosing a product that suits his needs.

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