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Since the design of the Ariat Vortex Tall Boot (http://pak.horse/2lSKk1m) is different than other tall boots, it may be a little tough to get on the first couple times. Check out this video for tips on how to get your foot into the boot when you first get them.

Boots still don't fit the way you want them to? No worries! All sized items you buy from SmartPak come with Free Return Shipping, so you can send them back to us and exchange them for the right size...for free! For assistance in returning your boots, give us a call at 1-800-461-8898, email us at CustomerCare@SmartPak.com, or consult the paperwork that came with your boots. Have a great ride!

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This video is taken from the February 2017 episode (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL5fkB6DfVU) of SmartPak's Ask the Vet video series featuring SmartPaker Sarah and Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak's Medical Director and Staff Veterinarian. To see more from our Ask the Vet video series, you can check them out on the SmartPak blog (http://pak.horse/2bt0jyw), SmartPak's Horse Health Library (http://pak.horse/HHLvideos), or on our Ask the Vet playlist (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfYc1fRT-Znh7r1veIfAzMUHd-AsA85sY).
 
Want to know when the next Ask the Vet videos get posted? SUBSCRIBE to our channel! Want your question answered so you can win a SmartPak gift card? Ask your horse health question in the comments, on any of our social media channels, on our blog, or email them to CustomerCare@SmartPak.com and be sure to use #askthevetvideo.
 
Happy learning and #haveagreatride.

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You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about springtime shedding, spring shots, spring pasture, feed rations in spring, and Cushing's Disease, also known as PPID.

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
The Anatomy of Laminitis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubUMx2SrK4Y

Getting to the root of Laminitis: http://blog.smartpakequine.com/2014/07/getting-to-the-root-of-laminitis/

Using the Henneke Horse Body Condition Scoring System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY3yVC4l8K4

ColiCare Guidelines: https://www.smartpakequine.com/ColiCare
Annual Wellness Requirements for ColiCare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkwS8d92M2c

Supplements for a Cushing's horse: http://blog.smartpakequine.com/2010/10/supplement-for-cushings-horse/

Have some of your own questions? Ask away! If your question gets selected to be in one of our Ask the Vet videos, you win a SmartPak gift card! How awesome is that!? All you have to do is submit your question on this blog post before March 30, 2017, using #AsktheVetVideo.

If your question was answered in this video, reach out to us at CustomerCare@SmartPak.com and let us know! We'll get your gift card out to you as soon as we can!

You can also ask your questions on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or right here on our blog, where you can read all of Dr. Lydia Gray's Ask the Vet articles (http://pak.horse/1TxdXlf)!

Make sure to SUBSCRIBE so that you know when the next episode comes out - your question may be featured!

Questions answered in this episode:
1. As the spring comes and horses start to shed their winter coat, I thought of this question. Is it healthy to use a shedding blade to get the winter coat off faster or is it healthier to leave it alone and wait until the horse will lose his winter coat by himself?
2. When should I start my horses on pasture as the spring comes? I’ve heard after the winter the grass in the pastures get too much sugar and fructan and are not healthy for horses to graze on. When is the best time to start letting the horses out to graze?
3. How should the feed ration of a horse change in the spring and should it at all? Is it recommended, in general, to put a horse on less grain than he was in the winter? I know each horse is individual, but I would love to hear about this in general.
4. Does it make a difference at all if a horse has his/her spring shots in early or late spring? Does it affect the way he is going to respond to the shots or anything else?
5. What is Cushing’s, and what is it caused by? What can I do to manage it?

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This video is taken from the February 2017 episode (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL5fkB6DfVU) of SmartPak's Ask the Vet video series featuring SmartPaker Sarah and Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak's Medical Director and Staff Veterinarian. To see more from our Ask the Vet video series, you can check them out on the SmartPak blog (http://pak.horse/2bt0jyw), SmartPak's Horse Health Library (http://pak.horse/HHLvideos), or on our Ask the Vet playlist (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfYc1fRT-Znh7r1veIfAzMUHd-AsA85sY).
 
Want to know when the next Ask the Vet videos get posted? SUBSCRIBE to our channel! Want your question answered so you can win a SmartPak gift card? Ask your horse health question in the comments, on any of our social media channels, on our blog, or email them to CustomerCare@SmartPak.com and be sure to use #askthevetvideo.
 
Happy learning and #haveagreatride.

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Kristina from SmartPak talks about why she thinks the Instant Cooling Leg Wraps (http://pak.horse/2m56b6d) are so smart.

The smartest reason to get yours at SmartPak? Free Shipping Both Ways! At SmartPak.com, you’ll get free shipping every day on all orders over $75 and free returns on all sized items. Just another way it pays to be $mart.

Why We Love This:
Instant Cooling Leg Wraps feature a patented textile technology for animals which uses an advanced hyper-evaporative material. When activated by simply wetting, the wrap will drop up to 22 degrees colder than the outside temperature, reducing your horse's body temperature. The cooling effect can last for hours!

Favorite Features:
- Re-usable and easy to store
- Easy to activate by simply wetting
- Machine washable
- Great for use after strenuous exercise

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We get you, because we are you, and as riders ourselves, we know that buying a saddle is a big decision, so we’re here to help you out by giving you as many different views of the saddle as possible, plus all the relevant information we would want if we were making the decision! We even have an awesome Test Ride Program, so you can try it before you buy it! Get more info on our Test Ride Program by clicking here (http://pak.horse/1pKq7vM).

The Circle Y Alpine Rough-Out Trail Saddle made exclusively for SmartPak (http://pak.horse/2mBWuPs) offers fashionable pre-dyed, rough-out, chocolate leather with top grain leather lined jockeys and fenders. It features:

• Built with Circle Y Flex2® saddle tree
• Border tooling, with matching tooled stirrups
• Black top grain leather seat
• Brown iron silver spur concho’s
• Black saddle strings and leather tie straps
• 3-Way adjustable in-skirt rigging

Not sure if this is the one for you? Check out our other Saddle 360ºs (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfYc1fRT-ZnijEwEH_s_LzKuIjOgxIzSI), and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our channel so you’re the first to know when we come out with a new Saddle 360º!

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