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    07-03-2012, 12:39 PM
  #11
Trained
I don't know about smartflex, but smart hoof is cheaper than a lot of other hoof supplements and has more in it than a lot of them. I think it works really well, my horse is on a dose and a half because she has bad cracks that arent done growing out.
     
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    07-03-2012, 01:04 PM
  #12
Yearling
Izzy has been on SmartFlex II from SmartPak since the beginning of May and I can really tell a difference in her stiffness. The vet and I discussed injections to see if that would help with her soundness but he suggested I try SmartPak first. Glad I did. She is a different horse. Love SmartPak!!! (hate the price...but we do what we have to do to keep them feeling good)
     
    07-03-2012, 02:56 PM
  #13
Foal
Hi There. I recently checked out smartpacks for my Arabian, Khaiyaann. He's been SO sick lately and ~anything~ that might help him is worth it to me. Anyway, After much research into the supplements that go into the smartpacks, I found out that each supplement can be purchased elsewhere, in bulk, at a cheaper price. As an example: Recovery EQ can be purchased from smartpack, BUT I found t on Amazon for 1/4 the price! The up side to this is that it saves QUITE a bit of money. The down side is that the owner/care giver has to mix and measure different supplements. BUT if you have the time to open smartpacks, you probably have the time to open a few different supplement containers and mix them with feed.

I don't think that individually packaged supplements offer much more freshness than bulk supplements as long as the bulk ones are stored properly in air tight containers. Personally I wouldn't purchase more than 1-3 months supply of bulk supplements though, just to keep it fresh.

That's just my 2 cents! Your mileage may vary!
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    07-03-2012, 03:04 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by corgi    
Izzy has been on SmartFlex II from SmartPak since the beginning of May and I can really tell a difference in her stiffness. The vet and I discussed injections to see if that would help with her soundness but he suggested I try SmartPak first. Glad I did. She is a different horse. Love SmartPak!!! (hate the price...but we do what we have to do to keep them feeling good)
Hey, it's very easy to find out what's in the smartpacks, and then find each individual supplement elsewhere to save a TON of money! At least I did that myself for my gelding. The supplements that smartpacks suggested for him were not their own proprietary blends, so I found them cheaper in bulk. :) You can also scope out the ingredients of each supplement and find comparable blends that are cheaper.

I don't know if smartpacks have their own proprietary blends. All I know is that the suggestions they made for my boy were all supplements and blends made elsewhere, and all smartpack did was individually package daily doses so that owners/care givers didn't have to mix and measure etc.
     
    07-03-2012, 03:10 PM
  #15
Trained
I love SmartPak. It ends up being about the same price as me buying buckets of pellets. The pluses of getting Paks are 1) I get a package every month! (I love getting mail, ha). 2) I know my horse is getting the exact amount of her supplements and 3) if you get SmartPaks, they usually send along a small catalogue or pamphlet about other products...and usually include promo codes for SmartPak users.

Definitely have amazing customer service too. If you have any questions, they are more than happy to help.
     
    07-03-2012, 04:01 PM
  #16
Yearling
We've used SmartPak for years and I absolutely love them. We board and rather than ask our BO to dose out supplements all the time, it's much easier for her to just dump the SmartPak into the feed at feeding time. It's a little more than just buying a tub of the stuff would be, but this way I know for SURE that my horse has gotten what he needs...BiotinPlus for his hooves and OneAC for his anhydrosis. And it makes traveling with the horses a breeze. Count the days, count the dosages, throw them in a bag and you're off!
     
    07-03-2012, 05:17 PM
  #17
Foal
I love SmartPaks! My boy is on Smartflex Senior and Horseshoer's Secret. I used to do the buckets but I would run out at different times and felt like I was constantly ordering this bucket or that bucket. Now its all automated and it makes it easier when I have to have someone feed for me.
     
    07-03-2012, 05:43 PM
  #18
Yearling
I also love SmartPaks. I've seen a huge improvement in my mare's coat and skin since we started on it. I do buy my Cosequin elsewhere because its cheaper and not a blend, but the 3 blended supplements I get from SmartPak are worth every dime, especially since I don't give them to her, the person graining at night does. I see the empty Smartpaks in the garbage in the morning and know she got exactly the right amounts.
     
    07-03-2012, 06:56 PM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Me and Smiling Horse    
Hey, it's very easy to find out what's in the smartpacks, and then find each individual supplement elsewhere to save a TON of money! At least I did that myself for my gelding. The supplements that smartpacks suggested for him were not their own proprietary blends, so I found them cheaper in bulk. :) You can also scope out the ingredients of each supplement and find comparable blends that are cheaper.

I don't know if smartpacks have their own proprietary blends. All I know is that the suggestions they made for my boy were all supplements and blends made elsewhere, and all smartpack did was individually package daily doses so that owners/care givers didn't have to mix and measure etc.
Unfortunately, the only way our BO will do supplements, other than MSM, is in SmartPaks since she and her workers are the ones that do the feeding. SmartPak is easy for them to just open and add to the feed bucket...so I guess I am paying for convenience as well. If I had Izzy at home, I would definitely find a way to do it cheaper.
     
    07-04-2012, 11:05 PM
  #20
Weanling
What about SmartVite- is that any good?
     

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