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    05-08-2012, 07:18 AM
  #11
Trained
I just ordered my trials, because my horse is a bit picky ! They were very nice and helpful on the phone ! Does anyone have experience with the smartflex II or III ? Im not sold on oral joint supplements yet, but apparently people see good results.
     
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    05-08-2012, 02:51 PM
  #12
Yearling
All I know is that our vet recommended weekly glucosamine injections for our horse's mild arthritis. He stated that the injection route is the method that has been clinically shown to be most effective. We've always listened to him and at 20, our horse is comfy being ridden. He gets an quick injection in his neck every week. We've never tried the oral supplements for him, but a lot of people use them.
     
    05-08-2012, 03:10 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
i just ordered my trials, because my horse is a bit picky ! They were very nice and helpful on the phone ! Does anyone have experience with the smartflex II or III ? Im not sold on oral joint supplements yet, but apparently people see good results.
I am new to SmartPak. Mine arrived on Friday. I am using smartflex II. My horse is a retired polo pony and has some major stiffness in her hocks and stifles.

I was away all weekend but the BO started her on them on Saturday morning. I went to see her last night and I am sure it was my imagination but she seemed to have more spring in her step! I will let you know if there is any "real" improvement.

The monthly charge is $40 but they gave me a new customer special and knocked the price down to $20 a month for the first two months!
     
    05-08-2012, 03:18 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I wish they had SmartPaks for weanlings/yearlings. :/ I'd love to use SmartPak with my new baby, but I apparently have to wait two years before I can do so.
     
    05-08-2012, 04:03 PM
  #15
Started
While I do supplement my two riding age horses, I have never actually used the smartpaks as they just aren't cost effective for me. I spend less money buying by the bag/bucket than I would in the smartpaks. :/
     
    05-08-2012, 04:39 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by crimsonsky    
while I do supplement my two riding age horses, I have never actually used the smartpaks as they just aren't cost effective for me. I spend less money buying by the bag/bucket than I would in the smartpaks. :/
When I compared prices on the supplements we use, I was paying a penny a day, TOTAL for the convenience of the SmartPak. Since we board, it's the one sure way to make sure he's getting what he needs and if we leave town, it's easy to take them with us. AND I don't have to be running out to pick up stuff every time I turn around. It's always there.
I don't know what you are supplementing, but I'm surprised - usually they are priced very competitively.
     
    05-08-2012, 05:29 PM
  #17
Trained
^^me too, they also have a lot of price comparisons on their website, so its worth it to check it out.
     
    05-08-2012, 05:59 PM
  #18
Started
I give the following:
Glucosamine
Msm
U-gard
Probios
Farrier's formula double strength

And it comes out to less a month for both horses by a significant amount than what it would cost me for one horse through smartpak. The convenience isn't the same, obviously, but I don't mind filling the cups every other week as it only takes me ~5 minutes.
     
    05-08-2012, 06:26 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I love SmartPaks. They are easy to change when you need to also. Cinny used to be on the "Dark as Knight" which is like the Smart Dark. As noted before, this could cause a positive on some drug tests and certain shows. Also the Paprika in them is in the Pepper family and can cause a little stomach irritation if your horse already has tummy issues such as gastric reflux or ulcers or might have these problems. The new stable I am moving to charges 25 bucks a month extra to feed a horse medication or added supplements UNLESS you have smartpak, then they feed it for free.

As for the coughing when your horse trots. How long does it last? This is what my vet has told me and says it is normal in a lot of horses that are in stalls and you may not necessarily need a supplement. When horses sit in their stalls they breath in a lot of dust usually. This settles in the windpipe and airways. The more days without running or exercise, the more dust build up. Then you go to work the horse and it coughs... this is just his system getting rid of the settled dust and debris and can last through your warmup process. It normally starts up when you begin to trot or canter your horse and can last about 10 to 15 minutes, and then goes away. If you exercise your horse daily at at least a trot, you will notice it isn't as bad.
     
    05-08-2012, 08:00 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
I love SmartPaks. They are easy to change when you need to also. Cinny used to be on the "Dark as Knight" which is like the Smart Dark. As noted before, this could cause a positive on some drug tests and certain shows. Also the Paprika in them is in the Pepper family and can cause a little stomach irritation if your horse already has tummy issues such as gastric reflux or ulcers or might have these problems. The new stable I am moving to charges 25 bucks a month extra to feed a horse medication or added supplements UNLESS you have smartpak, then they feed it for free.

As for the coughing when your horse trots. How long does it last? This is what my vet has told me and says it is normal in a lot of horses that are in stalls and you may not necessarily need a supplement. When horses sit in their stalls they breath in a lot of dust usually. This settles in the windpipe and airways. The more days without running or exercise, the more dust build up. Then you go to work the horse and it coughs... this is just his system getting rid of the settled dust and debris and can last through your warmup process. It normally starts up when you begin to trot or canter your horse and can last about 10 to 15 minutes, and then goes away. If you exercise your horse daily at at least a trot, you will notice it isn't as bad.
Hes not stalled anymore and it is from allergies he had a reaction to the pollen back in march and his breathing his still elevated some especially with the weather getting hotter so he coughs when I first start trotting him it only last a little bit and then he's fine. When his breathing was really bad the coughing was horrible so I didn't trot or work him at all for a couple weeks.
     

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