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    09-07-2012, 04:15 PM
  #11
Super Moderator
Definitely cheaper to buy in bulk and also to shop around though Smartpak do free shipping so you have to weight that into the costs
I can see if you board that it will help the staff there but you can buy little pots and measure out yourself
As for the insurance - all of my horses are covered for colic surgery under my own insurance for 3rd party damages and mortality
I would always discuss the need for any health related supplements with my vet first and bear in mind that most complete feeds have a balance of all the essential minerals and vitamins and adding to that might result in an overload of some things which can be as bad if not worse as a deficiency.
     
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    09-07-2012, 04:28 PM
  #12
Showing
Since I'm not around for my horse, Smartpaks are the best option for me :) It's worth spending a little more to ensure my horse gets what he needs.
     
    09-07-2012, 04:37 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Since I'm not around for my horse, Smartpaks are the best option for me :) It's worth spending a little more to ensure my horse gets what he needs.
Sky, you're kind of a special case. Most owners don't live thousands of miles away from their horse. So in your case it would make the most sence.

But for me I spend roughly $20 a month on supplements, with smartpak it would be $186. That is a pretty big price tag on convenience.
     
    09-07-2012, 05:24 PM
  #14
Trained
Why is it so much more ?

Personally I LOVE smartpak. I can get better supplements than I can find in my area. I also have a super picky eater, for some reason she hates hoof supplements, but she will eat the smartpak ones and they have more in them than the hoof supplement that she was eating before. They also have lots and lots of discounts and months of free supplements if you already get smartpaks. For example, this month I got a whole free month of any joint supplement, that's a $60 supplement for free.
     
    09-07-2012, 05:24 PM
  #15
Foal
I'm not really concerned about if my horse gets the right amount. My dad feeds my horses, because I'm over an hour away at college. My feedroom is locked and everything. I didn't go with the coverage. I think your 100% right, Jaydee. I'm going to talk to my vet about adding any new supplements. I did, however, buy my U-guard from Smartpak today. I had a $10 off coupon. :) I like the idea of the premeasured supplements, but I guess it just isn't worth the price to me. My dad can manage without. :)
     
    09-07-2012, 05:30 PM
  #16
Trained
Did you do your own price comparison ?
     
    09-07-2012, 05:40 PM
  #17
Showing
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Sky, you're kind of a special case. Most owners don't live thousands of miles away from their horse. So in your case it would make the most sence.

But for me I spend roughly $20 a month on supplements, with smartpak it would be $186. That is a pretty big price tag on convenience.
Yes that is a large pricetag. My horse needs very little. Just hoof supplement and salt since he doesn't do well with the shared community salt blocks.

Since you're there, though, you can ensure your horse's wellbeing and can divvy up the supplements much more easily :)
     
    09-07-2012, 06:05 PM
  #18
Foal
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
did you do your own price comparison ?
Yeah, it all worked out. :)
     
    09-07-2012, 08:16 PM
  #19
Green Broke
SmartPaks are not always more expensive than buying in (a reasonable amount) bulk, and sometimes there's an advantage to having individually sealed containers. For example, my horse is on Succeed, which the manufacturer's website states can become less palatable when exposed to air for more than ~30 minutes. Compared to SmartPaks, it's a little cheaper to buy a 60 day supply in a bucket, and quite a bit cheaper to buy a 180 day supply, but what's the point if my horse won't eat it? In this case, it's definitely worth paying a little more to ensure that it's opened fresh right before my horse eats it, every time.

SmartDigest Ultra is cheaper in SmartPaks than in buckets unless you get the largest size (112 days supply). At $450 ($440 in buckets) per year to feed this supplement, I don't think it's worth feeding it JUST to get the colic surgery coverage unless your horse is ineligible for other colic insurance and you think you might actually need it (I pay right around that amount for my horse's insurance, which covers mortality and major medical... way more than just a colic surgery coverage!). However, if you can't get colic insurance for your horse due to age, etc. then it might be worth it.

And if you're looking to give your horse a digestive support supplement anyway, then you'd have to look at the cost difference between the supplement you'd pick if you weren't considering the ColiCare program and SmartDigest Ultra.
     
    09-07-2012, 08:26 PM
  #20
Yearling
I use them for my gelding and have one in it that he needs the most and he loves them its 2 dollars a month cheaper then getting it in buckets. And my gelding will also be getting in october till spring. Its cheaper adn easy for my mom to do it as she doesnt feed the horses.
     

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