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post #1 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Are SmartPaks Worth it

So I have a 9 going on 10 year old show horse. We show western Pleasure and showmanship, also halter. He gets little cracks in his hoofs, so I was going to put him on farriers formula. So I started looking at other smartpaks..

What age should a horse be getting joint supplements.?
It is rare but he has cracked when i lunge him, (like if we were to crack our knuckles)

Does the coat and mane/tail one really work?

If you start a smartpak, do you have to continue the smartpak forever ?

I have emailed SmartPak with these questions and have had no response.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 01:04 AM
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No, you do not have to continue them forever. I would suggest calling them if you have a few questions. They're very nice and their customer service is top notch. I started getting actual paks from them last month (I ordered in buckets before) and the other day I got a call from them asking how the paks were working out and to tell me that if I wanted to make any changes to do it that day because they would be shipped soon.

Also any time I have requested samples for taste approval, I have gotten a call from them asking if the sample worked out or not.

You could put him on a supplement if you'd like, but occasional joint cracking like that isn't all that uncommon. My mare cracks her own neck all the time.
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 01:04 AM
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Coat and mane supplements are generally just some form of lipid. You can get the same results with a little oil/fat in the feed, or just good nutrition and grooming.

Hoof supplements are worth it if your horse needs it. Same with joint supplements. You can ask your vet or farrier if you think they are right for your horse.

SmartPak is a great company to deal with. I'm actually shocked they haven't responded to you. You can cancel your order at any time, but you will be automatically billed and shipped each month until then if you sign up for the actual SmartPak option.
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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I was very surprised too !

Is it bad to have your horse on joint supplements if he doesnt really necessarily need them? I know it is wasting money but then it could also just be being cautious.

He could for sure benefit from the farriers formula, my farrier suggested it as well. Some horses in my barn are on all sorts of joint, electrolytes, and things like that. I figured that if i was getting the smartpak that I could just get the coat and mane ones in it as well to make it one easy serving to do.
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 07:47 AM
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I wouldn't think it's even healthy to keep it on supplements that's are not needed. That's something I'd talk to the vet personally.

As for coat/mane/tail oil or flax does wonder and much cheaper than packs.

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 07:55 AM
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An unnecessary joint supplement is just that: money down the drain, but no harm done. And heck, it'd probably help in some small ways, anyway.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 06:11 PM
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I'm not sure what supplements you'll be using, but Abby is on SmartCalm and U-Gard. Those two alone make her coat look much nicer and her hooves grow far faster than without (the most they've grown so far was 1/2" in 6 weeks. The farrier had to ask if he had skipped a trim). She was without them over the summer and didn't get a trim from the end of May to the middle of August.

She is also shiny again and covered in dapples, while over the summer she was dull and lackluster.

Just my two cents about ordering extraneous, usually unneeded supplements.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 08:29 PM
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We use smartPaks....and I like them vs. buckets because my son didn't always tell me when the bucket was low or would wait until the supplement was totally gone to tell me, then I'd have to go to the local feed store to buy more and oftentimes the feed store was out of what we needed. So the horses would have to go without until I could order the supplements online.

Now my son doesn't have to tell me when we are low and I don't have to worry about the local feed store not having what i need. The supplements come automatically and we never run out.

Our horses get:

Beau: SmartDigest(a probiotic which has worked wonders to help him keep his weight up. Actually, now he's so plump everyone thinks he's an Appendix and not an OTTB), and Platform Hoof.

Epona: Easy Keeper Grass supplement from Smartpak (for fat horses who get no grain and are only getting hay/grass, to ensure they are getting the vitamins, minerals, probiotics they need due to the unstable and ever changing nutritional quality of pasture and hay .) and a hoof supplement, Platform Hoof.

We really really like Platform Hoof. Both of our horses have exemplary hooves...even our OTTB....and while some of that may indeed be genetics, their coats have improved 100% also. BOTH are so shiny and hairy now that their winter coats are coming in.

Especially our Belgian, the vet was mesmerized by her coat when she came in the spring for vaccinations. She kept running her hand over Epona's coat and saying how shiny and soft she was. And for the record, we NEVEr SPRAY their coats with any coat conditioner or softener of any kind. Reason is that I prefer to see how our horses' supplements are working without artificial help from coat sprays.

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-13-2011, 09:14 PM
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I only use one supp from smartpak so I get buckets but I really like the company. I've always gotten great customer service.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-14-2011, 10:08 AM
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Love my smartpaks...
Snap--easy keeper, gains weight just looking at grain so have him on the smart omega 3's and he looks fabulous and hes is so soft and shiney. I dont have to bath him near as much as I used to, the supplement does wonders for him. And he feels like hes getting a treat too because I really cant feed him but a palmful of grain once a day.
Breeze--my accident prone mare, beautiful paint, but if one of my horses get injured etc its always her. The vet knows her too well now. Have her on what was called Smart MSM due to a hock injury when she was two, which didnt make her lame, but during certain weather she gets stiff, and I could tell as soon as I put her on it it helped her joints etc. Even the farrier notices how much more at ease she seemed after I put her on it. Shes now also on smartprotect...she got pigeon fever over the summer (only one of my three so you can see how I say she gets everything) and it cant hurt. I have noticed it has also softened up her coat alot too. She had foundered last year so had her on smart hoof supplement for over a year and the vet was amazed about how much hoof wall she would grow in a short amount of time so she has recovered from her founder thank god.
Cochise--have him on the smart omegas for the probiotics...when he got back from a trainer over a year ago he was on edge a bit so put him on the smart calm and it helped alot. So now the he seems back to his old self switched over to the smart omega 3 just to ensure his gut stays good and he looks fabulous.
I love smartpak, they are a wonderful company and totally back everything they sell. And they are very knowledgeable about what they are selling. Also their is something pretty much for every budget and reading the reviews on the products help too in the decision process. Ive actually been able to cut alot of grain out of my horses diets after realizing they were staying a good weight without as much as I was giving them so my savings has pretty much gone to the supplements. I also boarded a hard to gain weight TB for over a year and thru using their Smartgain supplement I had him looking like a new horse. They were impressed.
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