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    02-21-2011, 04:37 PM
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So....tell me about this SmartPak

I've been getting packets sent to my house every other week advertising SmartPak, every magazine I have is littered with their ads, and I'm thinking about trying them out. Some questions first:

1) How much does it cost, on average, per horse?
2) Have you seen a noticeable change since using SmartPak supplements, and which ones?
3) Any other comments.
  • Arthur, my Paso Fino, is a senior at 24, he has uveitis in one eye and has trouble keeping weight on. He also has lost teeth and drops most of his feed, though the vet said there's nothing to do for his teeth. He is a fantastic ride even at 24, and will ride on trail all day, he even does some jumping.
  • Molly is a coming 7-yr old Thoroughbred who rides dressage and does gymkhana. She has a lot of energy, I've tried B-1 and don't know if it worked, it seemed to a bit. She has excellent feet.
  • Excel is an eventer in training and a coming 6-yr old Thoroughbred. He was recently retired from his racing career and has finally put enough weight on, and he seems to be maintaining it. He has very bad feet, however, and has pads on front. They're very shallow and he loses shoes often. He also has a lottt of energy and could benefit from a calming supplement, or something to calm his nerves, as he is often nervous on trail.
  • Lenox is an overweight 12-yr old Percheron. She is very calm and loves attention, has great feet, and I don't think she needs any specific supplements.
So, for these horses, which SmartPaks would you reccomend?
     
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    02-21-2011, 04:50 PM
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I personally have never used smart paks with my horses, so I can't give you any opinions on what you should pick from all the supplements they have, but I can tell you that so far, everyone I've talked to that uses smart paks loves them. They say that its made a big difference in their horses, and its so much easier than having to go to around to all the different feed stores to find what they want, in stock, and at a decent price, not to mention you have the option of buying as paks, or just buying the whole bucket of supplement, but its all right there, in one catalog, and it gets delivered when needed, and you can always just call and ask to either change, or add a supplement to what you already have for your horse with no hassles. So I would say that its worth trying it out, and seeing if it works for your guys.
     
    02-21-2011, 05:32 PM
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I have one of my horses on a joint supplement which I have delivered in smartpaks every month. My other 2 horses will probably go on smartpaks this summer (electrolytes & a multi vitamin).

Cost depends on what supplements you pick for your horse. I picked a stronger (& pricier) joint supplement for my horse, which costs $54 a month. They offer so many supplements that you should be able to find something in your price range without a problem. In the catalogs they'll often have a little "bio" on famous horses who are fed smartpak supps, their paks often cost $90-100 a month, but they're on numerous supps.

I LOVE smartpak's customer service. My orders are on autoship and they call me every month before it's sent and ask how everything is working out and if I need to add anything else to my order. If I do need to add more supplies the shipping rate doesn't change. EVERYTHING ships for $6.95, but you can often find free shipping codes online.

I'm not in a place to recommend supps for your horses, that's something you need to decide on - but smartpak does have a whole team of supplement advisors you can call. They're very knowledgable and can answer any questions you have and can point you in the right directions for supps for you horses. Also, make sure you talk to your vet about which supps they have had success with so you make sure you're not wasting your money.
     
    02-21-2011, 05:33 PM
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I like Smartpak, mostly because I heard/read that their ingredients are usually high grade and fresh.

Had good results with their Senior supplement for my old mare Flame. She was very arthritic and stiff and it helped her become a lot more comfortable for the last couple of years.

I have Soda on their one of their Smart Hoof supplements right now, but it's too early to tell if it's made a real difference. Unfortunately it takes 9-12 mnths for you to see a noticiable difference in hoof quality. I will say that his hoof crack hasn't gone any further in the last month, but I'm not sure if that's due to the supplement or not.
     
    02-21-2011, 05:40 PM
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I love smart paks, it makes it so much easier to give supplements to my horses, they do have a little questionnaire to help you decided what supplements would be beneficial for your horse SmartPak - Supplement Advisor and when they recomened what types of supplements they also give you a list of different ones so you can pick something in your price range
     
    02-21-2011, 06:05 PM
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Wow, I took the questionaire....and apparently for three horses it'll be costing me $240 a month
     
    02-21-2011, 06:13 PM
  #7
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I like SmartPak's customer service and will start Abby on SmartCalm soon. I actually just got her SmartCalm pellet samples in the mail today. She loveeed the powder, but I am debating between pellets or powder.

I wouldn't go a whole lot on their Supplement Advisor quiz if you don't know what exactly you want your horse having. I took it for Abby and it would cost me $150 a month on supplements, and it didn't even add a ulcer treatment/prevention until the most expensive choice. That's just my experience though. I'm sure my horse would have a glowing halo around her if I had her all the stuff they suggested. :P

I imagine a a huge barn with dozens of horses on supplements, the smartpaks would be super convenient, but my barn has 12 horses and several of them get Progressive instead of grain, which wouldn't work in SmartPaks unless they came in HUGE size. Haha. I also am a fan of mixing grains, but I can see where it'd get tedious with many horses.

Either way, their customer service rocks. They CALLED me a week or so after I got the SmartCalm powder sample to see if Abby liked it. (You can email them and request a sample. It's a 3 day amount to see if your horse will eat it.)
     
    02-21-2011, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Poseidon    
I like SmartPak's customer service and will start Abby on SmartCalm soon. I actually just got her SmartCalm pellet samples in the mail today. She loveeed the powder, but I am debating between pellets or powder.

I wouldn't go a whole lot on their Supplement Advisor quiz if you don't know what exactly you want your horse having. I took it for Abby and it would cost me $150 a month on supplements, and it didn't even add a ulcer treatment/prevention until the most expensive choice. That's just my experience though. I'm sure my horse would have a glowing halo around her if I had her all the stuff they suggested. :P

I imagine a a huge barn with dozens of horses on supplements, the smartpaks would be super convenient, but my barn has 12 horses and several of them get Progressive instead of grain, which wouldn't work in SmartPaks unless they came in HUGE size. Haha. I also am a fan of mixing grains, but I can see where it'd get tedious with many horses.

Either way, their customer service rocks. They CALLED me a week or so after I got the SmartCalm powder sample to see if Abby liked it. (You can email them and request a sample. It's a 3 day amount to see if your horse will eat it.)
Thanks for the information....not sure what of the supplements suggested I "need", but we'll see. JW, why do you mix grains? I've heard that mixing them minimizes the nutrients.
     
    02-21-2011, 06:24 PM
  #9
Trained
I love smartpak - I have Nelson on 4 suppliments through them and I pay about $80ish a month. But I've also been a customer for over a year and I get $ taken off my smartpaks for a year, plus free shipping.

I have Nelson on SmartFlex Senior Herb Free Pellets, SmartDigest Ultra, SmartGut Pellets and Smart Repair.

I love how knowledgeable the SmartPak representatives are and how well they listen, the questions they ask and the suggestions they give, without pressure to purchase.

Their shipments are quick, on time and I have yet to have a complaint.

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I suggest you call them directly, and talk to them in person and have them guide you through their products instead of taking a questionaire.

They are great to work with.
     
    02-21-2011, 06:29 PM
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I use Equi-Supps - Home which is like smartpak but usually cheaper (and local to me but she ships all over the world).

Similar, easier for me to customize what my horses are on.
Smart pack/ equisupps imo are both great!
     

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