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    11-12-2009, 03:13 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by JumpingTheMoon    
look at me like I sprouted a third eye.
Giggle.

I know that look.

And I so know what you mean.
     
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    11-12-2009, 03:30 PM
  #12
Weanling
AlwaysBehind......
I doubt My Boy Puck meant "Everyone" but that everyone where her horse is boarded threw them away and therefore stopped using them as a matter of principle, if they were being tossed and the idea was to recycle then it defeated the purpose if they were going in the trash.

Not everyone knows about the free shipping coupons that can be found, as a matter of fact I didn't until Equina mentioned it.

So with that said please respect my original post and keep to the subject.. don't lash out at other members because of their thoughts or opinions on packaging, cost or whatever.
     
    11-12-2009, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by close2prfct    
AlwaysBehind......
I doubt My Boy Puck meant "Everyone" but that everyone where her horse is boarded threw them away and therefore stopped using them as a matter of principle, if they were being tossed and the idea was to recycle then it defeated the purpose if they were going in the trash.

Not everyone knows about the free shipping coupons that can be found, as a matter of fact I didn't until Equina mentioned it.

So with that said please respect my original post and keep to the subject.. don't lash out at other members because of their thoughts or opinions on packaging, cost or whatever.

I did not lash...

I was giving her facts back.
And giving her options for making it easier for EVERYONE to recycle. (If you make it easier for the barn owner to recycle I am guessing they will be more than willing to.)

And I think I did answer your original post.... . You are not lashing out at me are you?
     
    11-12-2009, 03:35 PM
  #14
Started
I use them..

Maddy gets smart tendon

Brodie gets bug check
     
    11-12-2009, 06:26 PM
  #15
Weanling
I would like to, but they currently do not have the supplement I am looking for. I contacted them about it and they were quite nice in telling me why they don't carry it, but they have put it on their list, so maybe at some point they will.

My boarders have used them in the past.
     
    11-12-2009, 06:32 PM
  #16
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They don't have a big of selection as elsewere, and its more expensive (shipping per month) and more $ per product per day. I also don't like all the garbage. I use their comparison charts for product ingredients and such, but I always buy at other sites.
     
    11-12-2009, 06:36 PM
  #17
Weanling
I really want to use smartpak, and will once I get my sparkly new job with its sparkly new paycheck.

My horse will get

SmartFlex Repair
SmartHoof Ultra
SmartCalm Ultra
SmartShine

Which would come out to a grand total of 135 dollars eeep lol
     
    12-15-2009, 04:04 PM
  #18
Foal
I'm kind of late to this thread but wanted to respond because I use and love Smartpaks.

I have 4 horses and they get (depending on the horse):

SmartControl IR
SmartVite EZ Keeper Grass
SmartVite EZ Keeper Alfalfa
SmartMSM
Mare Magic

I switched to Smartpak supplements versus some of the big name brands because I use a program called FeedXL to analyze my horse's diets and was pretty surprised to find out that many of the big name brand supplements out there supply very high quantities of certain nutrients and not enough of others. Even the premium expensive supplements are often very unbalanced. You think you're getting a "good balanced supplement" but still end up deficient in key areas like B vitamins, copper, iodine, folic acid, etc. The key nutritients such as A, D, E are generally supplied in great quantities but other areas are neglected.

I found I was able to get a really great balanced profile using the SmartVite vitamin/mineral supplements. Equine nutrition is very important to me and I spend hours comparing labels and charts looking for the most complete, balanced, and economical Honestly I haven't found anything better than the SmartVite supplements.

If your horse is getting a good premium diet, chances are good that you can 1/2 the amount of vit/min supplement you're feeding. FeedXL is a great tool for figuring out what your horse is getting and what they need.

Yes the $7.95 shipping is a bummer, but there generally are free shipping coupons available online. I haven't paid shipping the last 3 months.

Yes, the Smartpaks are made with 100% recycled material, and they are recyclable. I have a bin in the feed room where I throw them then dump them in the recycle container once a month for pickup. It works fine.

A word about costs of Smartpaks vs. Buckets:

Even though "technically" the cost of most Smartpaks vs. buckets is basically the same, I found the Smartpaks to actually cost me more money. The reason is because when you feed supplements from buckets it is easy to forget to scoop something into the ration - especially when you have multiple horses getting multiple supplements. You're scooping a vitamin/mineral, the MSM, the Mare Magic...before you know it, you're hanging the feed bucket up thinking "Did I put the MSM in her bucket?"

Even skipping a day a week can really stretch a bucket out and make it last longer. When you get Smartpaks, it's right there - just tear off the top and dump it in. So there is no "stretching" it unless you just neglect to give it at all.

I used to buy buckets and say the bucket lasts one horse 56 days. If I forget to put it in 7 times during that 56 day period, that extends the bucket life by a week. With Smartpaks that never happens because the drawers are there, you open the drawers, grab the packet for each horse, and you never forget anything.

So in a sense, it is more expensive because the horse eats the supplement EVERY single day instead of ocassionally getting skipped. If that makes sense. LOL
     
    12-15-2009, 04:25 PM
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So in a sense, it is more expensive because the horse eats the supplement EVERY single day instead of ocassionally getting skipped. If that makes sense.
I mean its more expensive per the same quantity. Why not just buy a bucket, pay shipping once, and put each day in a small container or a ziplock and quish the air out. That's what I usually do anyway. And buying in bulk is cheeper than buying per month. IT also makes it way to easy to over supplement a horse. They tell you what competitors are feeding. It makes me want to feed that too, when in reality my pleasure horse dosent need all that. When I am buying buckets I really think about what I am buying because I usually get 3-4 months at a time and shell out the cash at once.
     
    12-15-2009, 04:36 PM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
I mean its more expensive per the same quantity. Why not just buy a bucket, pay shipping once, and put each day in a small container or a ziplock and quish the air out. That's what I usually do anyway. And buying in bulk is cheeper than buying per month. IT also makes it way to easy to over supplement a horse. They tell you what competitors are feeding. It makes me want to feed that too, when in reality my pleasure horse dosent need all that. When I am buying buckets I really think about what I am buying because I usually get 3-4 months at a time and shell out the cash at once.
You can be sure that I don't feed a supplement because somebody famous does. I feed what I'm sure my horses need. Again, the FeedXL program is great for analyzing diets to be sure you aren't going overboard on stuff your horse doesn't need. You have to work with your vet or equine nutritionist, and observe the health and mentality of your horse over a course of months to be sure you're on the right track, but once you get it all ironed out, there's no need to switch around unless you run into a problem.

The problem I had with bulk buckets was keeping them well sealed to keep the air and moisture out. The lids warp, leaving the supplements unprotected. I did try to individually wrap my own but it was a time drain. I was spending 2 hours at a time dividing supplements up into baggies. Then something would happen and baggies would get misplaced or the box tipped over and I wasn't sure what was what anymore. Not to mention by the time you buy a supply of baggies or tupperware containers, you've spent your 8 dollars you would have spent on shipping anyway.

The other problem I experienced with baggies was the finely powdered supplements stuck to the inside of the baggies because of static cling. I was turning baggies inside out, brushing them off, it was a real pain. It worked fine for pelleted supplements but not everything I give is pelleted.

The Smartpaks keep my feed room so well organized. The plastic storage drawers are stacked up and labeled with each horse's name. You just pull out the drawer, grab the pack, dump it in, and it's done. My time is worth money too so the $8 a month is no problem.
     

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