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  • Tri amino for pssm horses
  • Horse supplements in baggies

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    09-30-2013, 11:22 PM
  #1
Weanling
Smart pak users

What do you get in yours? Why? Tomorrow I am ordering a smart pak for my gelding. I am going to get tri amino, lysine, a hoof supplement, loose minerals, and source micro-nuggets. I had a representative help me a build a smartpak, to help my boy build up his top line and strengthen his hooves.
     
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    09-30-2013, 11:31 PM
  #2
Weanling
SmartPaks are super convenient, but they are a touch more expensive. It cost me an extra $30 a year to do SmartPaks versus making up my supplement baggies. I did the math. If you keep your horse at home, I would recommend buying in bulk and feeding the supplements your self to save on costs. If you board or someone else feeds the supplements, do the SmartPaks. I boarded my horse, so it was more convenient for me since the barn fed him his supplements. Otherwise, I loved them. My guy was on SmartHoof to support healthy hooves. His feet tended to get oft and crumble in the spring and summer. He was also on SmartFlex Resilience 3. He had torn a ligament a few years back and needed to support. It really seemed to help him. The final thing he was on was B-L Pellets to help with any discomfort from his ligament injury.
     
    09-30-2013, 11:50 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Bagheera    
SmartPaks are super convenient, but they are a touch more expensive. It cost me an extra $30 a year to do SmartPaks versus making up my supplement baggies. I did the math. If you keep your horse at home, I would recommend buying in bulk and feeding the supplements your self to save on costs. If you board or someone else feeds the supplements, do the SmartPaks. I boarded my horse, so it was more convenient for me since the barn fed him his supplements. Otherwise, I loved them. My guy was on SmartHoof to support healthy hooves. His feet tended to get oft and crumble in the spring and summer. He was also on SmartFlex Resilience 3. He had torn a ligament a few years back and needed to support. It really seemed to help him. The final thing he was on was B-L Pellets to help with any discomfort from his ligament injury.
I board, and if you want to give supplements they have to be pre-made. Smartpak just makes more sense.
     
    09-30-2013, 11:51 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Smartpaks are great if you feed several supplements and you board. I worked out the math, and I found that I was only spending an extra 10 dollars a month for smartpaks versus buckets. For convenience and peace of mind, it's worth it.

One of my horses gets three different supplements, and my other horse only gets one supplement. My horse who only gets one just gets three human-brand biotin pills a day in her feed. My "complicated" horse is on Smartdigest, Apple-a-day electrolytes, and a vitamin E/selenium supplement.
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    09-30-2013, 11:52 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
Smartpaks are great if you feed several supplements and you board. I worked out the math, and I found that I was only spending an extra 10 dollars a month for smartpaks versus buckets. For convenience and peace of mind, it's worth it.

One of my horses gets three different supplements, and my other horse only gets one supplement. My horse who only gets one just gets three human-brand biotin pills a day in her feed. My "complicated" horse is on Smartdigest, Apple-a-day electrolytes, and a vitamin E/selenium supplement.
Yeah, I board. What is the E/Selenium for?
     
    09-30-2013, 11:55 PM
  #6
Started
My advice is to really do your research on what your horse needs. Feedxl.com is a useful way to balance out all of their dietary needs. It has been very helpful for me to see where I can cut costs and where I need to add a supplement to make sure my horses are getting a complete nutrition.

I have also found that it is usually much cheaper to buy my supplements in bulk (often from different websites than SmartPak because they were available cheaper) and mix them in small baggies myself. If convenience is your priority though, SmartPak is definitely helpful.

If you're curious, my horses get:

Horse Guard multi-vite
Loose mineral salt
Ex-stress (fed for the B vitamin boost because HG lacked them)
MSM (for joints and connective tissue recovery)
Ground flaxseed (for healthy skin/coat and beneficial omegas)

One mare gets raspberry leaves (same thing as Mare Magic) to help with hormone balance. She also gets ReitHoof by HorseTech for better hoof quality. Another of my horses gets peppermint leaves to help with digestion. My mustangs get Animed Remission to help with metabolic issues (cresty neck, etc).
     
    09-30-2013, 11:57 PM
  #7
Yearling
I use smartpaks and they are great I have hoof maker and joint supplement and vita E / selenium he is a draft horse it is way easier to feed and they get the right amount each time
     
    10-01-2013, 12:03 AM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by mrstorres2566    
Yeah, I board. What is the E/Selenium for?

My horse has PSSM. Selenium is an antioxidant that works closely with Vitamin E, which is why many people feed them in conjunction. Se/E is great for muscles and muscle metabolism. Also, vitamin E is recommended if feeding a high fat diet like the one recommended for PSSM horses.
     
    10-01-2013, 04:46 AM
  #9
Showing
I love Smartpaks, so so much!

Sky is on a hoof supplement (Smarthoof powder,) Cosequin, MSM (separate baggie,) loose salt, and at times gets a baggie of probios digestive cookies.

Since I'm so far away and we have changed barns a lot, it's the one thing I can consistently count on (aside from my awesome friend looking after my horse!!)

Highly recommend!
     
    10-01-2013, 08:56 AM
  #10
Yearling
I was ordering smartpaks for my boys when I boarded at my last 2 barns.
They made it super easy and I knew my boys were getting what they need(especially helps if you have forgetful or not so experienced teens doing feed) Now that I do self care and everything by myself, I can cut down on cost and buy in bulk. Personally, if money wasn't an issue I would still use smartpak, customer service is FANTASTIC and I just love them!
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