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    10-01-2013, 01:46 PM
  #11
Weanling
Love them! I did my own thing for the past 6 - 7yrs and when I got Cally, who requires joint supplements, I knew it'd be easier to just get Smartpaks. Plus the free shipping + 5% off for being an AQHA member is hard to pass up >.> Lol. It definitely makes it easier for me to just dump the new packs in every month. Plus if they haven't been feeding them - it's easy for me to tell. Like this month.... big long rant >.<

Cally is on UlcerGuard, I'm just giving it a try this month she's dropped a little weight & I've noticed some occasionally loose stool. SmartBugsOff, the flies irritate the CRAP out of her. That one I probably won't be continuing next year as I didn't notice a huge difference. I'd heard though if you have other horses that aren't on it in a super buggy area - they really don't work. Which is my situation. Then VetriHA for her joints. The thing I love about Smartpak is I can easily remove something & try something new. Instead of having to buy a tub then find out - hm maybe that doesn't work.

Dani is on Gleam & Gain since she lost so much weight after switching barns :/

My other mare Lily gets Cool Calories 100 that I have to feed myself. Then Cally also gets supplements I mix & return to the barn in small tubberware tubs. I can tell you I'm not as good as smartpak about making sure those are constantly filled. She gets raspberry leaves (like Mare Magic), flaxseed (for her coat), & Devil's Claw/Yucca in those.
     
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    10-01-2013, 04:09 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I order a lot of stuff through SmartPak, but not the pre-measured supplements, as I don't find them to be a very good value compared to buying the supplements in tubs, especially from other sources. I board, but I provide my own grain measured out in plastic baggies for each meal with all supplements already mixed in, so I know everything is there in the right amounts.

The supplements I feed are Platinum Performance Vitamin E, Platinum Performance Selenium Yeast, MSM, flaxseed, and salt.
     
    10-01-2013, 04:31 PM
  #13
Super Moderator
I do use some supplements but I shop around and even though Smartpak are very helpful people you can usually find the same products cheaper elsewhere.
I get what you say about the individual packs but you're paying quite a lot for that service - you can easily buy some plastic lidded containers and do it yourself and save some money
If your barn is already feeding a quality complete pelleted feed you might find you're already giving your horse enough of what it needs by way of vitamins and supplements - if I'm remembering right you haven't had him that long and his feet might improve without a lot of extra's - it takes a while for the new growth to show itself at the part you can see
     
    10-01-2013, 04:39 PM
  #14
Weanling
I try to feed in about 5-10 minutes in the morning, so SmartPak has been a lifesaver. I also like that I can easily try a different supplement from month to month without being stuck with a whole bucket of it.

Blue gets Smartvites, Smartprotect (for the vitamin E), and SmartFlex Senior Herb-free, and my other mare gets magnesium, vitamin E, and Smartvites.

Neither horse has access to much fresh pasture, which is why both are getting the vit. E and multivitamin, and one has arthritis, the other is IR. They also get no fortified grain whatsoever. I finally found a low NSC ration balancer locally, so we are switching off of the multivitamin. It plus hay pellets to feed it in is not very cost effective, but the only feeds I can get locally are 20% NSC or higher other than plain timothy or alfalfa pellets. I found an ADM dealer in a nearby town though. Bit more of a drive, but still cheaper and no more work for me.
     
    10-04-2013, 11:20 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I pay an extra $15-20 per month for Smartpaks. I used to measure out the baggies and all that jazz but honestly I would rather spend the money to not forget to make up the next weeks supplements. Plus my horses supplements were from 3 different sources so I'm saving my time and gas money driving around. Plus the stress of forgetting, I forget everything. If my dog wouldn't push her food dish around the house I would forget to feed her.

Lizzy gets Smartflex senior herb free, tri-amino and daily dewormer in her smartpaks. She gets magnesium too but that isn't in her smartpak but that bag is in her smartpak drawer so I don't have to remember anything except to re-order when it finally runs out.

I have noticed a difference with the tri-amino. It really does help if your horse is being conditioned properly.
     
    10-05-2013, 12:44 AM
  #16
Started
I board, too, and Quest is on the SmartVite Thrive Pellets, SmartOmega 3, and SmartHoof Pellets. I have been very unhappy with the quality of grain and hay that my horse has gotten, so I put him on the smartpaks to fill as many of the vit/min holes as possible. I like what the omega has done for his coat and I appreciate that it has omega 3, 6, and 9 to keep the levels balanced. I like the smarthoof for the bonus of what it does for other parts of the body since my guy has very strong feet anyway.

I do SmartPaks because I don't have the time to set it all up every week. I'm unlikely to remember to buy more buckets. It really doesn't make sense for me to spend the time and money to set up all the supplements. I could just give them buckets and directions, but then I'm relying on them to measure the same amount every week and not waste any of it.
     
    10-05-2013, 12:51 AM
  #17
Weanling
Why the Triamino *and* lysine? They're lysine in Tri-amino. I used Tri-amino one month when I was trying to muscle up some asymmetry in my horse and it did it's job just fine!

As for Smartpaks, I love them. :) I use SmartVite, SmartFlex (II or III) and SmartShine (Omegas/flax) and my horse has free access to salt and mineral blocks. Careful not to go overboard! It's easy to get supplement-crazy on Smartpaks... ;) I might even be trimming mine down soon.
     
    10-05-2013, 01:21 AM
  #18
Foal
We LOVE our SmartPaks! I can't say enough good things about them. The are a little more expensive, but the convenience and the time it saves is way worth the money. They also have that money back guarantee on their own brand. We have six horses, four of which are on SmartPaks:

25 yr old Arab gelding gets SmartGain4 and Strongid C2X

24 yr old Arab mare gets SmartGain4 and Vit E with Selenium

9 yr old Arab mare and 6 yr old half Arab mare both get the same: Moody Mare and Ultra Calm
     
    10-08-2013, 08:51 AM
  #19
Yearling
I don't do any of this extra supplementation....

If you feed a quality feed much of what you are feeding is in the mixture in proper amounts for a safe and daily needed "dosage" to meet the horses requirements... some of what you are "supplementally" pushing just pushes out the butt as waste.
Only so much is and can be consumed and used by the body and excessive amounts do more harm than good actually over the long term.

That said... I have in the past done blood chemistry and studies and if something is shown to be deficient I will add that product...then re-test again so I am sure it is working....not just add and add and add something else on top.

Smart-pak to me is great for those wanting simple, easy....sounds like those who buy prepackaged food to make at home for human consumption...or they eat fast-food...
But,.. you sure do pay $$$ for that ease of use of daily packaging...

Smart-pak has a wicked thriving business for sure!!
     
    10-08-2013, 09:45 AM
  #20
Trained
I love smart pak and can actually get supplements cheaper from smart pak.
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