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post #11 of 21 Old 01-05-2012, 09:13 PM
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The Smartcalm Ultra is very effective. In fact, I can only give my horse about one quarter of a dose. That makes it very cost effective too.
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post #12 of 21 Old 01-05-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you :] I might try it but we will see it really is upto my mom budget wise.

just a small town girl with a big town dream :]
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post #13 of 21 Old 01-06-2012, 04:14 AM
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I have on of my TB's and my appendix on SmartCalm Ultra and it's worked exceedingly well on by. The appendix seems to be much more at ease in the indoor ring and is a lot less spooky and my thoroughbred is all around much more relaxed. In my experience it usually takes the edge off, it won't make an energetic horse suddenly slow down.

I don't use SmartFlex, but I do use SmartCombo (which includes SmartFlex) as a maintenance supplement. My four horses are shiny and their feet are all excellent, with no signs of any joint issues *knocks on wood*
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post #14 of 21 Old 01-06-2012, 12:48 PM
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Smartcalm Ultra didn't do a thing for my horse, but Valerian did. I guess it's all individual...trial and error.
I also tried the supplement called Confidence Plus, and it worked great, but my horse broke out in hives from it.

Right now I use Quietex as needed. :)

As far as other smartpak supplements, I use Smart Dark and Handsome and Smartvite and both are fantastic.

I <3 SmartPak.

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post #15 of 21 Old 01-06-2012, 08:28 PM
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I had Charlie on SmartCalm Ultra and it actually made him worse. I took him on a few trail rides and was so happy when he wasn't a total nutcase, but then later realized he had been off the SmartCalm Ultra for 2 weeks (no one told me he was out)! When I re-ordered and put him back on, I thought we were going to go off a cliff a few times. So I stopped giving it to him. I do know a lot of people who swear by SmartCalm though, so it won't hurt to try. Sorry, I have never tried the other 2.

I really like SmartPaks in general, and the people who work there are so helpful and nice. I would try your horse on it and if it doesn't work, then no harm done.
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post #16 of 21 Old 01-06-2012, 09:06 PM
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My suggestion is to call SmartPak and talk to them about this. Their people are very good, most of them seem to be horse owners themselves, and their customer service is the BEST. Give them a ring, tell them about your horse's history, see if they have any recommendations. My experience is that they don't oversell stuff.

I rang them just last week - I had an awesome fleece cooler for my horse, and it was super - easy to wash, beautiful, warm - with the major hitch that it was giving him blanket zap every time I took it off, and he turns out to be freaky about getting shocked. I tried washing it, fabric softener, you name it. Finally, I called SmartPak to ask about what kind of blanket I ought to replace it with.

Their suggestion? Maybe to try some show-sheen under the blanket, or use a mix of fabric softener and water to cut down on the static. I called them all ready to drop $$ on a new blanket, and they didn't try to sell me one. Eventually, I asked what they'd recommend if the show-sheen approach didn't work, and the woman put me on hold for a minute while she did some research, then came back with two suggestions, neither one of which was particularly expensive. No attempt at all for the hard-sell. That's been my experience with the SmartPak supplements, too. So give them a call, see what they have to say.
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post #17 of 21 Old 01-07-2012, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thursdaynext- thanks! I might just do that. Heck I may just not put him on it as I don't mind him being the way he is however my back does haha :]. I may just have to call them up though thanks :]

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post #18 of 21 Old 01-07-2012, 11:17 PM
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I love my smartpaks. I get smartbreath during the pollen season and notice a difference in my boy, no coughing or labored breathing.

I keep him on smarttendon year round. He had a flexor tendon injury thats very old but he's got a lump on his back leg. After about 2-3 months the lump actually went WAY down, you can hardly see it and he doesn't stock up when stalled anymore. He also used to get stiff in cold weather but not since being on this.

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post #19 of 21 Old 01-08-2012, 07:10 PM
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I have had excellent luck with smart packs for my OTTBs.
never tried the calming ones but i use ultra digest for the ulcers.
My Arab mare has the racing bloodlines and she is just high strung. shes a spooky dancy type horse as many of the Arabs I've known are. I just learn to live with it LOL but good luck let us know how the suppliments work out if you try t hem ;)

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post #20 of 21 Old 01-08-2012, 07:31 PM
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Just want to chime in about Smartpak's customer service. They are amazing. Literally every time I call them for something, I hang up wishing every company was like them. They also call to followup on any changes made in Paks.

I use Smartcalm Ultra too, and have had good results. My horse is still spunky and energetic, but he is just soooo much more willing to listen and behave himself. But no, it won't completely change your horse's personality. No experience with the tendon Paks, but want to add that in my experience, pellets are a lot easier to feed and be sure your horse got the dose than powder. My horse always snorts at his food before he eats it. Poof goes the powder
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