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    06-13-2010, 11:16 PM
  #1
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Smart Paks

So, I'm sort of counting all of my chickens before they're hatched, but oh well. I've been looking at Smart Paks for awhile, but their prices always turned me off, and they also didn't have the supplements that I liked. But I did the little online evaluation thing anyway, just to see. He was recommended for a LOT of stuff (weight gain, tendon and ligament, joint, ulcer, hoof, sand colic, and skin and coat).

I'm looking at all of these recommendations and IF I get the job, after I get him checked over by the vet, I want to switch his joint supplement, start him on a hoof supplement again since his hooves tend to chip off with all of the dry weather (or should I just have the farrier roll the edges? Or just start putting some hoof conditioner on him?) and try a calming supplelment? I don't know if he would benefit from it or not, since he's not high strung or difficult, he just has a bad attitude about everything. Anyway, I'm interested in opinions on SmartFlex Senior, SmartCalm, and SmartHoof Pellets. (Even though Ice is only 12, I firmly believe that his body is much more in a senior state).
     
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    06-14-2010, 12:31 PM
  #2
Yearling
I have my boy who doesnt have great feet on Horseshoers secret and smart shine ultra, Petey my big TB is on Smart Gain 4 which has stuff for his coat and weight gain and I have students horse who is 15 on Absorbine Max which is awesome has stuff in their for his tendons joints and coat; before he was on that supplement they had him on alll kinds of stuff including injections but he's much better on the the absorbine. It just depends but I absolutely love Smart Paks and I've compared a lot of prices and they seem to be pretty good
     
    06-14-2010, 03:32 PM
  #3
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Hoof supplements are one of those things that a specific brand might work wonderfully for one horse and seem to do nothing for the next horse.

My experience with Smartpak is that they have always been great to deal with.

My horse is on Smartflex repair and seems to do well on it.
     
    06-14-2010, 03:41 PM
  #4
Yearling
I can't say enough good things about SmartPak. Danny is currently on Succeed for his digestive system, SmartFlex Repair Pellets for his joints, ligaments & tendons, and Grand Hoof Pellets to help his chipping feet. I've never tried SmartHoof!
     
    06-14-2010, 08:44 PM
  #5
Trained
If you call them, they are great about recommending which one may work best, as well as sending you samples. That you you know that whichever you might chose, your horse will eat! It does no good on the feed bin. :)

I love the liquid cortaflex-that doesn't come in smartpaks. I have used them in the past tho, and stopped because my "green" BO didn't like all the plastic waste it generated. She was right. Also, yes, they do cost more. Have even boarded where they required that if you wanted supps they must be Smartpak. Made feeding 80 horses much easier.
     
    06-14-2010, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
If you call them, they are great about recommending which one may work best, as well as sending you samples. That you you know that whichever you might chose, your horse will eat! It does no good on the feed bin. :)

I love the liquid cortaflex-that doesn't come in smartpaks. I have used them in the past tho, and stopped because my "green" BO didn't like all the plastic waste it generated. She was right. Also, yes, they do cost more. Have even boarded where they required that if you wanted supps they must be Smartpak. Made feeding 80 horses much easier.
LOL well we recycle at our barn, and I can get reduced shipping because there are 3 other horses who get them sent to our barn, which I guess is a plus. But Ice is seriously a PIG. I mean he once tried to eat a plastic wrapper right out of my hand. Got it in his mouth and then spit it right back out, it was pretty funny. So I don't have to worry about taste testing him. I've switched his supplements at least 3 times and he's never cared.
I've thought about liquid supps before since they're cheaper than pellets, but since make breakfast the night before, the liquids attract flies like crazy.
     
    06-15-2010, 08:31 AM
  #7
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If you are using a smartpak brand product they do not cost anymore purchased in individual smartpaks than they do if you buy a bucket and scoop it yourself.

The containers are made from 100% recycled plastic and they are totally recyclable.

The best part is that you know that your horse is getting the right amount. And that amount is fresh.
     
    06-18-2010, 02:27 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I just started using Smart Pak...and well, I love them! I agree with Alwaysbehind about some brands being good for one horse, but not another but if you call them, they are willing to work with you. I get the actual little smart paks because it seems to work better for our budget..so I don't really mind the pricing. My fiance thinks we are paying less per month and that's all that matters, right? If I suddently bought everything Cinny needed at once in the regular sizes I would have to a) find a place to store them which at my neew stable we have a 3'tall 3'wide 4' deep tack locker...so um, yeah big problemo there and 2) I'd have to calm my fiance down when he saw the bill ha ha!!!

If you call them, they are GREAT at helping you find what works and they are ALWAYS willing to change things around. You just have to be careful if you get the autoshipped smart paks...if you put them on hold, and then take it off again it will send one right away so I ended up billed and charged for 2 shipments within days of each other. MY bungle BUT...even though the stuff shipped, customer service actually credited me back and said they will wait till the next month to charge it again! Such nice customer service.
     
    06-18-2010, 02:40 PM
  #9
Trained
I have my guy on SmartPaks and I love them! I love that I can call them and speak with a consultant directly and get as much advise as I possibly can from that indavidual person - without the pressure of having to purchase their products.

I love that they send samples free at cost and I love how convenient they are.

I was first introduced to SmartPak when I was a Working Student back at the Fox Hunting/Eventing barn I was at for 2+ years. I had to prepare grain for 40 horses on a daily basis, breakfast and dinner, plus feeding them once they came in for the evening. Those who had SmartPaks made my job much easier in compareson to those who had buckets of suppliments that I had to open and portion myself.

When Nelson ended up having that massive colic in January, my Vet highly encouraged me to get him on a Digestive Aid product and an Ulcer Suppliment for his insides, and SmartPak was the first place I looked. I spent hours on the phone with their consultants who gave me alot of great advice and education and it went from there.

I have Nelson on SmartDigest Ultra, SmartGut Pellets, SmartCalm, Vitamin C, MSM and B-L Solution Pellets.

The Digest, Gut and Calm are for his digestive tract, stomache and ulcers, the Vitamin C is there for his senior stages because they cannot produce as much in compareson to younger horses, and the MSM and B-L is there for his hind right hock to work with the Adequan IM's he gets once a month.

I couldn't say more about SmartPak, they are fabulous and great to work with.
     
    06-18-2010, 05:12 PM
  #10
Foal
Justsambam08,

Just a note about hoof supplements, it will likely take a year or more to show any benefit. The new and "improved" hoof growth starts at the coronet band, so the hoof has to grow out entirely for you to start to see a difference. That being said, I use Majesty's Bio Hoof wafers and love them! So easy to feed and have high levels of the necessary ingredients (bioton, methianine, lysine, etc.) compared to some of the powders. They are inexpensive, about 50 cents a day and my horses love them!

I like SmartPak, but I think they tend to encourage over supplementation. I would be careful what you pick and decide if your horses really needs it or not. I believe that most horses who are getting good forage and quality feeds don't need a coat supplement, but to each their own. :)
     

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