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Hoofprints in the Sand 03-01-2010 08:06 AM

Supplements
 
What's a good "all purpose" supplement to feed a horse who is active but is an easy keeper, and besides her hay, only gets about a handful of grain twice a day? She doesn't need more grain than that, but I want to make sure she's still getting all the vitamins and minerals she needs. She has a free choice red mineral block in her stall that she loves, and she's on a hoof supplement, but what's a good "all purpose" or general supplement I could feed her to make up the rest of what she needs?

CecilliaB 03-01-2010 08:29 AM

What about a joint and tendon supplement? I'm gonna be putting my horse on Smartflex 1 and smarttendon. I think there was one that actually combined the two..

If not that you might contact Smartpak and speak with them. Very helpful customer service :)

shesinthebarn 03-01-2010 08:41 AM

I like a ration balancer like Purina Equilizer. It covers all the bases, is in pellet form and can be top dressed. Our vets suggested it as a good product, and it had been great for us. Plus a large bag is about $23 here, so it is economical as well. It's great for an easy keeper, our mini gets only the equilizer and does very well on it!

My Beau 03-01-2010 09:29 AM

Smartpak makes Easykeeper Supplements (like multivitamins)mto ensure horses take in all the necessary vitamins/minerals when they're not getting the recommended amounts of grain. That would probably be a good option for her :)

I would check these two for her:
SmartVite Performance Grass Pellets from SmartPak Equine
or
SmartVite Mare Grass Pellets from SmartPak Equine

^ These are for horses on a grass hay. They also have supps for horses on alfalfa hay, if that's what she eats.

~*~anebel~*~ 03-01-2010 09:33 AM

I feed my horses a balanced mineral supplement (meaning balanced for the area I live in). Ie. I live in a selenium deficient area, so there is selenium in the feed.
If your horse really needs calcium, kelp supplements are good.
Any of this other stuff I personally don't think does anything. My horse has been on hay, minerals and water for two years with no problems. He travels all over, with all different horses and has been in some pretty stressful situations w/o any adverse effects.

Good luck!

And PS. Don't trust anything a feed company says. Talk to your vet, get a fecal sample and get an equine nutritionist to help you make a feed program.

MIEventer 03-01-2010 09:47 AM

If Sandie is an easy keeper, I would go to Buckeye's product called "Safe N Easy" it is a great pelleted feed that has alot of Vitamins and Minerals in it to ensure that Sandie is getting all that she needs in her diet.

Alot of people are shocked to find out that their horses aren't getting the suffient amount of Vits and Mins in their feeding programs.

I also recommend SmartPak - I love their products and Nelson is currently on their monthly smartpak regime. He's doing quite well on their suppliments, and I am quite pleased with the results.

Call them, and explain to the Consultant exactly what you said to us, and describe your mare and your work load to them - and they will point you into the right direction. They are very educated on what products they sell, and they'd be very helpful.

For example, I was looking at all their Digestive Aid suppliments, that also work to heal degestive tracts, ulcers and tummy lining - so I was going to go with a product I thought would help. But after talking to the Consultant on the phone, she said "no" because that product doesn't heal and mend and protect - so they pointed me to 2 suppliments that they have that does what Nelson needed after having that massive colic.

So - the Consultants are very informative and very helpful. Give smartpak a shout. And it doesn't mean you have to buy anything, but you will at least get advice :)

Hoofprints in the Sand 03-01-2010 11:55 AM

Funny that several of you mentioned SmartPak because right after I posted this I went on their site and filled in a form to be contacted by a Specialist there about this! :-) But I'm on lunch break now and am excited about learning what would be best for Sandie, so I think I'm just going to beat them to the punch and give THEM a call now!

I'll tell you what they have to say!

Hoofprints in the Sand 03-01-2010 12:20 PM

Well first of all, I just want to say that the SmartPak people are SO nice!! :-) This girl talked to me for a long time about Sandie, what she eats, how much pasture time she has, what we do, etc. and came up with the following...

Right now, she is already on this hoof supplement...
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It has 140mg of Biotin, so she's already getting a lot of biotin there...so for now, she recommended I start her on this along with it...

"Smart Omega 3"
SmartOmega 3 from SmartPak Equine

SmartOmega 3™

SmartPak


Item #18294
Our Price: As Low As: $13.95


Form: Powder
Maintenance Dose: 1 SmartPak Well


The perfect addition to ANY supplement program! SmartOmega 3 is carefully formulated to promote good health and general wellbeing by providing three areas of support that all horses can benefit from:

1) Omega 3 Fatty Acids from Flax Seed and Fish Oil

2) Probiotics, Prebiotics and Enzymes for digestive health

3) Beta Carotene and 500 IU of Vitamin E – two vital nutrients found in fresh pasture, which many horses lack

Feed SmartOmega 3 alone for general wellness or combine with your horse’s existing supplement regimen for an extra level of support. Adding SmartOmega 3 to your horse's current supplement program will take it from good to GREAT.

SmartOmega 3 is ideal for every horse, every day!

Product Description

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The perfect addition to ANY supplement program! SmartOmega 3 is carefully formulated to promote good health and general wellbeing by providing three areas of support that all horses can benefit from:

1) Omega 3 Fatty Acids from Flax Seed and Fish Oil

2) Probiotics, Prebiotics and Enzymes for digestive health

3) Beta Carotene and 500 IU of Vitamin E – two vital nutrients found in fresh pasture, which many horses lack

Feed SmartOmega 3 alone for general wellness or combine with your horse’s existing supplement regimen for an extra level of support. Adding SmartOmega 3 to your horse's current supplement program will take it from good to GREAT.

SmartOmega 3 is ideal for every horse, every day!
Back to Top Instructions

Feed 28.35 g daily (1 scoop = 28.35 g)
Please note the following serving sizes when buying this product in SmartPaks:
SmartOmega 3™Maintenance Dose:1 scoop (28.35 grams) dailyLoading Dose:Not Applicable
Back to Top Declared Ingredients

IngredientPer ServingPer PoundGuaranteed Analysis per 28.35 g: Crude Protein (Min), supplying:16% Leucine1,450 mg Valine224 mg Isoleucine200 mg Crude Fat (Min), supplying:34% Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Linolenic Acid)5,600 mg EPA21 mg DHA14 g Omega 9 Fatty Acids (Oleic Acid)1,750 mg Omega 6 Fatty Acid (Linoleic Acid)1,400 mg Crude Fiber (Max)25% Vitamin A10,000 IU Vitamin E500 IU Lecithin550 mg Fructooligosaccharides250 mg Mannanoligosaccharides250 mg Pancrelipase, supplying:100 mg Amylase9,970 USP Protease9,970 USP Lipase2,390 USP Direct Fed Microbials, supplying: Enterococcus Faecium70 million CFU Lactobacillus Acidophilus70 million CFU Lactobacillus Casei70 million CFU Bifidobacterium Longum5 million CFU

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Ingredient Statement: Beta Carotene, dl-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Dried Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Extract, Fenugreek Seed, Fish Oil, Fructooligosaccharides, Lecithin, Pancrelipase, Stabilized Flax Seed Meal, Yeast Extract (Mannanoligosaccharides).

Hoofprints in the Sand 03-01-2010 12:23 PM

Then, once I'm out of the Hoof supplement, she recommended this as her only supplement, which supports everything altogether in one...


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Daily Omegas Plus™



Item #13524
Our Price: As Low As: $34.95


Form: Powder
Maintenance Dose: 5 SmartPak Wells


Daily Omegas Plus™ supports coat, hooves, joints and general health by providing vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and 850 mg of Glucosamine, in a base of Flax Seed.
Compare the Daily Omegas Plus™ formula to Platinum Performance™ Equine*
*Platinum Performance™ is a trademark of Platinum Performance, Inc.


































Product Description


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Daily Omegas Plus™ supports coat, hooves, joints and general health by providing vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and 850 mg of Glucosamine, in a base of Flax Seed.

Compare the Daily Omegas Plus™ formula to Platinum Performance™ Equine*

*Platinum Performance™ is a trademark of Platinum Performance, Inc.

Back to Top Instructions

Feeding Instructions: Feed 132 g daily, 1 scoop = 66 g (2 scoops daily)
Please note the following serving sizes when buying this product in SmartPaks:
Daily Omegas Plus™Maintenance Dose:2 scoops (132 grams) dailyLoading Dose:Not Applicable
Back to Top Declared Ingredients

IngredientPer ServingPer PoundEnergy620 Cal / 0.62 MCal2,130 Cal / 2.13 MCalCarbohydrate (min)28.81% / 38.0g Crude Protein (min)19.03% / 25.1g Crude Fat (min)30.90% / 40.8g Linolenic Acid (Omega-3)14.34% / 18.9g Linoleic Acid (Omega-6)6.47% / 8.5g Crude Fiber (max)18.0% / 24g Ash (min)11.31% / 14.9gAmino Acids Arginine (min)1.53% / 2,020mg Glycine (min)0.98% / 1,294mg Methionine (min)0.33% / 436mg Isoleucine (min)0.64% / 845mg Leucine (min)1.06% / 1,399mgValine (min)0.95% / 1,254mg Lysine (min)0.85% / 1,122mg Tyrosine (min)0.44% / 581mg Cystine (min)0.32% / 422mg Glutamine (min)3.43% / 4,528mg Phenylalanine (min)0.77% / 1,016mg Threonine (min)0.65% / 858mg Aspartic Acid (min)1.74% / 2,297mg Alanine (min)0.83% / 1,096mg Histidine (min)0.82% / 1,082mg Tryptophan (min)0.29% / 383mg L-Carnitine (min)0.02% / 26mg Proline (min)0.53% / 700mg Chondroprotective Glucosamine Sulfate850mg2,920mgMacrominerals Calcium (min)0.30% / 396mg Calcium (max)0.40% / 528mg Phosphorous (min)0.80% / 1,060mg Sodium (min)0.10% / 130mg Sodium (max)0.20% / 265mg Magnesium (min)0.41% / 540mg Potassium (min)1.00% / 1,320mgChloride (min)0.19% / 250mg Sulfur0.36% / 475.2mg Trace Minerals Copper (min)100ppm / 13.2mg Iron (min)2,000ppm / 264mg Manganese (min)1,000ppm / 132mg Silicon (min)20.000ppm / 2,640mgZinc (min)1,000ppm / 132mg Cobalt (min)6ppm / 792mcg (0.792mg) Chromium (min)2ppm / 264mcg (0.264mg) Selenium (min)6ppm / 0.79mg Iodine (min)5ppm / 660mcg (0.66mg) Vitamins Vitamin A (min)7,500 IU25,772 IUVitamin D (min)1,500 IU5,154 IUVitamin E (min)740 IU2,543 IUVitamin C (min)250mg859mgFolic Acid (min)10mg34mgThiamin (min)19.8mg68mgRiboflavin (min)15.4mg53mgNiacin (min)19.8mg68mgCholine (min)6mg21mgPyridoxine B6 (min)31.8mg109mgPantothenic Acid (min)48.6mg167mgBiotin (min)2.5mg9mgCyanocobalamin B12 (min)44mcg (0.044mg)151mcg (0.1551mg)

Back to Top Other Ingredients

Ingredient Statement: Flax Seed, Flax Oil, Rice Bran, Lactose Free Whey Protein Concentrate, Sunflower Seed, Soy Protein Concentrate, Cane Molasses, Equi-TM (trace mineral concentrate), Zeolite, Calcium Carbonate, PrefloratinKF™, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate, d-Alpha Tocopherol Succinate, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Glucosamine Sulfate, Chromium Yeast, Selenium Yeast, L-Arginine, L-Tyrosine, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Citrate, Manganese Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Iron Proteinate (chelated), Soybean Oil (cold pressed), Cobalt Proteinate (chelated), L-Lysine, L-Glutamine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Dried Kelp (source of Iodine), dl-Methionine, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Aloe Vera Gel Powder, Vitamin B12, Thiamin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid. No artificial preservatives and no fillers added.

Hoofprints in the Sand 03-01-2010 12:30 PM

She also mentioned this as another option, since Sandie is definitely an easy keeper! ;-)

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SmartVite EZ Keeper Alfalfa Pellets

SmartPak


Item #17891
Our Price: As Low As: $16.95


Form: Pellets
Maintenance Dose: 1 SmartPak Well

NEW - PELLETS! A comprehensive vitamin and mineral formula designed to meet the nutritional needs of the easy keeper being fed little or no fortified grain and a legume such as alfalfa. These tasty pellets can easily be fed alone, without grain!

In addition to a comprehensive and balanced selection of vitamins and minerals, SmartVite EZ Keeper Alfalfa Pellets provide amino acids and essential fatty acids, along with pre and probiotics for digestive health.

We offer 11 SmartVite formulas! Click here to find the SmartVite that is right for your horse.

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Declared Ingredients

IngredientPer ServingPer PoundCrude Protein (Min)9.2% L-Lysine3% DL-Methionine0.8% L-Threonine0.5% Crude Fat (Min)5.2% Crude Fiber (Max)9% Vitamin A17,000 IU Vitamin D33,250 IU Vitamin E750 IU Vitamin B120.43 mg Menadione (Vitamin K)15 mg Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)575 mg Thiamine (Vitamin B1)85 mg Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)38.5 mg Niacin (Vitamin B3)425 mg d-Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)85 mg Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)85 mg Folic Acid30 mg Biotin3.5 mg Inositol125 mg Choline70 mg Calcium (Min)1.6% Calcium (Max)1.8% Phosphorus3.4% Salt (Min)5% Salt (Max)5.2% Magnesium2.1% Potassium2.1% Chromium0.35 mg Cobalt12.5 mg Copper112.5 mg Iodine1.5 mg Iron137.5 mg Manganese150 mg Selenium1.5 mg Silica0.43% Zinc425 mg Direct Fed Microbials350 Million CFU Yeast Cultures625 Million CFU
Back to Top Other Ingredients

Active Dry Yeast, Alfalfa Meal, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Beta Carotene, Biotin, Calcium Ascorbate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Pantothenate, Choline Chloride, Chromium Yeast, Cobalt Carbonate, Cobalt Polysaccharide Complex, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, D-Activated Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D3), Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Aspergillus
Niger Meal, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Extract, Dried Kelp, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Extract, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Fenugreek Seed, Folic Acid, Grape Pomace (Ground Grape Seed and Skin), Inositol, Fructooligosaccharides, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Iron Sulfate, Lignin Sulfonate, L-Lysine, Magnesium Oxide, Magnesium Proteinate, Magnesium Silicate, Maltodextrin, Manganese Polysaccharide Complex, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (Source of Vitamin K3), DL-Methionine, Monosodium Phosphate, Niacin, Potassium Chloride, Propionic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Salt, Selenium Yeast, Sodium Selenite, Stabilized Flax Seed Meal, Thiamine Mononitrate, L-Threonine, Vegetable Oil (cold pressed), Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols), Yeast Extract (Mannanoligaosaccharides), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate.


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