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post #11 of 23 Old 01-16-2014, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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The convenience is huge for a lot of folks, but I find that it saves me a fair bit of money just to purchase my own supplements and mix them myself (a lot of the time SmartPak isn't even the cheapest place to purchase the supplements in bulk). It depends on what is more important to you: time or money.
Yeah, they aren't very kind to the wallet, $151 a month isn't cheap
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What supplements is your horse getting?

My senior mare who gets (what feels like) 50 different supplements costs less than that per month!!
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What supplements is your horse getting?

My senior mare who gets (what feels like) 50 different supplements costs less than that per month!!
Smart Combo (digestive, skin, coat, joint) Smart vite (vitamins), and Electrolytes cause the vet reccomended them.
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Holy cow. SmartCombo is quite pricey. Did your vet specifically recommend that one? Because it seems like kind of overkill if you aren't made of money.

Or even better: for a little over a third of the price of SmartCombo, you could just add biotin and MSM paks. That would achieve almost the same effects: skin, coat, feet, and joint.
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Holy cow. SmartCombo is quite pricey. Did your vet specifically recommend that one? Because it seems like kind of overkill if you aren't made of money.

Or even better: for a little over a third of the price of SmartCombo, you could just add biotin and MSM paks. That would achieve almost the same effects: skin, coat, feet, and joint.
That is what my trainer reccomended to my mom. But I'll look into it! Thanks.
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Well, MSM alone doesn't quite live up to the more comprehensive joint support in the SmartCombo. This is the joint supplement that I use: CORTA-FLX Flex-Force Pellets with HA - Horse.com It has a very comprehensive joint support package (including Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, HA, etc). It isn't quite as potent as the SmartCombo, so I double the dose when I feed it. Even feeding the double dose, it's just about .60 per day.
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I myself have looked into other supplements to replace what I get from SmartCombo...however, when I did side by side comparisons, I decided that it was just easier to stick with SmartCombo.

I know I'm paying for convienence, but I'm ok with that. :)
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post #18 of 23 Old 01-16-2014, 09:24 AM
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The convenience is huge for a lot of folks, but I find that it saves me a fair bit of money just to purchase my own supplements and mix them myself (a lot of the time SmartPak isn't even the cheapest place to purchase the supplements in bulk). It depends on what is more important to you: time or money.
Same here. I order what I need from ValleyVet, or Jeffers, or PBSAnimalhealth, or KVSupply, or StatelineTack, for far cheaper. The supplements almost always come with an enclosed scoop made for the amount the average horse is supposed to get, so in the same time it takes to open a smartpack, I just scoop the proper amount and dump in with my horse's feed. Easy Peasy.


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That is a lot just for supplements. I feed one horse plus two donkeys for less than that each month. That includes all their hay, a high quality ration balancer feed with included digestive support, vitamins, and minerals...a hoof and skin supp, flaxseed, and organic kelpmeal.
I still have room to I buy a whole tub of electrolytes, which would last me 6 months or better, and be under that amount.
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I use both bulk and smartpaks. I like a few of the smartpak brand supplaments, mainly the smartmare, and smartdigest. I feed both to my mare and the smartdigest to me senior gelding. However, I use vitacalm for my mare, which I buy at TSC and get my geldings weight builder off of Amazon. Free shipping and much cheaper than the stores
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post #20 of 23 Old 01-16-2014, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks for responding guys! My mom and I did comparisons, and just figured smartcombo was the best all around support. He was one corta flex, but I went through it pretty fast. And Smartpaks are quite convenient, although I could buy in bulk and measure them myself, but I heard sometimes that isn't always cheaper.
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