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post #1 of 5 Old 12-17-2011, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Immune supplements, would love your opinions, help, and advice!

So since alot of you have been fallowing oliver's progress in recovery with his pneumonia, my vet, trainer and I all agreed that he would benefit from an immune aiding supplement. I looked a some but kept soming back to the "Smart Protect" (pellets) it's sounds good and has the grape seed that aids the immune system as well as vitamin C and others. here it is:

SmartProtect® Pellets - SmartSupplements from SmartPak Equine

I'm not worried about him rejecting it....can be a piggy with goodies! It is also In my price range.

I recently learned about chelation (very helpful!) Iv been recommended by many trusted horsey friends to do invest in the Dynamite products such as their vitamin C, Hiscorbadyn and a few other things but problem is...I just flat out cannot afford it, out of the question. It's very frustrating cause I know he would very much benefit from it and with the chelation being correct cause they attach the ingredients to amino acids ( the body recognizes it because of they are attached to the amino acids) so it can be flittered through and your gets the actual nutrients it needs and your not wasting so much money. But I simply can't afford that :(

So...the smart pak "smart protect" is what I feel would work best for my sickly little boy.

Have you used this or have something you could suggest to me?
Thanks!
Sam and Oliver!
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-17-2011, 11:22 AM
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Immuno DMG EQ for horses, supplements for endurance and immune system support

Here's what I use and have had success with. I had a horse who was very allergic to fly bites, to the point he had to be on steroids. Of course, this had the predictable side effect of laminitis and I started looking for other ways to deal with the fly bite reactions. I started feeding this, at the strongest strength 1500 mg and did that for about 1 year, then went down in strength to the lowest strength, 750 mg by the end of the 2nd year. He never had another fly bite reaction and never took steroid shots again.

A friend used it on her horse that had reactions to his vaccines, each and every type gave him problems. So she tried it and no more vaccine reactions.

I keep my show horses on it every day and don't seem to have the issues a lot of show horses do, so .....anecdotal evidence isn't scientific proof but it seems to work for me.

I don't know if they offer this at Smart Pak but you can order directly from the company too.

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We like the Smart Pak products!! We haven't used the one you mentioned, but have used other smartpak supplements (a probiotic for our OTTB, and an easy keeper vitamin supplement for our fat draft) and have found their products to be very helpful in what they are meant to do.

The probiotic, Smartdigest, helped our OTTB get the most benefit out of his food and his Cool Calories weight supplement and he is now a fat pig! The probiotic really made a difference in helping him to gain weight. So much so that he is now mistaken for an appendix. lol

The vitamin supplement for fatties is called SmartVite Easy Keeper Grass, it has had stunning effects on our fat draft. She passed a recent physical with flying colors, and is as healthy as a ...horse! She looks fantastic, with superb hoofs, and a coat that is thick and so shiny it looks as if we polished her....She has never had a coat this spectacular before.....last winter it was thick and shiny...but not even close to this. And we use NO polishes or coat sprays or coat conditioning products on our horses. Ever.


So, I like and trust the SmartPak products!!!! We are definately satisified customers!

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-19-2011, 11:01 PM
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I am a firm believer in supplementing Vitamins A-D-E, particularly A. I have found that many horses get too little of it all year and in the winter and early spring, most horses that receive no supplements or highly fortified feeds get MUCH too little of it. Without it, horses have NO adequate immune response. It is why they get Rain Rot, goopy eyes, lice, etc. I know you cannot prove a negative, but I think it is much more than a coincidence that when WNV first came along, horses died all around us. Some people near us lost several. We did not have a single case.

People all around us have lost horses or had horrible cases of EPM. Opossums live around here by the thousands. We have not had a case and keep 50 - 60 horses running out on pasture with no shelters for any accept those in paddocks. Part of those have no shelters and only have trees or brush for wind-breaks.

Vitamin A (and D & E) can be supplemented very inexpensively. I use a mineral with a lot of Vitamin A in it and there are inexpensive supplements like Mare Plus that have high levels without the Vitamins that make horses get high and silly.

We do not have horses that colic and we just do not have sick horses. We don't have foals born with crooked or weak legs and we have nearly everything breed on one service. Like I said, you cannot prove a negative, but it sure cannot be a total coincidence with this many horses for this many years.
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