I had been riding for sixteen years and wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to afford my own horse. This past summer, with the support of my trainer, my husband, and my father-in-law (who gave me Peppy!), my dream finally came true. Peppy was shipped all the way from Texas to Connecticut, where he started his English career as a four year old. I immediately started him on Omega Horseshine to help grow out his pitiful tail and improve his hooves, and grow and improve they did! Shortly after, I noticed he was getting irritable when I touched his belly or tightened the girth. Suspecting stomach ulcers, I started him on U-Gard, and the symptoms went away completely. Then, eight months after owning Peppy, he was diagnosed with a torn suspensory ligament.
He was immediately placed on stall rest, and I was devastated that after waiting for sixteen years to own my own horse, eight months later he was being laid up (he’s on week 9 of stall rest). My normally laid-back appendix turned into the “rearing Black Stallion”, so I decided to cut out all grain, and start him on SmartVite Maintenance Grass multi-vitamin to ensure he still received the appropriate vitamins & minerals. I also started him on SmartCalm Ultra to help with his attitude. One of the best things about getting my supplements from SmartPak are that you have the best prices compared to any of my local stores and all of the other online stores once you factor in their high shipping costs. With all of the vet bills, saving money where I can is important. As I look forward to a hopefully speedy recovery for Peppy, I know that one year of recovery time out of his lifetime is a small price to pay for finally owning my (usually) wonderful horse.