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Meet Mary H. & Zackly Right from Traverse City, MI

My first horse was a flea-bitten grey Arabian gelding named Zackly Right. He was given to me by a fellow horseperson in the spring of 2008, at which time he was 27 and I was 15. I took great lengths to learn about equine nutrition, so I could provide him with the best care I could afford. This August, Zack started colicking, and what we thought was just a sand colic turned out to be something much more serious. After 3 days of fighting, his intestines finally twisted, at which point Zack was humanely euthanized. Upon palpation, my veterinarian also found that he had a basketball sized mass in his abdomen. The diagnosis was a metastasized melanoma, which had been slowly growing for many years, undetected by anyone. He was the healthiest horse on my farm, and he never had even one “senior-day” as long as I had known him. Even blood work weeks before was picture perfect!"

My vet was astounded that Zack lived as long as did with his condition, and is certain that by keeping a close watch on his care and nutrition, we helped Zack live as long as he possibly could have. I couldn’t have done any of it without SmartPak, though. Because of you, the supplements I needed were affordable and easy to get. When I got him, he had brittle feet, and had a large quarter crack. After feeding him SmartHoof and Omega Horseshine for a year, his hooves were gorgeous. He also received SmartLytes every day, which was crucial with wacky Michigan weather and a horse who didn’t drink much water. Not once was he fed the wrong thing at the wrong time of day in over a year of using your products!

Zack was a horse with amazing heart and dedication, and he made me into the rider and person I am today. He could still jump 3ft until the end, and we even won a Reserve Champion title at Training Level dressage through a local show series, the last show taking place just 3 weeks before his death. He was my best friend, and I know I’ll never find another horse like him, try as I might. Thank you so much, SmartPak, for your wonderful service, and for providing a young woman with the tools to extend the life of a special horse.


SmartPak Equine was founded by riders and horse owners for riders and horse owners. We ride and show Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Polo, Equitation, Eventing, and Reining. We’ve logged many miles trail riding through New England’s rolling hills and the tough shrubs of Chaparral country. Our extended families include Hanoverians, Oldenburgs, Quarter Horses, Selle Français, Thoroughbreds, Lipizzans, Trakehners, Arabs, Morgans and Appaloosas. Horses, horse care and horsemanship are our passion. We got our start in 1999, with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses. Our patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. The SmartPak system has been embraced by riders from all disciplines and all levels, including many Olympic medalists. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, we offer a broad line of horse health, show apparel, tack, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through our catalogs and here on our website.

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One comment on “Meet Mary H. & Zackly Right from Traverse City, MI
  1. Ashleigh says:

    Sad, sweet story that touched my heart! You were lucky to have owned him!

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