Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore.
This Month’s Pick
Staff Member: Casey F.
Department: Barn Programs
Discipline: Natural Horsemanship/Eventing
I’m a bit of an oddity here at SmartPak because I’ve only been riding for about six years. I really got into horses while in college at the University of Vermont, where I learned to ride on their wonderful Morgans. After school, I continued to take lessons and competed primarily in the hunters. I’d known for a long time that I would eventually have my own horse and about a year ago I finally took the plunge! I bought a five-year-old Morgan gelding named Newt who has been an absolute joy. Since then, I’ve become a student of Natural Horsemanship, and I feel that it’s really helped me understand my horse and develop a partnership that’s truly precious to me. Newt is a cool horse, and we are having an absolute blast as we work towards a career in eventing!
SmartFlex II Support Pellets
I’ve learned a ton about joint health since I started working at SmartPak. It’s very important to me that I do what I can to support healthy joints because I want to still be riding Newt when he’s 30! He’s young and only in moderate work right now, so it’s the perfect time to start him on a joint supplement to maintain cartilage health. I chose SmartFlex II Support because it provides a combination of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM that is perfect for a horse doing ground work and light riding five days a week.
Unfortunately, the stresses of modern horse keeping can really challenge a horse’s digestive system. I put Newt on SmartDigest Ultra because it has an incredible array of ingredients to support digestive health. And since Newt is enrolled in the ColiCare program, I may be eligible for $7500 of colic surgery reimbursement should he need it. I sleep better at night knowing that while I’m doing everything I can to keep Newt’s digestive system healthy and balanced, I’ve got ColiCare in my corner should the worst happen.
SmartOmega 3 Ultra
The health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids are becoming more and more established for both people and horses. I feel good knowing that Newt is getting a wonderful source of Omega 3s from the Flax Seed, Chia Seed, and Fish Oil found in SmartOmega 3 Ultra. This supplement also contains Vitamins E and A, prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes. It’s the perfect foundation for any supplement program, and it doesn’t hurt that it also put an incredible shine on Mr. Newt!
I just about fell over when I learned that the average horse in no work needs an ounce of sodium a day! I hang a Himalayan Salt Block in Newt’s stall, but I know he isn’t licking an ounce a day off of it. I added SmartLytes Pellets into his SmartPak to help meet his daily sodium requirement and to help encourage drinking. Newt is less enthusiastic about drinking cold water during the winter, so this supplement is especially important for him in the colder months. I love that it comes in pellets—Newt gobbles them right up!
Why Casey Uses SmartPaks
I board Newt at a fairly large stable, and I think my barn manager would be overwhelmed if we weren’t using SmartPaks. They are really easy for the barn staff to use, and I’m confident that every day Newt is getting all of his supplements in the correct amounts. I spent a lot of time coming up with this supplement program, and I want to be sure he’s getting it all! SmartPaks are simply the best way to go.