Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ and dogs’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore.
This Month’s Pick
Staff Member: Kerri V.
Horse: Luna, 13 year old Connemara/Thoroughbred cross and Riker, 19 year old Appendix Quarter Horse
I’ve been riding since I was 10, and grew up competing in the sport of eventing with my horse Riker, who I’ve owned since he was 3 years old! During college I purchased my mare Luna, who loves dressage. We currently compete at First Level and are hoping to move up to Second Level in 2012.
As a self-confessed “supplement nerd” and SmartPak employee, I often get asked what supplements my horses get. Here’s what keeps them happy & healthy…
SmartFlex® II Support Pellets:
Making sure I give Luna the right joint support is very important to me, as I ask a lot of her during our training sessions. Since she is in moderate work, SmartFlex II Support is the perfect choice to help keep her joints healthy. It contains all of the essentials for joint health- glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and MSM, so she gets everything she needs in one easy to feed pellet. Luna hates most powders, so having a pelleted option makes life a lot easier for me, and the barn staff who feeds her!
Luna has a tendency to pull shoes, which can wreak havoc on her hooves. SmartHoof helps her keep her hooves healthy and strong, with fewer lost shoes and cracks. My farrier and I are both happier!
SmartVite EZ Keeper Grass Pellets:
Although she is half Thoroughbred, Luna definitely gets her metabolism from her Connemara side! She is a VERY easy keeper and only gets a small amount of grain. SmartVite EZ Keeper Grass helps me ensure she is getting all of the nutrition she needs, without additional calories. I love that this supplement also has the essential amino acids Lysine, Methionine, and Threonine, which are great for a performance horse.
Unfortunately here in New England, grass pasture is very hard to come by. Luna gets plenty of turnout with her buddies, but there isn’t any grass available. To help make sure she gets all of the nutrients that she needs, I feed SmartOmega 3. This supplement provides her with the Omega 3 Fatty Acids and antioxidants she’s missing from pasture, plus gives her a little digestive support. It’s the perfect addition to help round out her supplement program.
SmartFlex® Senior Pellets:
As with most horses his age, Riker has some stiffness and discomfort due to wear and tear on his joints. SmartFlex Senior helps to keep him comfortable and moving freely – in fact he is often seen cantering and bucking around his paddock with his pasturemate. Although he is semi-retired now, he certainly feels and looks great! I also like that he gets antioxidants and digestive ingredients in this supplement for comprehensive senior support.
SmartHoof® Ultra Pellets:
Riker has always struggled with hooves that cracked easily, despite having excellent farrier care. When I decided to remove his shoes, I added SmartHoof Ultra to help improve his hoof quality. His feet are amazing now- not a single chip or crack and my farrier always admires how healthy they look! I am thrilled with the difference this supplement has made for him.
SmartVite Senior Grass Pellets:
Like Luna, Riker is a fairly easy keeper and gets a small serving of grain. In order to make sure he gets all the vitamins and minerals that he needs to stay healthy, I chose SmartVite Senior Grass. Although he can be picky, he loves the taste! I love that it’s designed especially for older horses, with higher levels of B-Vitamins and Amino Acids that the senior horse needs.
Riker also get turned out in a paddock without grass, and in order to make sure he gets enough Omega 3s and Vitamin E, he gets SmartOmega 3 daily. Since starting him on this supplement I’ve noticed a huge improvement in his overall health and coat!
Kerri’sOther Four-Legged Friend
My dog Chloe, a German Shepard mix I adopted from a local shelter, has been coming to work at SmartPak for the past 3 years. She gets Wellness Super5Mix® Complete Health Lamb, Barley and Salmon dry food in PortionPaks to make feeding time easier whether we’re in the office, on the road or relaxing at home. Chloe also gets SmartCanine™ OmegaMax to help keep her skin & coat happy and healthy. Despite the fact that she is super-picky, she loves this combination. I always get compliments on how great she looks, and her excellent
diet certainly plays a big part in that!