Staff Member: Lucy B
Department: Customer Care
I have been riding in the hunter/jumper world since I was 6 and have done a bit of everything. Vinnie came into my life when we were both young, and he has carried me from mini medals to junior medals to adult medals. Looking back, my trainer must have known he was a very special horse to partner an 11-year-old kid with a 3-year-old horse! Vinnie had a bad colic about 3 years ago and we almost lost him. However, he is a feisty character and refused to let it get the better of him. Two surgeries, over a month at Tufts Veterinary Medical Center (thank you!) and 5 months of stall rest, Vinnie is fully recovered and as bossy as ever. We are done with our showing days, and he now enjoys the life of leisure with the occasional hacks. I am so lucky to have Vinnie in my life; he is my friend, partner, and therapist.
SmartFlex Senior Herb-Free Pellets
Since Vinnie is older and semi-retired, I use SmartFlex Senior Herb-Free Pellets to keep him feeling good and maintain his joint health. Because of his sensitive stomach, I have opted to use the Herb Free version as it is a bit softer on his tummy. I also love the blend of antioxidants to help support his immune health.
Due to Vinnie’s history and just being an older guy, I keep in him on the SmartDigest Ultra to help support normal digestive function.
SmartVite Thrive Senior Pellets
Vinnie is on minimal grain since he is in light work and tends to be an easy keeper. I want to make sure he is getting the vitamins and minerals he needs, so I supplement him with the SmartVite Thrive Senior Pellets. Plus the added antioxidants are great for him!
SmartHoof Ultra Pellets
Since becoming semi-retired, we removed Vinnie’s shoes so he gets the SmartHoof Ultra to help maintain healthy hooves.
I started Tri-Amino to help Vinnie maintain his topline as he gets older, since senior horses require higher quality protein.
Why Lucy uses SmartPaks™
Since I board Vinnie, SmartPaks make it easy for me to know he is getting all his supplements when I can’t be there. As you can see, he has a pretty comprehensive supplement program, so I split his supplements into AM and PM. Because the SmartPaks are labeled, it makes feeding easy for my barn owner and anyone else that does feeding.
Lucy’s Other Four-Legged Friend(s)
I have two other wonderful animals in my life, Fenway and Webster. They are both rescue dogs with polar opposite personalities.
Fenway is a lab/hound mix with unlimited energy and is always eating something new (books, shoes, newspapers). He also has a slew of allergies that need catering to, so using PortionPaks makes it easy for me to keep him on an appropriate food. He gets the Wellness Super5Mix Complete Health Lamb, Barley and Salmon Meal Recipe along with Prozyme, SmartCanine Joint Ultra and Deep Sea Salmon Oil.
Webster is a lab/pit mix that spends 23 hours of the day holding his dog bed to the floor. Since he is not a very active pup, he gets Wellness Super5Mix Healthy Weight along with Deep Sea Salmon Oil and Recovery SA.