Do you ever feel like your horse isn't getting "enough"?
I've spent years perfecting Yankee's grain and feed schedule to the point where its effective and what he needs, but still affordable.
He eats 14% protein grain with min 9% fat in addition to 4 flakes of grass and 1-2 flakes alfalfa a day in winter. That decreases to 2 flakes in summer of grass and 1 alfalfa.
This has worked for us.
He needs just a liiiitle extra, in my "professional" opinion.
And by professional, I mean I know my horse and his workload and even if I feed him more grain he still wouldn't be getting that little extra he needs.
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Seriously the best.
I've been a loyal customer to them for years now (probably around 9) and take great joy in using their products. Mainly, smartpaks.
They've made it much easier in the past few years to compare products and change smartpaks. SO EASY.
Every season I tweak Yankee's pak just a little.
Recently, I just played around with his "Show season" smartpak and added a few things I've never tried.
I always always have "Smarthoof" for the biotin for his feets and hair growth (seriously a HUGE difference). I don't do farrier's formula because I cannot pay an arm and a leg, thus why i LOVE the "compare"button. Helps you sort through product ingredients and decide which s best for you!
I also ALWAYS have "SmartFlex Maintenance" for his joints and tendons. A must have for any horse in work. I want longevity in my beast!
Over the winter I added "Gleam & Gain Supreme 60" and "Mirra Coat" for his coat and helping maintain his weight.
I took off Mirra coat for summer even though I always worry about his summer coat getting bleached. The ingredients were a little redundant with Glean & Gain and I wanted the high fat content vs the omega's in Mirra. I think I will add Chia seeds to his grain instead (little less expensive) since my barn-mate has had great success with it and we can buy bulk here in town!
I added "Tract-Guard" as I always do for summertime. He has had ulcers in the past from racing and this seems to just coat his belly a little more and aid in never getting them again!
Lastly, I played around with the compare button to decide on a Vit E and Sel. supplement. In the past I've just gone with the straight Vit E and S from smartpak but with cost being an issue and the fact that his tripping doesn't occur very much anymore, I opted to choose a more all around vitamin that is chock full of good stuff. Its called "Ultra-Elite-Pro-Form" and I feel a little better about it knowing our soil and hay is not of great quality around here.
So, I have his joints (Smartflex), feets (Smarthoof), coat (Glean & Gain), and inner body (tract-guard, Ultra Elite) all covered!
Overall, I pay around $70-$88 depending on the season. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me and they're really easy to add!
Does anyone else use smartpaks? Do you love them as much as I do?!