What we do
We market leading name brand supplements custom-packed for your horse in a patented unit dose package, the SmartPak™. SmartPaks are individually labeled and sealed packs that contain one day's dosage of supplements. They also protect supplements from the harmful effects of oxygen and moisture, thereby ensuring maximum potency. SmartPaks are automatically shipped every 4 weeks and can be sent to your home, office or barn.
Your complete satisfaction is important to us. If you are not happy with our products and services, we will work to satisfy you completely.
How We Came to Be
by Rebecca Minard
SmartPaks were born of necessity. Feeding supplements was a disaster at our boarding barn. I have a TB/QH cross who needs daily vitamin E, joint supplement and a 1,250 lb dose of daily wormer. I assumed he was generally getting his supplements. Then I noticed that the vitamin E had lasted months longer than it should have. It's a white powder so I checked his feed tub (pre-made for the next morning) to see if it was in there. Nothing. No trace of white powder. The joint supplement was there, but it was hard to tell if it was one or two scoops. He did have a hefty dose of his daily wormer in there - maybe that would explain why I was going through it twice as fast as I thought I should be!
Now it's hard to blame the barn staff, since they have to feed 35 horses with an average of 3 supplements per horse. That works out to 105 supplements to be opened, measured, fed and resealed. What a headache for them.
We wondered if others had the same problem so we went out and talked to boarders, owners and managers at other barns. All sorts of other barns: big show barns, small private barns, lesson barns and back yard barns. They had many of the same problems. In a few cases we found some moldy supplements or contaminated supplements (mouse droppings!). We found many outdated supplements (usually in those gigantic containers).
The most consistent thing we found was that most of the feed rooms we visited had containers that had not been resealed after each use. Some were even left entirely open! Since then we have learned from manufacturers that oxygen, moisture and sunlight are devastating to the potency of many supplements. Money down the drain!
SmartPak was born!
Now I know my horse gets what I want him to get each and every feeding. Each SmartPak has his name on it so even the weekend feeder gets it right every time. I never have to worry about running out of supplements. My supplements are as fresh and potent as possible. I can easily pack his SmartPaks when we go away for a show. My barn manager is ecstatic and the best part is, I don't pay any more than I used to when I bought my supplements at the tack store. Click here to read an article that appeared in Dressage Today about how SmartPak came to be. Note: The article is in the form of a PDF (portable document format) files. The Adobe ® Acrobat ® Reader software is required to read this file.
Who we are
SmartPak Equine was founded by riders and horse owners. Between us we ride and show Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Polo, Equitation, Eventing, Reining and have logged many miles trail riding. Professionally, we have been barn managers, bankers, venture capitalists, health care marketers and a research scientist. And we are all concerned about the environment. Click here to read about SmartPak's commitment to the environment.
Phone: (800) 461-8898
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