A horse’s joints are designed to manage the normal wear and tear that comes with being a horse in its natural state. However, the increased demands of riding, training and competing can put additional stress on your horse’s joint tissues. SmartPak recently conducted a research study that showed improvement in horses receiving the joint supplement SmartFlex IV Ultimate Pellets.
During a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, it was demonstrated that twice the number of horses had improvements in lameness scores when receiving SmartFlex IV Ultimate Pellets compared to the horses in the control group.
“At SmartPak we understand that equine joint health is a top concern among horse owners and veterinarians,” said Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s staff veterinarian. “We’re proud to be investing in research that helps support the benefits of oral joint supplements, which we believe are an invaluable tool in a horse’s comprehensive joint health program.”
Joint deterioration is one of the most common conditions that affects performance and pleasure horses. The joints most often affected in the horse include the knee, fetlock, coffin, hock and pastern. While there is no proven method of preventing joint problems, previous research suggests that oral joint ingredients including glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid and MSM have the ability to support equine joint health.
SmartFlex IV Ultimate Pellets provide high levels of the most powerful ingredients for joint, tendon and ligament health. This unrivaled formula includes glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, MSM, cetyl myristoleate, resveratrol and superfruits, all in one comprehensive formula. SmartFlex IV Ultimate Pellets are the ideal choice for supporting joint and soft tissue health in the equine athlete.
The SmartFlex IV Ultimate Pellets study was conducted by Dr. Andris Kaneps of Kaneps Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Kaneps is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). He specializes in lameness diagnosis and treatment, equine orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and sport horse rehabilitation and athletic performance issues. "Our horses are athletes, and their joints are under stress every day. As a veterinarian, I want to make sure I'm helping my clients do everything they can to help support their horses, which is why I was interested in this study,” said Dr. Kaneps. “We evaluated sixteen horses and ponies of various ages, breeds, and disciplines over a 60-day timeframe. Based on the results of this study, I recommend adding SmartFlex IV Ultimate to your performance horse’s daily regimen.”
Visit www.SmartPak.com/SmartFlexResearch to learn more about SmartFlex IV Ultimate Pellets and this research study.
From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award as well as an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.