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F R OM OU R C O RPO R A T E PA R T NE RS “SmartPak’s Colicare™ program includes up to $7,500 of colic surgery reimbursement.” SMARTPAK T hink of a horse in its natural state, roaming free and grazing constantly, just as Mother Nature intended. Now think about your horse’s lifestyle. If he’s a typical modern horse, it’s probably not similar at all. The equine diges-tive system was built for constant grazing. Whether it’s fresh pasture, hay or another source, the majority of every horse’s diet should consist of roughage. In fact, your horse should be eating 1-2 percent of his body weight in for-age every day. For a 1,000 pound horse, that’s 10-20 pounds daily! Research shows that changes in the batch or type of hay you give your horse can increase his chances of developing colic by 10 times. Fortu-nately, studies also suggest that there are things you can do to help reduce your horse's risk of developing colic, which is responsible for more horse deaths than any other condition. “The drought conditions causing this season’s hay shortage have led to hay changes for many horses,” said Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s medical director and staff veterinarian. “Changes in a horse’s forage, such as switching from one cut of hay to another or to a different species of grass, can disrupt the fragile microbial population in the hindgut. Fortunately, research has shown that key ingredients can help reduce digestive disruption and support proper digestion. With this research in mind, SmartPak developed a new and improved version of the popular Smart-Digest® Ultra supplement that provides unpar-alleled G.I. protection for everyone’s horse, from the high-level reining horse to your beloved mare grazing in the back field—and every horse in between. In addition to making hay changes gradually over 7–10 days and keeping up with regular veterinary care, giving your horse Smart-Digest® Ultra in SmartPaks is the best thing you can do to support his digestive balance and help lower his risk of G.I. upset.” The clinically studied ingredients in SmartDi-gest® Ultra include: • prebiotics (fructooligosaccharides), proven to reduce disruption in the cecum and colon • prebiotics (mannanoligosaccharides) proven to inhibit the absorption of harmful bacteria in the hindgut • yeast (Saccharomyces cereviseae) shown to FEI World Equestrian Games multiple Gold Medalists Tom McCutcheon and Gunners Special Nite improve fiber digestion and assist the benefi-cial bacteria of the cecum in adjusting to feed change • enzymes (amylase) demonstrated to increase the proper digestion of starch in the foregut A sudden change in your horse's lifestyle or diet, such as different hay or grain, increased stall time, adjustment in activity level, even de-hydration, all can lead to colic. “We designed SmartDigest® Ultra to help your horse manage the digestive stress caused by hay fluctuations, training, travel and more,” contin-ued Dr. Gray. “Its innovative formula provides high levels of specialized ingredients to help keep your horse’s digestive tract healthy and balanced.” The benefits of feeding SmartDigest® Ultra go beyond comprehensive digestive health support. Horses fed SmartDigest® Ultra in SmartPaks may be eligible for SmartPak’s new ColiCare™ pro-gram, which includes up to $7,500 of colic-sur-gery reimbursement. “We are so confident in ColiCare’s combination of SmartDigest® Ultra and a vet-directed wellness program that we’ve backed it with this groundbreaking free offer,” said Paal Gisholt, SmartPak’s CEO. “With ColiCare, horse owners can sleep soundly knowing their horses have the best digestive supplement and the best wellness program in their corner.” NRHA Professionals like Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay and Matt Mills use SmartDigest Ultra on many of their reining horses. “You can’t have a healthy horse without a healthy-diges-tive system, which is why all my horses receive daily support from SmartDigest Ultra in Smart-Paks. I have peace of mind knowing that their digestive tracts are healthy and balanced,” said McCutcheon, an NRHA Million Dollar Rider. ColiCare™ is open to horses aged five months to 25 years who reside in the U.S., have not had colic surgery, a history of colic, or an incidence of colic in the past year and who are fed SmartDi-gest® Ultra in SmartPaks™. Wellness visits by a veterinarian, including annual vaccinations, physical and dental exams and a deworming program, are an important part of the program. Full terms and conditions of the program are available on line at SmartPak.com/ColiCare From the feed room to the tack room, NRHA Corporate Partner SmartPak offers innovative PHOTO CREDIT: PAINT HORSE JOURNAL

Smartpak

Managing digestive stress.

Think of a horse in its natural state, roaming free and grazing constantly, just as Mother Nature intended. Now think about your horse's lifestyle. If he's a typical modern horse, it's probably not similar at all. The equine digestive system was built for constant grazing. Whether it's fresh pasture, hay or another source, the majority of every horse's diet should consist of roughage. In fact, your horse should be eating 1-2 percent of his body weight in forage every day. For a 1,000 pound horse, that's 10-20 pounds daily!

Research shows that changes in the batch or type of hay you give your horse can increase his chances of developing colic by 10 times. Fortunately, studies also suggest that there are things you can do to help reduce your horse's risk of developing colic, which is responsible for more horse deaths than any other condition.

"The drought conditions causing this season's hay shortage have led to hay changes for many horses," said Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak's medical director and staff veterinarian. "Changes in a horse's forage, such as switching from one cut of hay to another or to a different species of grass, can disrupt the fragile microbial population in the hindgut. Fortunately, research has shown that key ingredients can help reduce digestive disruption and support proper digestion. With this research in mind, SmartPak developed a new and improved version of the popular Smart- Digest® Ultra supplement that provides unparalleled G.I. protection for everyone's horse, from the high-level reining horse to your beloved mare grazing in the back field – and every horse in between. In addition to making hay changes gradually over 7–10 days and keeping up with regular veterinary care, giving your horse Smart- Digest® Ultra in SmartPaks is the best thing you can do to support his digestive balance and help lower his risk of G.I. upset."

The clinically studied ingredients in SmartDigest ® Ultra include:

• prebiotics (fructooligosaccharides), proven to reduce disruption in the cecum and colon

• prebiotics (mannanoligosaccharides) proven to inhibit the absorption of harmful bacteria in the hindgut

• yeast (Saccharomyces cereviseae) shown to improve fiber digestion and assist the beneficial bacteria of the cecum in adjusting to feed change

• enzymes (amylase) demonstrated to increase the proper digestion of starch in the foregut

A sudden change in your horse's lifestyle or diet, such as different hay or grain, increased stall time, adjustment in activity level, even dehydration, all can lead to colic.

"We designed SmartDigest® Ultra to help your horse manage the digestive stress caused by hay fluctuations, training, travel and more," continued Dr. Gray. "Its innovative formula provides high levels of specialized ingredients to help keep your horse's digestive tract healthy and balanced."

The benefits of feeding SmartDigest® Ultra go beyond comprehensive digestive health support. Horses fed SmartDigest® Ultra in SmartPaks may be eligible for SmartPak's new ColiCare™ program, which includes up to $7,500 of colic-surgery reimbursement. "We are so confident in ColiCare's combination of SmartDigest® Ultra and a vet-directed wellness program that we've backed it with this groundbreaking free offer," said Paal Gisholt, SmartPak's CEO. "With ColiCare, horse owners can sleep soundly knowing their horses have the best digestive supplement and the best wellness program in their corner."

NRHA Professionals like Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay and Matt Mills use SmartDigest Ultra on many of their reining horses. "You can't have a healthy horse without a healthy-digestive system, which is why all my horses receive daily support from SmartDigest Ultra in Smart- Paks. I have peace of mind knowing that their digestive tracts are healthy and balanced," said McCutcheon, an NRHA Million Dollar Rider.

ColiCare™ is open to horses aged five months to 25 years who reside in the U.S., have not had colic surgery, a history of colic, or an incidence of colic in the past year and who are fed SmartDigest ® Ultra in SmartPaks™. Wellness visits by a veterinarian, including annual vaccinations, physical and dental exams and a deworming program, are an important part of the program. Full terms and conditions of the program are available on line at SmartPak.com/ColiCare

From the feed room to the tack room, NRHA Corporate Partner 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 Official Feeding System of the NRHA. 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. To see Smart- Pak's full inventory of products for you and your horse, and to place a risk-free order online, just go to www.SmartPak.com.

COLIC 101

Everything You Need to Know to Help Keep Your Horse's Digestive System Balanced and Healthy

What is colic? Colic is a general, catch-all term used to refer to any sort of abdominal pain in horses (in layman's terms, it's a bellyache). While some cases may be so mild that you don't even notice, a severe case of colic is a medical emergency. In fact, colic is responsible for more deaths in horses than any other disease.

Yikes! W hat can I do? The best think you can do for your horse is get educated (this article is a great place to start!). Knowing the risk factors can help you make smart management and dietary changes. Learning the warning signs can help you catch an episode early on, improving your horse's chances of recovery. Last but not least, there are several supplement ingredients that have been clinically studied for their effect on digestive health.

Is my horse at risk? The following risk factors have been proven* to increase a horse's chances of experiencing a colic episode.

RISK: Increased stall time.

A sudden increase in stall time, like an injured horse put on stall rest, can cause disruptions in normal digestive processes.

Smart Tip: Maximize turnout time to keep your horse moving (and ideally grazing) to support normal gut motility. If you can't turn out your horse, try hand-walking and hand-grazing to mimic the natural meandering behavior.

RISK: Change in activity level.

Changing your horse's exercise routine (whether increasing or decreasing workload) has been linked to digestive upset.

Smart Tip: Once again, it's best to make changes as slowly as possible, and consider adding a digestive health supplement for support.

RISK: Hay and grain changes

Changing your horse's grain (type or amount) increases his risk of colic up to five times, while changes in hay increase the risk of colic a startling 10 times!

Smart Tip: Keep your horse's diet as consistent as possible. If you have to change feed or hay, make the change as gradually as you can (ideally over seven days), and look for a digestive health supplement with yeast, probiotics and enzymes, which help keep the microbes of the hindgut happy during feed transitions.

Research shows that. . .

. . .prebiotics can reduce disruption in the cecum and colon and inhibit the absorption of harmful bacteria in the hindgut.

. . .digestive enzymes can increase the proper digestion of sugars and starches in the foregut, reducing the incidence of hindgut acidosis (which may lead to colic and laminitis).

. . .yeast can improve fiber digestion and assist the beneficial bacteria of the cecum in adjusting to feed changes.

Telltale signs of potential G.I. upset:
• Pawing
• Looking at, kicking or biting abdomen
• Repeatedly lying down and getting up
• Sitting in a dog-like position or lying on the back
• Lip curling (Flehmen response)
• Lack of bowel movements
• Reduced or absent gut sound
• Not eating or drinking
• Stretching out as if to urinate
• Elevated respiratory rate
• Elevated heart rate

Read the full article at http://digitaleditions.sheridan.com/article/Smartpak/1393578/158187/article.html.

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