SmartPak Hi [facebook user], thanks for your question. Yes, since SmartGut Paste was specifically designed to support healthy stomach tissues, it is an excellent choice for horses prone to gastric ulcers. It is ideal to administer in addition to a daily gastric health supplement, such as SmartGut Powder/Pellets, U-Gard or U-7 Gastric Aid, during times of added stress (trailering, clinic, etc.), when your horse needs a bit of extra support.
Marissa Any chance Smartpak will make a version of this that comports with the USEF rules?
SmartPak Hi Marissa, thanks for your question! We are happy to clarify that none of our SmartGut formulas (powder, pellets and paste) contain any ingredients specifically listed as Forbidden Substances in the USEF Drugs & Medications Guidelines.
To learn more about these USEF rules, please visit this link: http://www.smartpakequine.com/health_and_nutrition/infoforcompetitors.aspx
For a complete list of the ingredients in SmartGut Paste, please visit this link: http://www.smartpakequine.com/ProductClass.aspx?productclassid=8685#fulldetail
Please let us know if you have any additional questions!
[Another facebook user]: Even the regular SmartGut not the SmartGut ultra? Many forums have made it pretty well known that the SmartGut tests (due to licorice?).
SmartPak Hi [facebook user], thanks for your questions. SmartGut only comes in one daily formula (available in both powder and pellets). We do have another formula called SmartDigest Ultra, which is probably what you’re referring to. Both SmartGut and SmartDigest Ultra contain licorice. We are aware that there is some confusion out there about licorice, but we can confirm that this ingredient is not specifically listed as a Forbidden Substance with USEF. We hope this helps clear things up!
Marissa Hi there, thanks so much for clarifying. Just figured I would pass along the information I have, in case it is useful to someone. Unfortunately, although the USEF list doesn't specifically list licorice, I emailed them and asked about it ...and they confirmed that it is in fact a "forbidden" substance. For some reason, the list that the USEF publishes is not inclusive of every forbidden substance. It's unfortunate, because I had great results using SmartGut, and had to switch to another supplement for competition season.
SmartPak Hi Marissa, we can explain the confusion. USEF’s published list of examples of Forbidden Substances includes a substance called eugenol, which can occur naturally in some plants like clove. Although eugenol does not occur naturally in the licorice plant the way it does with clove, USEF has some concern about licorice being “mixed” with clove (which sometimes happens for flavoring), or the licorice plant having been grown in the same field as clove, and therefore having some cross contamination between the two plants. However, we recently sent SmartGut out for independent laboratory testing, and those test results showed that it is eugenol-free. In addition, the company that supplies the licorice for our SmartSupplement formulas now certifies that the licorice we’re using is eugenol-free. So, since licorice itself is not specifically listed as a Forbidden Substance, and the licorice used in our SmartSupplement formulas like SmartGut is eugenol-free, there should be no problem with feeding them during rated competition.
Marissa Excellent, thank you so much for that explanation. I have a feeling I will be making some adjustments to my horse's Smartpak soon!
SmartPak You're very welcome Marissa!
Marissa Do you mind if I re-post this explanation on my blog? I'd like to clear up a previous discussion about the licorice crisis :)
SmartPak Marissa, please feel free to copy and paste our explanations onto your blog, as we would love to clear up the confusion as well. We’d also love to check out your blog, if you feel like sharing the link! And thanks for being a great customer!
Are these guys great or what? No question, Smartpak is hands down the official supplier for Tucker the Wunderkind. The quality of their products are great, from what I've sampled, and less expensive than other brands, and their customer service is absolutely unparalleled.
Given the above, I've made some changes to Tucker's smartpak, so he'll now be getting SmartGut, SmartHoof, Smart Flex Support II, and Cool Calories. (Instead of his usual SmartCombo, U-Gard, and Cool Calories). Smartpak, of course, is sending me a sample, just so I can be sure that he'll eat all his new stuff before I order a whole month's worth. Assuming he finds the mixture palatable, I'm going to feel much better about him going back on the SmartGut, since that seemed to be the best help for making sure that he was eating well, keeping weight on, and staying comfortable.
Next on my list... I have been eyeing the Smartpak blankets... Tucker's blankets are about 4-5 years old now, and starting to show their wear. As you know, he is rather tough on his clothing. For the first time this year, his Weatherbeetas have started rubbing his shoulders, which either means that they've lost their shape, or he's changed (possibly a combination). I do like the placement of the shoulder gusset on those Smartpak blankets... and we know how good he looks in navy... hmmmm. You guys may be getting another product review sometime soon!