Ah, the things I busy myself with while the pony is off on vacation...
Apparently, with the addition of scrumptious grass to nibble on all-the-live-long-day, the mare has decided that her SmartPak is no longer delicious or worth her time. Fortunately, Cowboy Man has Platinum Performance that he's been offering to P instead of her regular supplements... and apparently the mare can't get enough.
Their CJ formula is the closest match to what she's currently getting, but the little beast doesn't find it as tasty as the traditional formula (picky twit).... So they suggested compromising with a month supply of regular Platinum Performance alon with some tasters of CJ in order to see if we can coax her over to the dark (less tasty/more expensive) side.
I have to say that I was really impressed with Platinum's customer service. I was able to provide them a list of the products that P has been choking down thus far and they gave me an instant comparison for what she was (and wasn't) getting.
They were super friendly, generous with the samples and even threw in free shipping since I was a customer coming from SmartPak. Also, I was surprised at how affordable it is. I guess I never really explored it, but I had always relegated Platinum's products in the "pricey to extremely ridiculous" range, but the fact of the matter is that the standard Performance product is way cheaper than what I've been spending on P's SmartPak and even the CJ formula isn't outta sight price-wise.
So, starting next week, P's regimen will drop to only getting the Platinum Performance and her Nano-E on top of just enough rice bran to act as a base. Forage wise, the mare is on full pasture with some hay to nibble on at night if somehow she ends up hungry again. This is probably the simplest feeding regimen she's had since I got her. (I have a self admitted issue with compulsively adding supplements without ever taking anything away..)
I really enjoyed my SmartPak, and I wouldn't rule out going back to them, but if I can accomplish 95% what I was trying to with Pia's massive Pak, for less money.. and with less hassle... I'll be a convert indeed.