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SmartDark & Handsome® Original

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Supports deep, dark shine

  • 1,450 mg of omega 3 fatty acids for healthy skin & a shiny coat
  • Paprika & nutmeg for a dark, rich coat color
SmartDark & Handsome is now being offered in an updated formula at a new low price! The new formula provides the same key ingredients for a deep, rich coat color and more than double the amount of omega 3 fatty acids from flaxseed for healthy skin and a shiny coat. Best of all, it offers all of that great support for helping your horse maintain his dark coat color at an even better value!
Check out the new SmartDark & Handsome formula

SmartDark & Handsome helps bring out a deep, dark shine in black, bay, and brown coats. This unique formula provides a rich blend of omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil, flaxseed and chia seed, combined with paprika and nutmeg. SmartDark & Handsome is not just for the boys – it’s great for mares, too. (We just couldn’t resist the name!)

Note for Competitive Riders: This product contains paprika, which may contain trace amounts of Capsaicin.  

Have a horse of a different color? We recommend SmartShine Ultra.


Guaranteed Analysis per 30g:
(Maintenance Dose = 1 scoop (30 g) daily)
  • Crude Protein (Min)
  • L-Lysine
  • Crude Fat (Min)
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
    4.8% (1450 mg)
  • Supplying:
  • EPA
    .3% (90 mg)
  • DHA
    .2% (60 mg)
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids
    4.5% (1340 mg)
  • Crude Fiber (Max)
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
    100 mg
  • Folic Acid
    62 mg
  • Biotin
    5 mg
  • Copper
    1,250 ppm (35 mg)
  • Manganese
    2,090 ppm (60 mg)
  • Zinc
    2,250 ppm (65 mg)
Ingredient Statement:: Heat Stabilized Rice Bran, Flaxseed Meal, Paprika, Dried Kelp, L-Lysine, Vegetable Oil, Fenugreek Seed, Chia Seed, Fish Oil, Lecithin, Biotin, Zinc Polysaccharide Complex, Manganese Polysaccharide Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Nutmeg, Riboflavin, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Folic Acid, Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Sodium Propionate (preservative).


Instructions for Use:
Horse Weight Recommended Amount
Under 500 lbs. .5 scoops
500 – 1000 lbs. 1 scoop
1000 – 1500 lbs. 1 scoop
Over 1500 lbs. 1.5 scoops
Feeding Instructions: Feed 30 g daily (1 scoop = 30 g)

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    SmartDark & Handsome® Original is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 296.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not palatable I would have liked to have given this the full two month trial period but my horse just refuses to eat it. He is not a picky eater at all but not even molasses will convince him to eat this powder. He had no problem eating Black as Knight so I'm not sure what exactly was different about this product that made him turn his nose up at it. I can't tell you if it worked as intended (darker coat) as I don't think my horse was on it long enough or managed to eat enough of it to see a difference. Sadly will have to discontinue. Very strange experience for me as I've never had palatability issues with smartpak supplements before, with either of my horses, one of whom is a picky eater. I noticed multiple reviews on this product stating similar issues, so it would seem prudent for smartpak to revisit the formula and try to make it tastier.
    Date published: 2016-12-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from could be better I have been using this around 6 months on our Friesian mare and it does keep her coat darker but it doesn't come close to keeping it the beautiful jet black when it first grows in. I do plan to continue using it but wish it worked better.
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Palomino going gold My TWH faded from a deep gold to a pale blonde when he moved from AZ to MI. I turned to this supplement and his color is coming back after just 6 weeks. He has a thick winter coat so I am looking forward to spring when he sheds out. So far so good- I recommend this product if you want to bring out the color and shine in your horse's coat.
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Viva La Grey! A SmartPak specialist recommended this formula to help my mare hold on to her Grey. The formula has definitely helped to bring the Grey out -very subtle but still beautiful! Thank you for the suggestion!
    Date published: 2016-11-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Palatable Just started my second month. My colt eats it without a problem, but a little too soon to see results.
    Date published: 2016-11-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My black horse has dapples! I've been using this product now for three months. His winter coat was coming in, which is typically darker anyway. I clipped him a few days ago, and have been AMAZED at the shine he has. He is jet black...and has DAPPLES! I love this product. I will be sure to keep using.
    Date published: 2016-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from "He doesn't look clipped" I first put my horse on this supplement for the summer to help keep him from bleaching out. It worked great! Then when I clipped him for the Fall I was amazed that he kept his shine. My trainer even said "He doesn't look clipped", until you felt his coat.
    Date published: 2016-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supercalifragilistic... Supplement I love this supplement! When I got my QH mare a year and a half ago, she was a gorgeous midnight black color, and then she got so sun bleached, she could have been a buckskin! I used this for a month and I didn't really notice a change, other than little black spots. After 3 months though, she is a gorgeous black color again! Other ladies at my barn have been using this as well and can already notice difference after a month! Love, love love!!!
    Date published: 2016-10-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps him dark and handsome I started my boy on this in August, his color darkened. He doesn't care for the taste at the recommended dose, but accepts a smaller dose. It seems to be working even at a small dose.
    Date published: 2016-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I'm impressed I converted to this from another product offered by a different company that frankly wasn't working, so I was skeptical. I am amazed that within 2 months of being on this product my Friesian has resisted fading in the persistent CA sun. Wow! Plus he loves the flavor and waits for me to sprinkle it on his pellets.
    Date published: 2016-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent.!!! I started my boy on this about 3 weeks ago, the change is nothing short of amazing. He was black when we bought him last year and faded terribly this summer. The dark slowly started "creeping" in over his rump and barrel. Now it's covered him almost completely at just 3 weeks, there is just a small area on his neck left to fill in. My boy looks like a black horse again!!! . He has been shedding out the old faded brown hair like crazy. I was worried about it being a powder and if he would like it, well he literally licks his feed bucket clean!!
    Date published: 2016-09-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It won't let me upload pictures but I've got good ones!
    Date published: 2016-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works fairly quickly, already a healthier coat! I purchased this two months ago for my rescue gelding who is a dark brown/black. I started feeding Dark and Handsome for his coat condition since as a rescue horse, it was pretty dry and gross. In the weeks after beginning to feed the supplement, his old coat shed off and he is looking softer, a little darker and not flaky! I will be keeping him on this supplement as we don't show at high enough levels to be drug tested.
    Date published: 2016-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works quickly! This product helped my horse get some color back, even though it's late in the year and he had faded terribly. I was embarrassed at our last show and people asked if that was my same horse. Next year, I'm feeding this April through September!
    Date published: 2016-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked Awesome! I bought this because my normally black as black Friesian mare, had become brown over the summer. I was skeptical to say the least. I decided I had nothing to lose but a twenty dollar bill. I have always been very happy with all my supplements and products from smartpak so what the hey. It was only one week and she had her beautiful black as night, shiny coat back!! So if you want your beauty back to black, then this is your product!
    Date published: 2016-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great results! SmartDark & Handsome brought out the shine & dapples in Leo's coat. I would recommend it for any dark bay/brown horse. Some reviews mentioned problems with getting the horse to eat this product. Leo has no problem eating anything--including a bute tablet--in his grain, so he's not the best judge of such things.
    Date published: 2016-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I bought this two months ago and it works great! My horse looks wonderful!
    Date published: 2016-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Results! We bought this to help our son's pony. He is a black paint, and when he got him, had a dry, coarse, mane and dull coat. We added this to the SmartPak with his Senior Ultra and have noticed a VAST improvement overall! He gets noticed everywhere they ride!
    Date published: 2016-07-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure yet Switched from Black as Knight to Smart Dark and Handsome. Not certain if it is working as well yet. I was told to give it at least two months for ingredients to build up in horse, but he was already on a coat darkener, so I don't think that a build up time was really needed, as I know the products are not identical, but are similar. I do think he is staying dark, but maybe not as dark as before.
    Date published: 2016-07-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Useless I've tried this before with little success, but had a horse on this for the last year, thought that keeping him on it through the winter might help. He is as bleached as ever.
    Date published: 2016-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap, easy, fast darkening supplement! I put my horse on smartdark and handsome after a rough winter left his tail ver very thin. He is a mostly black pinto who sunbleaches very bad in the summer. He gets turnout every day from about 10am-5pm in the Indiana sun. I noticed a change in his coat after a couple weeks. He no longer gets sunbleached (he is even body clipped) and has some amazing dapples!! It also helps his white legs from getting sunburnt. No fly sheet or anything. His tail is growing in thick and full, however it is taking forever to get long again. Overall, highly recommend this supplement! Great price and great results!
    Date published: 2016-07-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Taste She would barely touch her feed when put it in her feed. We ended up putting it in with her hay. To finish it off.
    Date published: 2016-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty coat Love this product makes my mare's coat so dark and shiny.
    Date published: 2016-05-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good!` I purchased this when the sunbleaching was getting out of hand for my colt, HE LOOKED BUCKSKIN. when he is in fact Seal brown (dark/black bay ect..) his hair was not only nasty in coloring but it felt thing, brittle and dry! he has been on this for a little over a month and seems to be holding his color just fine! the real test will be to see what he looks like after the texas summer but so far so good!
    Date published: 2016-05-24
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh My horse didn't eat it...he's normally not to picky, but this one was a no go
    Date published: 2016-05-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and handsome So far so good only feed one month but he is handsome
    Date published: 2016-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hallelujah! My black pony is black again!! I bought my first black horse this fall & I didn't know he would sun bleach as much as he did. I panicked. A bunch. I bought a fly sheet & started him on SmartDark & Handsome as soon as I could. I give it to him in his dinner & he doesn't mind the taste at all. I started him on it the middle of February when he was shedding out his coat. You cannot take them to shows when they are on this but I stop them on it 2 weeks before a show (just to be safe).
    Date published: 2016-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Shine and Healthy Coat! Use this product starting every Spring and my horse is gorgeous!
    Date published: 2016-05-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Moly! Even better than hoped for! I said I wouldn't give it another month before I came back to follow up on my originally review, but my mare has changed so fast, that's its nothing short of remarkable and I just had to share. I started her on the Smart Dark and Handsome on April 2nd. I started seeing changes 2 weeks in. Below are photos with dates to show you how fast this stuff works and just how incredible it is. No idea why it didn't work for other reviewers, but it definitely brought my Friesian back! If she looks this good only 30 days in, I can't wait to see the results in another 30 days!
    Date published: 2016-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from He loves it! His coat love better than ever! His mane and tail are looking good.
    Date published: 2016-05-07
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