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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 294.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It definitely works!! I wish it came in pellet form, my horse just leaves it in his bucket unless I spray the grain so it sticks to the pellets! My other horses love it!! Lol but they don’t need it!
    Date published: 2018-01-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good! My horse loves this and cleans it up readily out of his bucket. It is winter, and I notice a softer, shiny winter coat with less static, his hoof grow out is looking great, and I will update this review in the spring to see if his black coat remains (vs orangish fade) in the desert sun.
    Date published: 2017-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing product! I am so happy with this product! Not only were the results quick (within a month), but he hasn't had rainrot since. I have an Arabian gelding, and his coat looks so beautiful, and I am so glad that I haven't had to deal with rainrot. The photo shows before (top) and after (bottom) two months of smartdark & handsome
    Date published: 2017-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best product ever for a black coat Best product for a back coat!! Just remember to remove from feed a week before showing
    Date published: 2017-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable results Other riders stopped me and told me how great my horse looked. The asked what I was using and plan to order ASAP and this was after one month.
    Date published: 2017-10-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good stuff, But Mare Dislikes It I bought this as a replacement for my ususal darkening supplement, and it worked great, but after a while my mare would let the last of her grain and the Dark & Handsome in the bottom of her feed pan. She just does not like it's taste, or possible it's texture. Don't understand why, as she will lick the pan when given the "other" brand and the ingredients are pretty similar.
    Date published: 2017-10-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing results I bought this over a month ago for my dark bay and his coat has never looked darker and shinier! I love hearing the compliments he gets, "He is so handsome!" SmartDark & Handsome is the perfect name for your wonderful product!
    Date published: 2017-09-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! My gelding had faded from black to a very light brown, with patchy coloring throughout his body. I assume sun and possibly flyspray helped with the bleaching of his coat. I was desperate to get his coloring back to the rich dark color he once was. I started him on Dark and Handsome and within less than a month his bleaching was barely noticeable. I was and still am shocked at the amazing results. I would highly recommend this supplement, it is a miracle supplement.
    Date published: 2017-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! Only on month 2 but I love the changes I'm seeing in my black mates coat.
    Date published: 2017-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast results I started my black pony on this supplement about 4 months ago and he was so sun bleached he looked brown. He loves the taste, but he is definitely not a picky eater. I started seeing his black color coming back gradually after only a couple weeks. He is now completely black even with daily exposure to the sun. I definitely recommend this!
    Date published: 2017-08-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Difference Seen in Coat I started my mare on this supplement before she had bleached out for the summer. She is dark bay, or was rather. She bleached out like normal. No difference than when she was not on this supplement.
    Date published: 2017-07-30
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from My horse hated the smell Since my horse never ingested the supplement, I can't attest to it's worthiness of claim. What I can tell you is my horse absolutely refused to touch it, and he isn't a picky eater. He gobbles up all the other supplements, but this one smelled awful.
    Date published: 2017-07-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark Bay in Summer Sun Still need fly sheet, but our beautiful very dark bay is much darker this year. Last summer he bleached out!
    Date published: 2017-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked Fast!! I only used this for 1 month because my boy needed another supplement more than this one (trying to stay on budget). I noticed a difference within about a week. He stopped shedding (finally in June) and his coat was getting darker and very shiny. I will definitely consider using this again and recommend it.
    Date published: 2017-07-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not keep my Friesian Black. Every year about June my Friesian gelding will start to fade, so I started this product well ahead of time. I keep him out of the sun 9-5, rinse off sweat, and keep a fly sheet on him. I was hoping this product would make a difference. Unfortunately it did not. Smartpak was kind to give me a partial refund. He is nice & shiny however.
    Date published: 2017-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works I did put my colt on this a month a go Cree is,a,Grulla but he changes in early spring he is almost black then goes the lovely gray and then more buckskin Being on this,product he is holding more of the dark gray so am very happy
    Date published: 2017-06-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Tried... Sorry I say but my picky gelding would not eat this product mo matter how I tried to present it to him
    Date published: 2017-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great results, horses enjoy the taste. I have been using this product for over three months now. Helped with hair growth and his mane is longer than ever! I didn't notice the difference in his coat until our first show. The gypsy's black was so black other owners were wondering what l had done. He is 3/4 outdoor and not blanketed during the summer but his black stayed dark! Cheaper in price than other products but seems to work well on a longer timeline.
    Date published: 2017-06-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cleveland Bay's summer coat is gorgeous Have only been using this four weeks, and his color is just spectacular. Showed at Upperville a few days ago, and everyone was raving about the deep color and how fantastically healthy his coat looks.
    Date published: 2017-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've been using this for about 6 weeks, and I can see how my horse's dark color has been enhanced.
    Date published: 2017-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supplements I bought this for my palomino who had bad skin condition wire hair after 30 days soft incredible golden palomino
    Date published: 2017-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! Started my horse on this a few months before competition and I loved it. It was in October so I'm not sure how much of it was a new coat growing in and how much was this supplement but I would definitely use it again.
    Date published: 2017-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEAUTIFUL COAT I started using this product two months ago and my dark bay gelding started to shed his winter coat this past month and the difference in his coat was wonderful. He's dark and extremely shiny. I've always had a difficult time with his shine and this product made the difference I wanted! I'm hoping this product will maintain his color for the rest of summer along with his stall:) The only thing I don't like is that I have to soak his feed in order for him to eat all of the powder. He often picks it out if not.
    Date published: 2017-04-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Black pony colour returning I am happy with the results of this priduct so far. Imposdible to keep my large back pony black in the glorida sun. With this supplement alone his coat is staying much darker
    Date published: 2017-03-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great price Just started feeding my horses this product for the upcoming season. One loves it, one won't touch it without applesauce.
    Date published: 2017-03-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from No effect on coat, but smells good to horse Unfortunately, my black and white pinto did not respond to daily addition of this product to his diet. He loved the smell and taste though. SmartPak refunded my money and I am trying a different coat supplement next cycle.
    Date published: 2017-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy pre-measured paks are great! I have only been using for a little over a month but can already see a difference in my horses coat.
    Date published: 2017-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works very well! I've had my chestnut gelding on SmartDark for over a year now. He's not a picky eater, and also gets another supplement that it can stick to, so eats it right up. Initial results take a while, so be patient! My boy's mane and tail are darker, and there are liver chestnut tones coming through. I DO keep him completely covered in a fly sheet from spring-fall, and/or turn him out at night to keep him away from saving sun rays.
    Date published: 2017-01-14
    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
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