Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Exactly. .5-1gram of bute is like popping two advil.
I don't know about you guys, but when I seriously injure myself, I skip the advil and go right to the good stuff. Advil is barely enough to take the sting out of getting your BRACES tightened.
.5-1gram of bute 12 HOURS BEFORE THE COMPETITION won't make a lame horse sound. I even doubt that they'll make a lame horse even slightly less lame. It will, however, take away minor aches and stiffness, which all animals get occasionally regardless of conditioning, and what's done to prevent them.
The way I see it, this level of bute isn't enough to allow a horse who could not compete without them sound enough to compete.
In other words, this level of bute won't determine which horses compete or not. If a horse can't compete without bute, taking .5 grams won't change that.
What .5 grams WILL change is the %2 more comfort they'll get from taking an 'advil equivalent'.
By the way, for the reccord, after a long, hard show day my barn gives all the horses a little bit of bute, we cold hose, we poultice and we wrap their legs.
Show days are 'harder than average' days for the horses (we don't jump a lot at home considering we don't want to overjump them), sometimes the footing is questionable, they've been on a long trailer ride and standing around all day.
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