Originally Posted by wild_spot
Bute won't improve vision one bit.
I had a pony who bowed both front tendons - A few weeks after he did it, while on bute he was moving around like a normal, sound pony. It can and does mask lameness.
I've mentioned SEVERAL times in this thread that I personally know a horse who was mildly lame - Was buted to compete at a national comp, and as a consequence was injured enough to become unride-able.
Yes, but was the pony doing an FEI dressasge test?? No. In fact I bet if you hopped on him and rode him for 10 minutes, he would look lame. And I'm also sure he was on a lot more than 1 gram, 24 hours before that.
This is not about buting lame horses for an FEI competition - as I've stated before anyone with an FEI horse worth hundreds of thousands of dollars is not going to be stupid enough to bute it for one show. This is about buting as a preventative because the horses are placed under higher stresses at a show, especially an international CDI!!!
At a CDI from a 3* up, they also do a "jog". If there is an inkling that the horse might be just a little off, then it's out. Buting is not going to cover up anything beyond a little bit of stiff/sore from the extra stresses placed on them. They will catch any true lamenesses in the jog and the horse will not be allowed to compete. FEI veterinarians are very highy trained and can catch a lameness nearly instantly, whether it has been buted or not, ESPECIALLY at such a low dose of bute!