Originally Posted by lacyloo
I have a question...Im not singling anyone out but a few people said something along the lines of this "I bute while competing so my horse doesn't get sore"... Shouldn't the horse be well conditioned and fit for the show?Isn't that what lessons are for? Bute is a drug
but it seems like people forget that and treat it like a supplement .If your horse gets lame or stiff after a show,maybe he needs a better workout.
On the other hand,I'm appalled that people would actually compete with a lame horse but cover the lameness with bute.Makes you wonder if people truly care about their horse or just winning another trophey... Missing ONE show isn't going to kill you.
This is something else I saw, buteing because the horse already has lameness issues like arthritis. IMHO horses like that don't need to be competing.Sure the horse might "appear" fine but think about the damage its doing to them.
Yes, they should be well conditioned. The majority of us who are for legalization do not wish to use it for horses who become sore after running a cross country course, or whatnot. But, rather for an older horse who gets a bit stiff in the small show stalls. Also just long trailer rides out to shows can make them a bit sore and tired from working to keep their balance the whole time. These are things we cannot avoid and certainly aren't severe enough to keep us from competing.
We should not be competing a horse that's lame from arthritis - right. But most horses aren't lame from arthritis. They can be on joint supplements to manage it, they are still totally capable competition partners. As a rider you should be well aware of the point in time when your horse tells you he doesn't want to play anymore, due to whatever reason - joints, age, etc. Until then, management is what it's about - most serious competition would absolutely hate it if they were just turned out in a field for retirement... they love to work that much. We also should NOT be masking lamenesses with it (navicular) just to go into the show ring.
I TOTALLY agree with you - bute is a NSAID drug. Many people do treat is as a supplement - they should be ashamed. There are complications that can arise from using it too regularly such as stomach ulcers. I, for one, do not use it unless the vet tells me to. I've never used it on a horse at a show. But, I'm not opposed to the idea for reasons I mentioned, and like having the option of using a gram IF I ever were to need it.