Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
upnover, I am happy your guy is doing so great. I did not mean any arthritic/older horse should not compete. And yes, as I said in my original post, if it is just a little stiffness, fine. I agreed that bute is great when used for mild stiffness and other mild issueslike sore muscles after a hard workout and stress from trailering and puplic stalling in tiny stalls it is like an athlete taking an advil. I specifically meant horses that cannot compete in relative comfort without being drugged should not be competing at all, at least until they are sound. But as many horses are competing well into their 20's today, by the time they do finally show the wear and tear to their joints, it is time to retire them anyway rather than drugging them up to be able to force them to compete for a few more years till they have nothing left in them.
I believe that there are many many cases in which the horse would benifit from a mild anti- inflammatory, and I am happy for those horses with bute being legalized, now they can have a much more comfortable time competing and compete to their fullest without the pain and stiffness inherent with long multi day upper level shows.
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