First, you tell us that he needs help from a double to straighten him. The double bridle lets me focus on getting him and me in the right position. I can push him forward more and therefore he can move more correctly. We tell you a double can't do that, it's for refinement. Getting him to move more correctly is refinement. Then you tell us he's a schoolmaster and that it is for refinement. There you go. We ask why a schoolmaster can't go straight in a snaffle, (he can..and does...it's just harder for me to get him there) and you tell us he's had the training, (he does) but he's an older boy who needs the double to help him get the right muscles to achieve the movements again in the snaffle. (we can do all the same movements in the snaffle...just refining them...and by doing that working on more strengthing of correct muscles) We tell you again that the double can't fix body issues, and say that if he's an older lad finding it hard (He isn't finding it hard...actually doing quite well.) why don't you take it easy on him, and give him an easier life with a bit of bute if needed. Then you tell us you bute him already when he's sore. (My point being that yes he is an older horse and there is nothing wrong with giving a horse bute when they show any signs of soreness...to an extent. If he needed it on a regular base to keep going then yes there is an issue. If he gets in on the rare occasion he is sore...not a big deal.) We look at each other and shake our heads, wondering why the hell an older horse, who finds showing stressful (really? I have said that he is getting better about it. Of course he is going to find it stressful at first...as do I.) and has obviously achieved these movements when younger but is now finding basic straightness (basic straightness...not really sure how you define that. But really he doesn't find basic straightness an issue...when going along and asking for First Level movements he is fine. Asking for a medium canter however he can throw his haunches to the inside. However we have fixed that.) difficult and is occasionally needing bute after a hard ride(something I never give to a horse I intend to ride, if they need bute to work they shouldn't be working in my opinion, light hacking at absolute maximum) (we obviously differ in our opinions on bute see below) is being put under the pressure of a double bridle!
And you wonder why I accuse you of contradicting yourself.
So I take it to understand you saying that any horse that needs bute ever should not be ridden except in a light hack? If I'm wrong, sorry. But that's what I read.
But I agree with Dr Black, former president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
"Dr. Black has found that bute can be especially helpful for the kind of horse he affectionately calls “the old campaigner,” who might have minor aches and pains that might be associated with such conditions as arthritis.
We need those seasoned horses in the industry, there’s no question about that,” he says. “They’re the horses that teach our amateurs and youth kids how to ride. I’m 58 years old and often have to have a little Advil in order to comfortably ride my cutting horses.
“With a standard bute dose, you’re not supplying enough analgesic to make a horse that’s really hurting – or injured –sound,” he continues. “But you are providing a therapeutic level for any minor soreness they might have and helping them to perform pain-free. Non steroidal medications, like bute or Banamine, can be very therapeutic in those cases. They help our horses, and that’s important to all of us.”
Now what's wrong with that? Also keeping in mind that again my horse doesn't need a regular dose of bute to keep on going...just every now and again to be comfortable.
And also...sometimes across the internet just through a forum..and even in real life face-to-face...sometimes someone will say something...meaning one thing yet another person will take that as meaning something completely different. They both understand and aim for the same thing yet there is too much mis-communication. Terminology and personal definitions can mess things up. Most people understand this....