You and your trainer are buting this horse up to make him rideable...? That isn't care of a horse..that is trying to squeeze every last ounce out. IF my horse ever had to be buted, he would be in a paddock or a box and brought into correct, light work once he was off it.
Maybe others have different opinions but if my horse isn't sound to ride I won't drug him for it.
Also because he was 8 when he started work is regardless..Doey was started at three and still going..if you take care of the horse you will get longevity from it. Older horses require a lot more long and low work. They need longer to warm up and longer break phases in the ride. If your horse is sore after you have ridden something is going wrong.
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