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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
IMO giving bute isn't ever a great option before working a horse, because it deadens the animal to the pain and may cause it to do more damage because it isn't being careful. If he's already arthritic enough to be hurting when he drives, I'd look into starting him on an oral artheritis supplement and wait for that to make him more comfortable before asking him to work again. Activitiy is fantastic for arthritic horses and slows the progess if it is done in moderation and with proper warming up/cooling down, but working while hurting is no good for him. There will come a point when the oral supplement won't be enough, but cross that bridge when it comes. There are many different options for arthritic horses these days including shots.
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