Originally Posted by Viranh
If he's gotten that obviously stiff from lack of exercise, it would be kinder to bute him before and after until he's in better condition. That's pretty common practice for an older guy like yours. Have you considered more aggressive treatments for his arthritis? Legends, Adequan, or the similar generic drugs pentosan and polyglycan are supposed to be pretty good.
If he is not warming up out of the stiffness, he needs additional treatment before he can really be ridden. At least a pain medication.
I have been interning at a vet clinic for quite some time now, so I just thought I would weigh in on this comment. I don't want to come across as rude or negative, however I wouldn't recommend giving bute before AND after a ride, especially if you ride a lot. Bute is actually really hard on a horses stomach and should be given in moderation. I know that around here prevacox is really popular - it is an anti-inflammatory (like bute is), but it isn't as hard on their stomach.
Glad to hear your horse is doing better! :)