I bought a 15 year old 16.2hh Tennessee Walking Horse/Quater Horse cross a few months ago and she has a really REALLY bad limp when I ride her, so I stopped riding her obviously and I don't want her to be just a 'pasture pet' and won't sell her [i love her :)]. I really think its arthritis, and that's what my farrier says it probably is, so I'm having the vet out. My farrier, whom a friend has used for 30+ years, recommends just giving her some bute [idk how to spell it, but its an equine pain med..] and then riding her. I don't wanna do that, bcuz I don't want it to prematurely wear off and her to be in pain. Suggestions?
Oh, and if you think it may be something other than arthritis, please suggest.