Had a long hard ride today for a competition. My boy is usually the first in from the field for dinner, but today he was almost last, moving slow from the ride.
Several people at the barn suggested giving him some bute to help him feel better. They compared it to us taking an Aspirin after a hard day in the saddle.
I don't really know anything about bute, except that you need a prescription to get it. But of course many people have it sitting around in their tack boxes and were happy to offer it.
What are your thoughts on this? Obviously it's not going to be something I give him routinely - I've read about the dangers of doing that. But is it okay to give after an unusually difficult ride? Or is there a better alternative for sore muscles?
Tomorrow he gets the day off!!