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post #1 of 7 Old 10-28-2012, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Can bute make a horse 'hot'?

I know it is unlikely but the last 2 time my horse got limpy, i gave him bute. Helped the limping but he seemed very wound up afterwards. Of course it could be weather, it could be the fact it was very windy.. but wondered if the Bute could have made him 'hot'?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-28-2012, 05:43 PM
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Not that i know of. My mare was on bute for awhile, i could always tell when she had some extra pep in her step because she was feeling good...because she was getting a pain reliever.

Which is why sometimes it bad to bute because it can mask symptoms that could lead to a diagnosis, as well and injure the horse further because they feel good and dont know their limits.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-28-2012, 06:19 PM
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I would assume itd be the same as someone with an injury that takes a pain killer then feels like they can do anything like they are no longer hurting.
The pain is gone so he is feeling better. My lab hit a car and shattered his leg. They had him on a high dose lf pain killers but he felt so good because of them he kept trying tl run around on it so inturn he ended up needing tranquilizers as well to keep from further injuring himself.
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I do know that when Lacey is on really high doses of Bute (for ERU, she gets 2 grams/day during a flare up) she gets extra "nutty" in a way she does not get on other painkillers. She's not only more active, she's more just...loopy and silly - kinda like what one would associate with a "sloppy" drunk.
Like, she's generally very careful about her personal space, careful where she walks so she doesn't slip or fall, etc, but on bute, she could care less if she bumps into you, falls over, etc. Its just weirddd.

So I would agree with the previous posters and say that there's probably an element of "All pain is gone!! YAHOO!" but there's also the possibility that Bute does literally "mess with his mind" a bit.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-28-2012, 06:48 PM
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I really just think it's 'cause they feel good. Jester got bute every now and then before and he would get full of himself because he would feel good. Same with Rebel and Selena in the rare occasions they got it.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-29-2012, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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That was gonna be my guess too... but wondered if there was possibly more to it. Thanks!
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I had a horse get hot and prancy while riding after using bute for 2 days. Turns out the bute was flaring up old gastric ulcers and he was trying to cope with it. I now add an ulcer supplement to anything getting treated with bute. Ulc-R-Aid is a good one that is easy on the wallet and works great.
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