I don't use it pre-show. Random blood tests. But I also want to know if my horse is hurting. If your horse is sore, there is something wrong. The horse was worked too hard or something is weird here. If my horse is already sore and I give him some Bute, fine. But I wouldn't want to give it before they need it. Say, your horse is getting sore on the same leg every show. Something is wrong with that leg. But since you pre-medicated, you never see the small signs he's giving. He never looks sore, but he's still injuried. You don't see it until the problem is so large the Bute can no longer mask it.
^^ Not sure if that made sense.