Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I try to avoid Bute for all but the most intense pains, and even then, I'm pretty skeptical. I just get Equispirin [aspirin for horses]. I think too many people baby their horses and fill them with painkillers when in most cases, they CAN walk it off. I can't say the same for everyone, but I know when my horse really needs attention or can walk it off.
That being said, put him out, movement helps circulation helps healing. Just don't let him out with enough room and friends to freak out if you can. Cold hose for the first day, keep an eye on appetite, energy level, etc and make sure it doesn't change. Chances are he just tweaked it a bit and is sore. It could be swollen this morning by resting it all night and it stocked up.
Here's wishing a speedy recovery. =]
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