I was at the barn today spending time with my poor gelding who is on stall rest right now healing a minor injury to his leg (got kicked). I was talking to the BM about how I was itching to ride as it's been almost a week since the vet put him on stall rest. She started saying I should "just ride him. He'll be fine. Just ride 'em and bute 'em." I haven't been riding him because he's obviously in pain. He has a ginormous limp.
She went on to tell me that one of her horses is basically unrideable but she rides him when she feels like and just butes him after.
I mean, I'd rather just let him finish healing than possibly prolong his healing time by not letting him rest it. I guess my question is (Disclaimer: I am NOT going to ride him until the vet okays it and he is fully healed) would doing this potentially harm a horse in the long run? Is it even healthy to give a horse bute on a regular basis?