What can you tell me about "buting" long term?
I have a situation. I recently posted about how I had "accidentally overworked my horse." He fell running uphill and banged his knee. It was swollen and warm for a few days. The vet came out on Tuesday (injury was Saturday) to do shots and also checked out his knee. He reported that the swelling was gone and no longer warm. Yesterday, I planned to hand walk him around the ranch, but the ranch owner/my trainer told me to saddle him and we went very slowly on the trail for about 40 minutes. He tripped a few times, but did not limp at all.
The ranch owner is going out of town for 2 weeks starting Monday and she wants to keep him buted twice a day for the entire time she is gone. By the time she gets back, he will have been taking it for 3 weeks. I've heard that this is not safe. What do you think?
Also, my horse was totally zombie like yesterday. Does bute make them act this way or was it from the shots? This is all so new to me and I just don't know what is considered normal. Obviously, zombie horses are not normal, so something is definitely going on. I have no problem not riding for all the time it takes him to heal. I was told to ride and assumed it was ok. Now, I am second guessing if he should be ridden, if he needs to be on pain meds for so long. Any help or opinions are greatly appreciated.