Originally Posted by Annnie31
Perhaps you need to tell us the whole story? You have owned the horse for 2 months and you started him on bute (barn owner and vets advice) because he fell and banged his knee on a Saturday and after a couple of days he showed no signs of lameness or swelling. You continued the bute and rode him once on the trails for 40 minutes. He did not limp when you rode him.
If you have owned him for two months and you think he has been buted all along to hide issues you were not told about you need to have a talk with the barn owner. If he hasnt been buted other than when you say simply stop giving the bute, have the vet out and discuss your concerns with him about continuing bute and even if he says it is okay, agree to disagree with him and tell the person whom is feeding to discontinue Bute and call in another vet for a second opinion.
Bottom line is..he is your horse and it is YOUR decision. If you have purchased a horse with problems because you are new to horses and have been taken advantage of you will need another vet to confirm your suspicions and back you up. Maybe a new vet will even talk to the barn owner if he finds something chronic. Maybe you are worried about nothing, maybe not, but you need to follow your gut.
I have never given my horse bute. She saw he was in pain and told her workers to give it to him. She knows that I am new to horses and took into her own hands to make decisions for him. After I found out that he had been buted, I contacted her to see what was going on. She was worried about him, but seemed confident that he just needed rest. Less than a week later, he's back to himself. I asked if the bute would be discontinued and she said, "no, I still want him to have a little bit." I asked if he had an underlying issue that she was concerned about and she said, "no, he's fine". It doesn't add up. If the horse is fine, why give him a small daily dose of bute? She said that I could ride, but to be careful and keep a close eye on him.
The vet has never told me anything. He came out to give all the horses vaccines, three days after the hard ride and banged knee incident. She told me that the vet took a look at his leg ( I wasn't there at this point) and that the swelling had gone away. Every day he continued to seem better and better.
Why bute? I will have to get to the bottom of this by having an independent vet come out this week. There is so much politics involved with me bringing another vet on the property that I will pay for it somehow. I'll either be asked to leave the ranch or it will no longer be pleasant for me to be there. I should have listened to my husband and leased for a longer time. I just HAD to have him and now here we are. :(