Just to be clear, this is the same horse that had a problem at a clinic last weekend, right? If he truly has a stifle injury, I'm not sure how a farrier's opinion is going to carry much weight. I would much rather have the opinion of a vet. (Not to knock farriers, I know several great ones.) Posted via Mobile Device
Jore I would follow your feelings and have a vet look at his leg. Bute is a pain killer and good for appropriate reasons. I've seen it over used and good horses are lost just for the sake of getting through another show until the real issue becomes to late to fix.