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post #11 of 19 Old 07-20-2012, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
I believe it's illegal to show a horse while using bute. I know all the shows I attend, you cannot use it, not sure of what association you show under.
It's a local show with a local club.. so I'm not sure.. but I did read about that once.

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post #12 of 19 Old 07-20-2012, 11:48 PM
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It's a pain killer with anti inflammatory properties.

As with all medicine, better to use a little sparingly than a lot. But there are exceptions to that rule.
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post #13 of 19 Old 07-21-2012, 01:13 AM
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if youre uncomfortabe with this decision and you think riding would do more harm than good for him then dont ride. its your horse and your decision better safe than sorry.

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post #14 of 19 Old 07-21-2012, 01:36 AM
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I would under no circumstances be riding the horse in a show if he has to be buted to appear sound. That is just disgusting.

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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.)
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post #16 of 19 Old 07-21-2012, 03:51 AM
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I should add bute is not a pain killer but an anti-inflammatory. It doesn't mask pain, it helps relieve it, like ibuprofen in humans.

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post #17 of 19 Old 07-29-2012, 02:04 AM
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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.

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post #18 of 19 Old 07-29-2012, 02:21 AM
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Okay it is a NSAIDS, takes the pain away. It has many bad side effects from liver to kidney damage among others. I feel it's just common sense to address what is causing the issue first.

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post #19 of 19 Old 07-29-2012, 04:45 AM
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Personally, if I had to bute a horse to ride it, I just wouldn't do it. It in no way cures, it is only hiding the pain.

I would be having the vet out. If whatever is ailing the horse can be corrected, then work on that. If if it can't then retire the horse.
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