I want to ask why the "alternative" to bute? Bute is a pain killer. Is there a reason your horse was on it alot?
Sorry for the weird wording. But i'm not looking for an alternative towards bute. I'm looking for an alternative from expensive probiotics. He was on bute because the owner who had him didn't know a lot about horses and there was an accident that ended up with a bad cut on his front leg and an area around the heart girth. I'm guessing the owner didn't know the bad affects of bute on horses and kept him on it for a long time. The vet notes I have show the vet telling her to stop the bute due to ulcers.
what is your horses diet now? How often does this happen?? How old and what type of work does your horse do ??
I've had him for about four years now and he has always had the issue (He will be 18 this May). Most of the time it seems to be a pattern to what the weather is and it gets worse when the weather starts to turn pretty bad (like snowy and icy). It dosen't matter if he is inside or outside during weird weather, he will still do it. I've found he expecially does it when I don't visit him in my normal routine. Though he will randomly do it for a couple of days, then he is fine... which has always confused me. But I figure its just his way of stressing out over things.
We've done everything from changing his feed, to adding suppliments, checking his teeth, to even weird stuff like giving him a bigger bucket for water. But he still does it.
Another horse at my barn has the same issue, and my horse and him seem to be doing the 'squirts' at similar times. But there are days where one does it very bad and the other is perfectly clean. Its just a strange thing that he has always had.
His current diet which has pretty much stayed the same other then the experiment stuff when I very first got him is 2 flakes of grass hay in the morning, 2-3 at night along with a measured scoop of Purina strategy along with his cup of CX2 Wormer that he is on now. When I first got him he was on some stuff called Trifecta. I pulled him off of it because I didn't see a change in how he moved or anything and I think it was just for him being sore from being barefooted that the previous owner had going on (with him hardly being groomed along with a muddy pasture where he was, he got bad thrush and she decided to pull his shoes and go barefoot). But since I got him I ride him almost every other day, and we trailer to places where the trail is gravel, so I put shoes on him and he's been fine ever since (so I saw no reason why he should be on something that he didn't need so much of).