Well as I'm sure some of you are aware my boy Jesper was diagnosed with collateral ligament damage some time ago. He's been intermittently lame for the past month and the vet is coming out Friday to discuss options. I'm thinking about putting him on bute so I can hack him. He's only 1/10th lame in the school and not lame out hacking but does shorten his stride and I'm not entirely certain he's always comfortable. I want to be able to stretch his legs in the school in the evening and hack with him being comfortable. I can't hack during the week as I work full time.
In my position what would you do? Retire him? (He can't/wont' live out, won't go out with other horses, and is a 10yr old TB). Put him on a low but regular dose of bute? Turn him away for six months? Other options?
I'd like to hear from others because I'm trying to work out all the things I want to discuss with the vet. Would you put a 10yr old on bute or is that too young? What questions would you want answered by the vet? Help, suggestions, ideas welcome!