Spring has sprung and competition season is here! After a long day of practice at the barn, you might not think much about coming home and taking a few ibuprofen. If your equine partner is also moving slow, you might be tempted to toss him some bute or another Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID).
If you are competing anytime soon, hold that thought! Different horse show associations have different rules and regulations regarding acceptable substances your horse can have around competitions.
Lets first talk about NSAID’s and why you might feed them to your horses. The most obvious reason is that your horse is suffering form pain or inflammation. After a long hard ride or the accidental kick from a pasture mate are good reasons to give your horse a little relief form the pain. Just like humans, too much usage can cause problems. In horses, continued use of NSAIDS can cause digestive issues and ulcers.
While NSAIDS can help with occasional soreness and inflammation, another issue with feeding long term is that they will continue to mask symptoms but not actually heal or fix them.
In addition to masking problems, not all show associations allow use of NSAIDS during competitions. If you regularly feed NSAIDS for pain or inflammation, make sure to read your rule books and know your regulations.
If this information has you worried, relax! There is good news! There are safe and more natural ways to help a horse with pain and inflammation.
Precision Joint Solution has FEI approved ingredients that have been proven to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. These ingredients are legal for daily use in all show associations we have tested for. To learn more about prohibited substances, check out the FEI prohibited substance list, click here!