Take Away The Pain

What concerns do you have about short- and long-term pain management in horses?
(Check all that apply)

Side effects, such as ulcers
Effectiveness (or lack thereof)
Positive drug tests

Total votes cast: 1919

Comments & Write-in Answers

we had a horse that might have needed it but then we had to just give him back due to them money :-(

5/5/2008 4:41:09 PM

masking the symptoms and not addressing the cause.

5/5/2008 1:46:31 PM

Does my horase really need it? How will it help my horse top heal?

5/5/2008 1:09:47 PM

Is Leg pain the worst

5/5/2008 8:08:36 AM

With poor mnagmnt of pain in humans, can we be sure our horses are the best pain relief available?

5/4/2008 11:20:01 PM

Masking pain for strenuous athletic endeavors is a dangerous thing to do.

5/4/2008 4:51:56 PM

Should I give my paint horse bute for shoe boil?

5/4/2008 1:53:39 PM

What's best besides Bute. Also give a natural pain killer for arthritis every other day.

5/4/2008 10:13:31 AM

cure for colic

5/3/2008 2:32:06 PM

i'm looking for the best pain relief with the least side effects.

5/3/2008 10:01:20 AM

Why are alternative natural analgesics more commomly used?

5/3/2008 6:38:43 AM

administration of pain meds

5/2/2008 9:48:29 PM

Alternatives to products that may cause ulcers

5/2/2008 8:30:13 PM

Is there a better way to regulate supplements?

5/2/2008 1:55:28 PM

Knock on wood...I've been very fortunate to not to use it often at all; therefore, I have none.

5/2/2008 10:33:44 AM

my friends horse has arthritis and is permenantly on Bute. She still rides her.is that ok?

5/2/2008 10:30:02 AM

safe use in pregnant mares and use in foals with pain management issues

5/2/2008 1:12:27 AM

I don't want a bunch of drug-addict horses

5/2/2008 12:52:36 AM


5/2/2008 12:11:49 AM

Is there a drug to help with possible nervedamge & inflammation for horses?

5/1/2008 11:39:00 PM

safe procedures while awaiting vet

5/1/2008 10:11:48 PM

drug reactions are a concern, too

5/1/2008 7:09:55 PM

Is there anything that can be used during AQHA competition that won't ruin the horse's health.

5/1/2008 6:28:34 PM

seems crazy to dull pain in one area only to create it in the stomach!

5/1/2008 4:21:58 PM

Other-Am I doing what is best for the horse?

5/1/2008 3:38:12 PM

none, horses don't feel pain, unless i give it to em

5/1/2008 3:18:42 PM

Over long-term pain management, how do you know it is still effective or needed?

5/1/2008 10:57:19 AM

Increasing injury by masking pain, continuing the causitive activity. Treating symptom, not cause.

5/1/2008 10:36:44 AM

- if they can't feel the pain they can get WORSE injuries...care is needed with pain meds

5/1/2008 7:23:37 AM

side effect, such as skin lesion, thrombophebitis

5/1/2008 6:40:21 AM

Are pain meds being used to mask performance and training issues that should be addressed first?

5/1/2008 3:23:59 AM

damages to the horse due to lack of sensing ...

5/1/2008 1:55:21 AM

Why can't this medicine be buffered like it is for humans?

4/30/2008 11:18:46 PM

Quality of life.

4/30/2008 8:01:24 PM

What about the concern when pain management is not what's best for the horse?

4/30/2008 7:56:33 PM

Can natural remedies work sufficiently without the side effects?

4/30/2008 7:25:57 PM

That bute given regularly is very hard on the stomach.

4/30/2008 5:37:02 PM

My biggest concern tends to be the reasons that an animal needs long-term pain management.

4/30/2008 3:54:50 PM

Does managing pain increase the likeliness of reinjury or exacerbating the existing injury?

4/30/2008 3:35:26 PM

Managing pain but masking the real problem

4/30/2008 3:31:42 PM

Should it be administered an hour before performance or after?

4/30/2008 3:02:37 PM

Preventing ulcers in miniature horses on bute

4/30/2008 2:58:04 PM


4/30/2008 2:42:50 PM

When will affordable COX-2 inhibitors be available in the U.S.?

4/30/2008 12:55:20 PM

Always keep bute and banamine in tack room.

4/30/2008 11:45:41 AM

My boy got "hooked" on ACE on 30 days of stall rest.

4/30/2008 11:08:05 AM

stiffness before & after excercise treatment

4/30/2008 10:03:22 AM


4/30/2008 9:50:34 AM

In too many cases, pain management treats the SYMPTOM, not the cause.

4/30/2008 9:40:04 AM

The damage to the digestive system with prolonged use.

4/30/2008 9:35:15 AM

What do people use besides bute for pain mgmt not joint related. I use devils claw.

4/30/2008 9:19:30 AM

I don't know what is healthy for long term management

4/30/2008 9:17:43 AM

allows continued movement w/pain meds allows further damage-get vet diagnosis before givi pain meds

4/30/2008 8:56:53 AM

Bute kills. That's why it was taken off the market for humans.

4/30/2008 8:49:07 AM

For chronic issues, there doesn't seem to be a treatment that provides truly effective relief

4/30/2008 7:57:06 AM

It doesn't seem like there are really good, effective long term pain relief solutions yet!

4/30/2008 7:37:20 AM

How to know what pain medications to use for different types of pain such as arthritis vs. other

4/30/2008 7:03:29 AM

I don't use for long, I want the horse to know it has pain so as not to reinjure.

4/30/2008 6:40:28 AM

we need a positive list (by days) and sideeffects warning in short

4/30/2008 6:03:15 AM

I question if pain is in relation to an injury, if masking the pain would result in further injury?

4/30/2008 1:09:31 AM

what's the best way to counteract adverse effects of log term bute for arthritis?

4/30/2008 12:45:20 AM

They need to reformulate Bute to include buffering against ulcers

4/30/2008 12:22:04 AM

quality of life

4/30/2008 12:11:57 AM

worried about pain mamagement in pregnant mares.

4/29/2008 11:50:37 PM

osselets treatment

4/29/2008 11:17:19 PM

Possiblity of damaging side effects from the long term use of antinflamitory drugs...kidney problems

4/29/2008 10:48:08 PM

What pain relief is safe for pregnant mares?

4/29/2008 10:31:40 PM

We have NO concerns in this, as we own Sumerel Therapy,which naturally and effectively relieves pain

4/29/2008 10:20:52 PM

What product is the best for simple, long-term usage?

4/29/2008 10:04:59 PM

liver damage

4/29/2008 9:55:51 PM

availability, cost of dosages,

4/29/2008 9:53:43 PM

bute long term too common

4/29/2008 9:47:33 PM

I worry that the pain mgmt drugs still in their system when they're processed for food.

4/29/2008 9:41:12 PM

With uveitis one is stuck giving pain meds!

4/29/2008 9:28:37 PM

Pain is a healing response, always worried about taking too much pain away , poss causingmore damag

4/29/2008 9:19:14 PM

why dont horse owners use natural herbal pain killers instead of using bute

4/29/2008 9:14:04 PM

Need long-term pain control with minimal side-effects.

4/29/2008 9:11:43 PM

Reducing pain is important but masking it does little to determine causes and preventing recurrence.

4/29/2008 8:23:21 PM

When pain is relieved, horse may move around more causing more damage.

4/29/2008 8:21:57 PM

masking real problems, exacerbating concerns.

4/29/2008 8:04:23 PM

Other: the concern that many horses are horrible patients and can be dangerous to treat.

4/29/2008 7:45:21 PM

We are in need of more choices for affordable equine pain management

4/29/2008 7:43:36 PM

pain support for the geriatric horse is a large concern, especially reproductive mares that

4/29/2008 7:34:40 PM


4/29/2008 6:51:37 PM

Overall effect on horse and expense.

4/29/2008 6:41:22 PM

are we just treating symptoms, what's really going on to cause the pain?

4/29/2008 6:36:56 PM

1. IR horse medications restrictions 2. Effectiveness 3. Side Effects

4/29/2008 6:31:39 PM

How do you know how if you can stop using drugs

4/29/2008 5:59:19 PM

Layperson's recognizing signs of pain in particularly stoic horses

4/29/2008 5:50:32 PM

On pain meds my mare ran in the field and re-injured her tendon--because she didn't feel the injury?

4/29/2008 5:49:18 PM

I am using Duralactin for arthritis on one of my horses. Does it really work to alleiviate the pain

4/29/2008 5:48:30 PM

safety of 1 gram of bute a day for maintenance

4/29/2008 5:42:30 PM

Isn't there an alternative to bute?

4/29/2008 5:36:50 PM


4/29/2008 5:33:55 PM

What pain relievers can be given to a horse that can't have bute or Banamine due to colonic ulcers?

4/29/2008 5:32:58 PM

masking symptoms

4/29/2008 5:31:02 PM

How often and how much Butte can you safely give a 1200 pound horse?

4/29/2008 5:28:56 PM

We use non-drug methods like ice and massage when possible.

4/29/2008 5:26:43 PM

My horse goes to physical therapy for a torn ligament, should I treat him afterwards?

4/29/2008 5:14:56 PM

Having a horse in a condition where he needs pain management.

4/29/2008 5:11:29 PM

drug tolerance and bute ruining the stomach lining

4/29/2008 4:52:27 PM

what are the best natural pain meds for horses that are in very light work/semi retired?

4/29/2008 4:45:45 PM

How do you know if pain meds are effective

4/29/2008 4:39:34 PM

aggravating damage by removing theprotective nature of pain and failing to treat the root cause

4/29/2008 4:38:38 PM

Ulcers and the pain after treatment

4/29/2008 4:35:19 PM

how it affects the horses over all physiological state.

4/29/2008 4:34:55 PM

Kidney and Liver damage.

4/29/2008 4:28:21 PM

Masking further symtoms or horse injuring itself further due to pain relief

4/29/2008 4:20:59 PM

Addicted horses can be extremely aggressive. Ouch!

4/29/2008 4:18:51 PM

Long-term negative impact on health with older products

4/29/2008 4:04:19 PM

Short term, is it effective (enough) and long term damage are concerns....

4/29/2008 4:02:28 PM

Animals are not human, treating long term pain without a return to usefullness is wrong.

4/29/2008 4:00:04 PM

What works the best is the most important question to me

4/29/2008 3:56:49 PM

I worry that the pain mgmt drugs still in their system when they're processed for food.

4/29/2008 3:42:51 PM

I dose probiotics generously to mitigate

4/29/2008 3:39:57 PM

Adequan and Legend are really miracle drugs

4/29/2008 3:36:51 PM

That the horse maintains a good quality of life!

4/29/2008 1:39:14 PM

back pain medication

4/29/2008 1:32:45 PM

how can you tell its really benifiting your horse?

4/29/2008 11:26:04 AM

how do we know what works?

4/29/2008 11:09:39 AM