Re: My horse is lame......does anyone use bute long term..
My horse Havoc is similar to your mare, goes mildly lame occasionally in near fore. Usually when ground's hard. Had same thought, navicular, but vet couldnt pinpoint anything. He wears rolled toe shoes, which helps a bit. Mainly if im careful when ground is hard, he doesnt go lame now. Like you say its keeping them calm to give time to mend.
I also do stretches with his legs on a regular basis, which might help if its in her shoulder?
And agree with rhapsody, a physio might be able to help.
What about out 24/7 ? I find H is calmer if out all the time, rather than charging around if only turned out for a bit.
I've also got a pony on Bute long term for arthritus. Atm he gets 1/2 sachet every other day, but i would only do this if vet recommends,( as greyandbay says its not good for their insides; I didnt know about the Danilon, I shall look into this for mine; thanks for tip greyandbay!)
Hope shes better soon