Bute-Less Equine Supplement

Sensing discomfort in a friend is something we do almost unconsciously.  We can tell just by looking at them, or from the tone of their voice.  A human friend will confirm it when asked, but detecting discomfort in your horse can be much more difficult.   Many times there are subtle signals, like refusing normal commands, vigorous tail swishing, trouble with lead changes, or a grumpy attitude.  A dash of intuition and careful observation will usually tip us off when there is a problem.  Some more obvious signs of a horse’s discomfort can include unusual bucking, biting, rearing, holding a tight or “hollow” back, shaking of the head and similar actions.

While some obvious causes of soreness like a pulled tendon or a laceration have straight-forward treatments, many horses will live with discomfort for the rest of their lives.  Even once we’ve detected it and the cause is diagnosed, our vet may not have many options to keep our horses comfortable indefinitely. Many of the medicines commonly prescribed today have serious side effects, like gastric irritation and resulting ulcers, so horse owners shy away from using them in the long-term.

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As horses live longer lives thanks to better nutrition and veterinary medicine, many of us are faced with the challenges of caring for senior horses, as we strive to keep them comfortable in their golden years. Absorbine® Bute-Less can offer your horse support for a healthy inflammatory response, and eases discomfort associated with exercise and aging.  It is gentle on the stomach and is easily administered as a daily supplement.  Active ingredients in Bute-Less include natural Devil’s Claw Extract and Yucca Schidigera Extract, as well as Vitamin B-12.  Bute-Less is available in three convenient forms, as pellets, paste syringes, and solution.  Formerly known as Equine America® B-L®, our supplement is proven to be gentle on the stomach, making it ideal for long-term use.  Search the reviews online and you’ll find that it’s highly rated and recommended, with comments like this:


“I finished the 30 days and my 19 year old mare was much springier and more ‘playful’ than I can remember!  Even in the heat of the late summer!!!  RAVE REVIEWS FROM ME!”

-Andrea H., Florida


So, if you sense that your equine friend is sore and you’re looking for a way to offer comfort for the long-term, try Absorbine® Bute-Less™.  If you or your four legged friend aren’t happy with the results, let us know.  Absorbine stands behind our products 100%.



87 comments on “Bute-Less Equine Supplement”

  1. Angie Rowe says:

    Can I purchase this bute-less in new zealand

    1. Sean says:

      Hello Angie, thanks for inquiring! At this time we do not have Bute-Less in New Zealand. We can’t confirm if worldwide online retailers would ship it to NZ or not. Sorry I don’t have more information for you. We sure hope to sell it in your beautiful country someday! This blog administrator would volunteer to travel there for business any day!

  2. Gina Jacobs says:

    Just bought some to try…says I’ll know in a week for my arthritic horse!

  3. Melanie Davis says:

    Can you give B-L Solution to dogs? If so, what is the dosage per pound?

    1. Sean says:

      Hi Melanie,

      Thanks for writing. We do not advise that you try Bute-Less for your dog, we only know it works for horses. There are some dog-specific supplements out there with Devil’s Claw though. In a quick search I found Wendals Herbs brand had a Devil’s Claw solution for dogs. We haven’t had any experience with that or other dog brands. Good luck!

  4. Guy Bailly says:

    Is there a seller in Canada or à Tackshop in Québec

    1. Sean says:

      Hey Guy! Sorry for the late response. We are now selling this formula in Canada as “Absorbine B-L” – same stuff, just a slightly different name.

      You can get it at Greenhawk.com

      There is a Greenhawk location in Quebec City. For other shops, we suggest calling ahead. Thanks for using Absorbine products!!

  5. Guy Bailly says:

    I ve been buying 3 gallons since in US ans it works good on my 14 years old trotter

  6. Catherine Haryslak says:

    I have a small retired pony. That has cushings, is insulin resistant and has laminitis. I would like to not use Bute on a daily basis. Is this product safe for my little guy. Not sure of the sugar content. Thank You

    1. Sean says:

      Hello Catherine, there is dehydrated alfalfa meal and dehydrated molasses in the product. This being said the serving size is only 1 oz total per 1,100 lbs of horse. So it would depend on just how restricted your pony’s diet is. Other than that, we think it should be ok! Thanks!

  7. Nancy says:

    Can Bute-Less be used in horses with COPD?

    1. Sean says:

      Hi Nancy, we don’t see why not but definitely ask you vet to make sure. Thanks for your interest!

  8. Sammy says:

    How long of a period can bite-less be given. Several months or just a couple weeks?

    1. Sean says:

      Hi Sammy, Bute-Less can be given as long as you need. It’s designed to be given daily for the long haul. Thanks for your interest!

  9. Susan Bates says:

    Can I occasionally add aspirin after a hard work out when he shows discomfort?

    1. Sean says:

      No, you don’t want to combine Bute-Less with an NSAID. One or the other on a given day.

  10. I bought this product for the first time because my two standard Donkeys were running some stray dogs out of the pastures and they both fell in one of the cows dugouts, bruised, limping and exhausted they needed some help, Bute-Less perked them up and they are so full of feeling good energy it’s great!!!!! And thank you Valley Vet for sending it to me so quickly, your’re great too!!!!

  11. Alicia says:

    Can Bute-less be used at the same time as regular Bute?

    1. Sean says:

      No, do not use bute (or any NSAID) plus Bute-Less in the same day. You can just stop feeding Bute-Less on a day you have to feed bute, then start back up after.

  12. Laura says:

    Have been very happy with Bute-Less… great results no side affects. However, it would be great to be able to by refill bags instead of having to get the bucket each time I buy 10lbs.

    1. Sean says:

      Thank you for the feedback, we’ll look at larger bags!

  13. Glenda says:

    How soon after using bute can you start bute less? It says on the container not to use with bute.

    1. Sean says:

      Correct, you’d want to wait a day for the stomach to calm down some before starting on Bute-Less.

  14. Daniel Greely says:

    What’s the best way to administer bute less? I have the 32 oz. liquid. Just pour it on their feed?

    1. Sean says:

      Yes, with grain is the best way to administer the liquid. Thanks!

  15. Allen Gates says:

    How does Bute-less effectiveness compare to Bute?

    1. Sean says:

      It really depends on the horse. Bute is better for acute injury, where Bute-Less Supplement is better for long-term use.

  16. Candice says:

    Is it just once a day? Or can it be given twice a day?

    1. Sean says:

      Once per day, you should not over-dose the supplement because of stomach irritation.

  17. janise burford says:

    what are the ingredients in the solution? I can no longer feed the pellets because my horse is allergic to wheat middlings.

  18. CATHY B HEAD says:


    1. Sean says:

      Hello! There is no specific restriction at that age, but we definitely recommend consulting your veterinarian. Make sure to discuss diet as it relates to the ingredient Devil’s Claw in this product. Thanks! Team Absorbine

  19. Riley says:

    Hi there, I have a gelding with some mild swelling in his leg, likely just a kick or a wrong step. Can Bute-Less be effective as a 2-3 day anti-inflammatory to help bring it down? Or does it need long term use as more of a comfort treatment to be most helpful?

    1. Sean says:

      It might be effective after it builds up in his system after 5-7 days, but you are correct that this supplement is intended for chronic situations rather than acute situations.

  20. Deborah Cave says:

    what is the maximum dosage I can administer to a 17 year old performance mare, currently being shown. 1000-1100 lbs. Please advise if this product is show ring legal in most circuits.

    1. Sean says:

      We’d advise you stick to the label recommended amount. Overdosing too much can cause stomach irritation. The ingredient devil’s claw is on the banned ingredient list at the USEF, so if the show does USEF blood testing, we’d recommend you let it wash out for one week before the show. If you need a product that will not test at USEF sanctioned horse shows, we make a show safe version called Bute-Less Performance, which is curcumin based and has no devil’s claw. Thanks! https://absorbine.com/products/supplements/bute-less-performance/

  21. KRISTEN says:

    Is this safe for an IR Cushing’s horse?

  22. Chantelle says:

    HI can you use buteless on mares who are in foal thanks

    1. Sean says:

      This product is not for use on pregnant or lactating mares. Thanks!

  23. Rose says:

    Hello! I have a large paint, who recently had her back aligned and has back pain. She USA also on aloe, for stomached ulcers. Can Bute-less be given to her, and for how long?
    I know Bute, shouldn’t be. Although her chiropractor said it would be OK. I wanted to double check.

    1. Sean says:

      We would not advise using Bute-Less on a horse that has gastric distress like her. While it is far less of an irritation than bute, it is still mildly irritating because devil’s claw is a bitter ingredient. Also make sure never to use both at the same time.

  24. Jim White says:

    What is more effective , Buteless liquid or pellets ? Is one easier on their stomach than the other in a long term use scenario ?

    1. Sean says:

      The Liquid is slightly more fast-acting than the pellets. As long as you are mixing the Liquid or Pellets in with other feed, both are appropriate for long-term use. We’ve heard that the Pellets are easier with some horses, but either form is good for long-term use.

  25. Patricia says:

    My mare is recovering from laminitis. I finally got her off Bute about a month ago but started her on the buteless and she is doing good. Now she is going to get her feet done and my vet wants to give her a dose of IV Bute . How soon should I stop the buteless? Is just not giving it to her for that day okay?

    1. Sean says:

      Hello Patricia, so sorry for this late response. Yes, stopping Bute-Less just for that day is good.

  26. Lynn says:

    I fed it to my pregnant mares and just noticed it’s not recommended. How bad is it for them??

  27. Katrina GAuld says:

    Has anyone ever reported a horse getting hives while using bute less? Is it a good choice for daily use on a horse with arthritis or should it be used at intervals?

    1. Sean says:

      Hi Katrina, this product is meant to be used on an ongoing basis and takes up to 7 days to reach effectiveness. On bad days or if there is acute pain, you can switch back to your RX NSAID. Just don’t feed both on the same day. Though Bute-Less is much more gentle on the stomach, Devil’s Claw is a bitter root and doesn’t mix well with NSAIDs. We don’t get many calls about allergic reactions on this product, most horses tolerate it very well. Thanks and Good Luck!

  28. Kelly says:

    How much is the sugar content? Have two horses that have metabolic issues. Also, the yucca powder is there research backing ok for horses with metabolic issues?

    1. Sean says:

      Hello Kelly,

      Of course your veterinarian will be the last word on your particular horse’s condition, but here is some information on our product.

      Relative to the question around sugar content: There is 0.64 grams of sugar per one ounce serving in the formula for the Bute-Less pellets.

      For yucca: The concern with yucca itself is that the yucca plant in its entirety is a starchy plant with a higher level of non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs). However, in order to avoid the non-active starch-like ingredients of the yucca plant, Bute-Less uses an extract of the yucca plant that captures the active ingredient in the yucca – the saponins – rather than using ground up yucca plant as whole.

      Additional information you may find helpful: The dehydrated alfalfa meal contains less 11% NSCs which is less than some feedstuffs like grass hay. Alfalfa is usually a good option for IR and metabolic horses and there are some great articles out there that talk about the sugar and carbohydrate levels of feedstuffs. There are some good articles from Dr. Juliette Getty and you may find the following helpful, even though it is related to PPID and not metabolic horses, managing these horses are often done in similar fashion – http://www.thehorse.com/articles/29068/managing-equine-cushings-disease.

      We wish you the best! -Team Absorbine

  29. Megan Dee says:

    Hey, I have a 10hh pony with laminitus I bought butless liquid form, just seei.g how much could I give her ?

    1. Sean says:

      Hi Megan, try to use her weight as a guide. The serving size is calculated on the label for an average sized horse of 1,100 pounds. If your pony is 1/2 of that weight, use half the amount of pellets as an example. Hope this helps!

  30. Ashlyn says:

    I had the liquid for my 20 year old mare and she was amazing on it. I then had the greenhawk warehouse sale where I got the 10 lbs of pellets and she is lame again. I have Ben giving recommended doses from the best of my knowledge yet she keeps slowly getting worse with her gates. Is this common to have horses better on one product then the other?

    1. Sean says:

      Hi Ashlyn, while most horses do really well on the pellets, the Liquid does have more Devil’s Claw in it than the liquid, so that might explain the change. Consult your vet about adjusting the serving of pellets to match the serving she got with the Liquid. The level of Devil’s Claw is noted on the label for each form. Liquid has 954 mg, the Pellets have 350 mg. Devil’s Claw is a bitter herb, so be cautious about serving too much at once but your vet might have a serving suggestion considering your horse’s history with the product.

  31. Fay says:

    Can you use Bute-Less along side of another supplement such as The Missing Link® Well Blend® Senior?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Yes, the ingredients in those two supplements are complementary. In general, Absorbine supplements are complementary except for the joint supplements. You would not want to use two separate supplements both containing glucosamine for example. You should also consult your veterinarian. Thank you!

  32. Mark Workman says:

    Am having concerns. One of the older, OTTB horses that boards at my place recently experienced a severe panic attack movement explosion ( neighbors shooting off illegal fireworks) resulting in painful exacerbation of baseline managed arthritis and old racing days injuries. DMV/ Certified Chiropractic Practitioner evaluated… diagnosing painful neck/arthritis, hip and knee pain and possible neurologic involvement. My concerns… Vet has owner continuing 1 gram Bute for next 30 days and, adding daily dose of your Bute-Less, pellet form. After reading all comments and your responses, what are possible indicated results for horse receiving both Bute (1gram) and your Bute-Less on a daily basis for the next 30 days?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hey Mark, we strongly recommend that you do not use both an RX NSAID and our supplement on the same day – use one or the other. Bute-Less contains Devil’s Claw, which is a bitter herb. Bitter herbs cause an acid response in the horse’s stomach. While alone, this is far more gentle than an NSAID on the gut (which is why it can be used long-term), combining these could cause a heightened acid response and gastric distress.

  33. Mary says:

    I have a horse that turns up its nose at the taste of bute mixed in its food. How do you make sure the horse takes Bute-less? Is the liquid or pellets considered easier to get the horse to take? No one has mentioned this being a problem….perhaps the taste is not noticeable?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hey Mary, most people find that their horses like the taste of our Bute-Less Supplement. It certainly tastes nothing like Bute. The choice between pellet or liquid is an individual one. The liquid is useful if you want to top-dress your grain. The pellets are the more popular form. It comes down to the particular horse. Thanks!

  34. Debbie says:

    Can I use this product on standard Donkeys?
    I have 2 girls with chronic arthritis due to severe neglect before they were seized by law enforcement. They have been comfortable over the past 2+ years but now are showing lameness issues
    They each weigh around 400#

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hi Debbie, yes Bute-Less might just be perfect for them. Bute-Less is approved for use on all equines (horses, donkeys, mules, ponies). Please refer to the label – you will need to adjust the serving according to their weight. Thanks!

  35. Lisa says:

    What would be the sugar level in BL. I have a pony that is IR and have to watch his sugar levels but would like to try this on him do to some soreness/stiffness. Thank you~

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Bute-Less serving sizes adjust according to the weight of the animal. In a one ounce (28 gram) daily serving of Bute-Less Pellets, which is for an average horse of 1,000 lbs., there is 1.4 grams of dried molasses and 0.42 grams of dried apple flavoring. These ingredients do contain sugar, but the amount per day that you would feed is very small. There is 0.64 grams of sugar per one ounce serving in the formula for the Bute-Less pellets. Consult your veterinarian about any nutritional change with your IR horse. Thank you for your interest, we wish you and your pony the very best. -Team Absorbine

  36. Liv says:

    Hi, I have a 27 year old mare that was diagnosed with glaucoma. Has Bute-Less been shown to be effective with managing ocular pain? I’m looking for something to help manage it while she’s on her eye meds versus using banamine.

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hi Liv, sorry about the late reply. If you are still dealing with your mare’s discomfort we do recommend trying Bute-Less. It can help with discomfort in her eye. -Team Absorbine

  37. Emma says:

    I know this is an odd question considering the name of the product, but can bute (powder) be given along with Bute-Less? My 12 yr old QH/percheron has been on Bute-Less daily for a few months now and, though it has definitely helped, he still has a little bit of lameness here and there. My vet suggested we go ahead and start him on daily bute. I’m wondering if I should stop the supplement or do both?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hello Emma, thank you for taking the time to write. You should not give our Bute-Less supplement along with Bute or any other NSAID in the same day. Many people will switch off with good success – feed Bute-Less regularly, but when the horse is having a bad day, hold back the Bute-Less and give them the NSAID. Just never give both on the same day. Thanks! -Team Absorbine

  38. Sheila says:

    Can I give Buteless with Jiaogulan. It says not to give with NSAID.

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hello Sheila, that’s a tough question because we’ve never studied the combination. As you referenced, we advise against using Bute-Less on the same day as you give a horse an NSAID because the combination may be hard on the gut. While Bute-Less is much more gentle, the ingredient Devil’s Claw is still a bitter herb which can increase stomach acid slightly. This is ok on its own, but if combined with an NSAID it could be too much. Ask your veterinarian if Jiaogulan is also a bitter herb or if it would go well with Devil’s Claw or other ingredients in Bute-Less. All ingredients of Bute-Less are listed on the label which can be found on our website. Thank you for your interest! https://absorbine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/absorbine-bute-less-labels.pdf

  39. Jane says:

    Can you split the daily dose of Bute-Less into 1/2 dose given twice a day?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hello Jane, yes that is a great way to use it!

  40. Billie J Riter says:

    How much should i give my mini donkey that weights between 3-4 hundred pounds?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hi Billie, instructions say 1oz (one scoop using our included scooper) serves an 1,100lb horse. So for a 400lb donkey, that works out to about 10 grams or a little less than half of one scoop. Thanks!

  41. Laura says:

    I have a horse that has recently been diagnosed with Navicular, will this product help? The vet gave me an option to give him Osphos, but that says do not use with NSAID. If the Devils Claw is what is bad, could he benefit from the performance formula that doesn’t have devils claw? Trying to find out what group of supplements/medicines will work best for him.

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hello Laura, yes you are correct about not combining Devil’s Claw with an NSAID as they work in similar ways and are contra-indicated for gastric upset. If your horse needs to stay on their NSAID Bute-Less Performance would be a good choice. It does not contain devil’s claw, and has even been shown in study to support gastric health. Thanks for writing and best of luck! Here is a $25 rebate for Bute-Less Performance – http://absorbine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Bute-Less-Performance.pdf

  42. Kaitlyn says:

    can buteless be given along w Dak supplements like yucca?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hello, yes in general Bute-Less can be fed alongside a yucca supplement even though there is yucca in Bute-Less already. The areas to watch out for with Bute-less are combining it with an RX NSAID – don’t do it. You can alternate to feed either Bute-Less OR the NSAID on any given day, but not both. The other area to watch is overfeeding Devil’s Claw. More is not better in this case as it can upset stomachs at high doses. The Bute-Less formula has been carefully balanced so that it helps horses and not harms them. Be careful of supplements with high levels of Devil’s Claw. Too much could make your horse feel worse. Thanks! -Team Absorbine

  43. Cathrine Kaminsky says:

    How long does buteless take to kick in?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Depending on your horse’s metabolism, anywhere from 4-7 days.

  44. Andrea says:

    Hello, would it be best to give bute less in the morning or at night? Or should I split the dosage and put in both?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Splitting it between two meals would be the best, but is not required. Morning or night will work. Thank you!

  45. Amanda Johnson says:

    Hi, my horse needs a pain relief daily for navicular. He was on .5 mg of bute a day for several years and the I switched him to Equioxx, however he’s had side effects from that. He needs something daily and I’m wondering if buteless would be a good option. We are scoping for ulcers to ensure no other problems from past NSAID use.

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hey Amanda, that sounds like a good plan. Often people have success with Bute-Less for this very purpose – to switch out of an RX product into a more gentle, long-term option. Sometimes people will keep some of their old medicine around for any “bad days” and that’s ok. Just do not give both Bute-Less and an RX NSAID on the same day. Thanks and we wish you well!

  46. Jane platt says:

    Can you treat alpacas with Buteless? If so dosage information, please.

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hello Jane! We formulated Bute-Less for horses and so do not make recommendation about other animals. However, all of the ingredients are listed on the label and you could consult your veterinarian about using it with your alpaca. If you decided to use it the dosing would likely be the same – by animal’s weight per the label. Thank you for your interest!

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