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%.



55 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.

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