A Bute-Less® Success Story From A Therapeutic Riding Program


Here at Absorbine®, we strive to only offer products that we know will help horse owners. We’d like to share a heart-warming testimonial for our comfort and conditioning supplement Bute-Less®, we couldn’t be more proud! This one was sent in by Megan Stapely, Equine Program Director at High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding. It sounds like Bute-Less® really helped her hard-working horses! If you have a horse with a lifetime injury like a fused hock or shoulder injury, or one who’s just getting older and is starting to feel “creeky” in their movements, you may want to consider Bute-Less® Comfort & Conditioning Supplement. 

Megan Stapely:

“I just wanted to write a quick note to tell you how happy we are with the Bute-Less Pellets. As the supervisor of a therapeutic program in WNY, we ask a lot of our horses. Not only do they go through humid summers and bitter winters, the horses in our program are often coming to us after their 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th careers. Their joints have usually gone through quite a bit before coming to us!
When we initially switched to the Bute-Less pellets in 2013, we saw a nearly immediate change in several of our horses. One Percheron mare, at the time in her early 20s, had been known to have an especially arthritic shoulder due to an old injury. In classes, she would mainly walk and have to be begged to trot. After a short while on the Bute-Less pellets, we saw her demeanor and vigor begin to change, and for the next few years in the program she performed happily at the walk, trot, and even would canter during her instructor / exercise sessions! A huge change for her!


Another of our horses, in his mid-20s, was said to have needed hock injections due to his long career as a western pleasure show horse. After adding Bute-Less to his daily regime, he’s perked up, felt more frisky, and is happily and soundly participating in lessons as well as his fitness sessions with the instructors.

There have been several cases with us where we’ve seen a huge boost to performance and overall comfort for our equines. Of the 8 in our herd currently, the 4 seniors are taking Bute-Less daily in the morning much to their advantage and delight. Thank you for making a wonderful product that has helped horses, as well as the quality of services we’re able to provide for our riders with special needs! If you would like some photos or any additional information about us, we’d be happy to share!

Thanks again, and have a wonderful holiday!


Megan Stapley
Equine Program Manager
High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding
Sardinia, NY”

19 comments on “A Bute-Less® Success Story From A Therapeutic Riding Program”

  1. Patti says:

    I use Bute-Less on my horses an it makes the worlds difference in how they can move an feel. I love this product because it Really” works “

  2. Joni Waggoner says:

    Hi, My mare is IR and has cushings. Can she take this product?

    1. Sean says:

      Likely yes, but check with your vet to make sure. In a one ounce (28 gram) daily serving of Bute-Less, 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. The dehydrated alfalfa meal contains less 11% non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) 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. We enjoy reading 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.

  3. Patti Claude says:

    Is helpful for founder?

    1. Sean says:

      It can be helpful, as it supports a healthy inflammatory response.

  4. Cathy Caay says:

    My horse has laminitis can he take this product to help with pain management.

    1. Sean says:

      This product supports a healthy inflammatory response, and we’ve heard it can help in these situations. Check with your vet too!

  5. Cindy Titus says:

    I have an aged thoroughbred I’d like to try this on. I have spend a lot of money trying to find something that really works.

    Is it possible to get a sample before I commit?

    Thanks Cindy

    1. Sean says:

      Hi Cindy, we don’t have a sample of this product available. However you can find the pellets in 2 lb 32-day bags which are very reasonably priced!

  6. Cheryl Howard says:

    I have a 30 year old quarter horse mare who has chronic arthritis. I currently have her on Equiox. She was doing very well for a while, but is getting stiff and gimpy. Can I use Bute-Less in conjunction with Equiox? I also wasn’t sure if Devils Claw could be used with equiox. Thank you in advance for your help!

    1. Sean says:

      Hi Cheryl, thanks for writing in and for your interest in Bute-Less! We’d advise against it. Bute-Less, though very mild compared to some other products, is still a mild stomach irritant. By itself it has great results but combined with another stomach irritant like an NSAID it may compound the stomach irritation. Best of luck to you and your mare!

  7. Layne says:

    Hi my horse has foundered and rotated. He is currently on 1gr of Bute and would like to switch him over to Buteless if possible as he seems to be better. I am wondering if I can alternate Buteless one day and Bute on the alternating day?

    1. Sean says:

      Hello Layne, that’s exactly right – you can alternate between the two. Just do not use both on the same day to avoid gastric upset. We’d recommend using Bute-Less long-term, and then using your prescription NSAID product on only the bad days.

  8. Cynthia Charpentier says:

    Can Bute-Less be used with Corta Flex joint supplements and show glow vitamins?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hi Cynthia, because we do not manufacture those brands we cannot say whether or not they are good to use together with our product. Check with your veterinarian if there are ingredient overlaps, and ask if there are any possible ingredient relative contraindications.

  9. Kay says:

    Can Bute-Less be used with Rapid Flex?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Please consult your veterinarian. All Absorbine Supplements are OK to use together. It’s harder to know about products we do not produce. Looking into it, the product you mentioned also contains Devil’s Claw. We do not recommend serving more Devil’s Claw than is noted on our label because while it’s much more gentle than some of the common RX products, the ingredient itself is a bitter herb and can cause gastric upset when overfed. It’s definitely a case of “more is not better.” However, consult your vet and see if you can come up with a compromise.

  10. Pam Meeks says:

    Can I give Bute-Less paste to a mini horse and what would be the dosage by weight?

    1. Team Absorbine says:

      Hey Pam, yes you can give Bute-Less Paste to a mini. Bute-Less is calculated by weight but it is not detailed on the Paste Syringe label. We advise that since a mini is roughly 1/3 the weight of an average horse, that you give 1/3 the amount listed on the syringe. Hope this helps! Team Absorbine

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