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

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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!

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

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.

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

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”

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  • Animal Care Team on

    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

  • Animal Care Team on

    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.

  • Animal Care Team on

    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.

  • Animal Care Team on

    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.

  • Animal Care Team on

    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!

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