Natural Alternatives to Bute


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Leesa Lavigne says:

    I’ve also had the vet administer Polyglycan through IV for arthritis. Did 3 the first year and am down to 2/year now with good results.

  2. vlc58724 says:

    Thank you Casie!! I didn’t know there was a natural alternative to bute. Where can I find Devils Claw? I would love to have some on hand just for when horses are just being horses. 🙂 Vicki

    • then5925 says:

      Hi Vicki–You can find Devil’s Claw occasionally at farm or tack stores, but I usually order mine online– through somewhere like,, or even Definitely a great thing to have on hand!

  3. Mireya Geary says:

    My 18 year old (rescued)mare has grade 5/V lameness. Has severe arthritis of front knees with Hx of chronic laminitis 4 years ago when I rescued her.
    My Vet recommends putting her down.
    I’ve tried Cosequin for 1 month — loading dose of 2 scoops daily x 2 weeks then 1 scoop daily and didn’t see any improvement whatsoever.
    She’s been on bute & Equioxx in the meantime and doing well. I wonder if at this point Cat’s claw or any other drugs will work. I’ve already wasted money on things she doesn’t respond at all.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Mireya–So sorry to hear about your mare. Is the laminitis still bothering her or the arthritis? If it’s laminitis, then all the drugs or herbs in the world won’t really make a difference. There is a book by Jaime Jackson called Founder: Prevention and Cure the Natural Way that I highly recommend. But for arthritis, I would recommend Devil’s Claw or Turmeric as natural bute substitutes. If you google turmeric, you’ll see all kinds of studies that have been done on it–especially for arthritis. Good luck!

  4. What a fantastic article, thank you. I have just subscribed to your newsletter. I am an author/blogger and have written extensively about our horses’ natural health care.

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