From April 5 new British Showjumping (BS) rules will ban the use of painkillers like Phenylbutazone (Bute) in national competition.

The BS website says: “There will be a new set of FEI Rules and a new Prohibited List. For the moment that list will set out that bute and the other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) are prohibited substances. That situation may change after the FEI GA in November when the issues will be debated in full and a decision taken so watch this space for updates.”

But it’s worth remembering that there are alternatives to Bute. Pegasus Health sells Boswellia Serrata for horses – a natural substance sometimes called ‘nature’s Bute’. It is a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever made from the gum resin of the Boswellia Serrata tree.

Boswellia Serrata has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for arthritis, rheumatism and other chronic inflammatory diseases. It is very gentle on the sensitive gastrointestinal tracts of horses and suitable for long-term use.

Glucosamine for horses is one of the most popular equine joint supplements because it is a natural amino sugar found in healthy joint cartilage.

Pegasus Health sells a pure Glucosamine Hydrochloride (HCI) which replenishes the natural lubrication – synovial fluid – found around horse joints which makes them move smoothly and without pain or discomfort.

Separately, Glucosamine HCI and Boswellia Serrata can both help with easing pain and inflammation without resorting to a drug like Phenylbutazone. Pegasus Health also offers a product that harnesses the power of BOTH these natural products.

Pegasus Health Fleximover for horses contains Boswellia Serrata AND pure Glucosamine Hydrochloride (HCI) to provide extra nutritional support.

Pegasus Health FlexiMover is manufactured to the highest quality standards and – like all Pegasus Health own-label supplements – it contains no filler ingredients.

Other products you will find on the Pegasus Health website include Equine America Buteless® High Strength Solution – a natural and palatable formulation containing botanical extracts. It provides a powerful, natural alternative that can be used in the short or long-term without concerns of side effects.