June 26, 2015 Leave a comment
Splints manifest themselves as swellings and bony enlargements located on the splint bones on both forelegs and hindlegs of horses.
According to Veterinary Partner Linda Belton of the George Veterinary Group, in certain cases, a serious splint can cause long-term chronic lameness, and they are also considered a significant blemish in the show-ring.
What is a splint?
The splint bones on inside and outside of the cannon bone are largely non-weightbearing. The splint bones are attached to the cannon bone by the interosseus ligament, and tearing of this ligament through either internal trauma such as fast exercise, or external trauma, such as a fracture of the splint bone, results in inflammation in the ligament, which leads to proliferative bone growth and a hard lump on the cannon bone.
Fresh splints are best treated topically with Splintex Silver and gauze or cotton bandage. (Leg brush included when this is purchased by retailers for sale.) Elimination of the fresh splint may occur as early as three five day cycles, although some cases require additional treatment. Horses with hot splints should receive complete rest, with exercise limited to hand walking.
Cold splints are best treated topically with Splintex Gold – with bandaging optional. (Leg brush included when purchased by retailers for sale). At approximately 20 days into treatment, the enlargements appear to flatten, with dramatic reduction of the splint as early as 30 days. Treatment should be continued to achieve complete elimination. Horses with cold splints may follow their daily routines without interruption, unless lameness is present.
Splintex is manufactured by Horse Systems Inc.