All about Equine Splints!

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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.

Treatment

We distribute and recommend a topical product called Splintex’. It is retailed by many firms, including Clippersharp in Devon, longstanding fans of this excellent brand.

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.

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How to deal with splints…

3or4wkslaterAs the warmer weather comes up and the ground dries out it is prime time for splints to develop. Not only are these unsightly, they can cause pain and discomfort when forming which may lead to frustrating time off. Not ideal in the midst of the competition season!

Splints manifest themselves as swellings and bony enlargements located on the splint bones on both forelegs and hindlegs of horses.

Tips to prevent splints…  

  • Avoid excessive concussion and strain especially with young horses.
  • Maintain hooves properly.
  • Feed nutritionally balances grains and forages especially to young horses. Alfalfa is a good feed. However, it is best to feed alfalfa only in grass mixtures to rapidly growing horses.

Treatment of splints… 
Fresh splints are best treated topically with Silver Splintex t.m. and gauze or cotton bandage. (Leg brush included.) Elimination of the fresh splint may occur as early as 3 five day cycles, although some cases require additional treatment. Horses with hot splints should receive lay-up or complete rest with exercise limited to hand walking.

Cold splints are best treated topically with Gold Splintex t.m., bandaging optional. At approximately 20 days 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.

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