Advice on buying a horse with a old popped splint
Hello all, this is my first time posting on Horseforum.com. I am in need of some advice. I found a horse that I really like for sale, half Arab half Quarter horse. Young, three year old, beautiful movement. I went up yesterday to meet the horse for the first time, I had only seen pictures. She was a very nice filly, big, nice movement, looked to have nice conformation as well. I did notice that she has/had popped a splint on her inner right leg. Right below her knee, and a good size one too. I do not have a picture to show you, but I was able to feel the leg and the splint was very hard, no swelling, no heat and she didn't seem to mind me feeling/playing with it. I was able to see her trot around her pasture and she doesn't seem off or lame from it either. I have never had a horse with a popped splint and I'm unsure if it's really a problem? Or just a eye sore. I asked the owner about it, and all they said is that she popped the splint. Not really knowing how or what happened? As a two year old she was shown in halter classes but the last year just been out to pasture. So not knowing when or what happened or if there is anything that can be done to minimize the size of the splint, I'm a little un-easy going forward in the purchase. Can anyone tell me a little more about what they know about splint issues? I have read all about what to do if a horse pops a splint, but can anything be done to a horse that has had this blemish for a while? Or weather or not I should be concerned that she has one in the first place? I just don't know. They are asking good money for this horse too, and yes, she is very pretty, but I would rather have a heathy, sound horse than a pretty one. Thank you!!