4yo qh severed tendon in back leg, how do i make a splint?

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    07-29-2012, 07:49 PM
4yo qh severed tendon in back leg, how do i make a splint?

My baby had a accident this morning and completely severed her tendon. Vet came out and sewed her up and casted her up gave her antibiotics. Said we might need to make a splint and asked if we had a welder. She is calm and laying down, i'm not. My husband had to go to work and aswked me to do some research on how to weld up a splint. I'm not having much luck so I need some direction. Please help!
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    07-29-2012, 08:22 PM

I am sorry your little one got hurt. I would ask where is the laceration? The location is going to dictate what kind of splint you need and what sort of materials and padding you are going to require. How long with the horse need to be splinted? That way you can determine materials that are going to be appropriate. I would try googling casts instead of splints, but it sounds like your vet is thinking this is a unique item and thus a DIY project.
    07-29-2012, 08:23 PM
As your vet. If you splint incorrectly you'll cause even more damage.
I'm surprised that if she entirely severed the tendon, that the vet hasn't taken her into the clinic for surgery. A severed tendon is an extremely serious injury and most horses don't ever come sound, depending on which tendon is involved.
If the leg is fully cast, as it should be with an injury like that, I wouldn't imagine there'd be terribly much need to split it as well, as the cast will prevent movement in the joints.
Is she cast from under the hoof up past the hock or below the hock?
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    07-29-2012, 08:25 PM
When my old guy (now 22) was foaled, his breeder splinted his hind leg (he was severely cow hocked) with PVC pipe. THis may be easier to deal with, since welding is pretty specialized. Also easier to file down sharp edges, IMO.
    07-29-2012, 08:29 PM
I was thinkng she didn't need a splint, she is being very calm and laying down. My husband is a farmer/rancher so he can do just about anything. Our vet has been doing this for over 50 years and seemed to think she would be ok after being casted for 6 weeks. She is casted just above her hock and yes under her hoof as well. The tendon is split dead center between her ankle? And hock. I'm not very experienced so im still learning all the lingo. I'm a city girl turned country I guess. I figured she would need surgury but he said sh would be ok. I hope so anyway.
    07-29-2012, 08:30 PM
PVC is a good idea, i'll let Joe know.
    07-29-2012, 08:39 PM
Another question, do you think she will come out ok? I don't even care if I never get to ride her again, I just want her to be ok.
    07-29-2012, 09:24 PM
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If it is the extensor tendon (the one that goes down the front of the hind cannon), I can tell you how to splint it with a welded shoe as we have had two of these and they both got OK..
    07-29-2012, 09:49 PM
I would appreciate it. She is 4 and 15hh. I think its the deep digital extensor. On the very back of her leg. She came down on some metal. :(
    07-29-2012, 10:16 PM
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The flexor tendons are on the back of the leg (behind the cannon) and they support the horse's weight. I have not had to repair any of them but they are a lot more serious.

The extensor tendons are on the front of the cannon and they extend the foot but do not bear weight. Those are the ones I have worked with and they were pretty easy by comparison to the ones behind the cannon. When the extensor tendon is severed, the horse knuckles over and walks on the front of its ankle.

If it is the flexor tendon behind the cannon, I am afraid I have had no experience with those, but I don't think it is a good injury for a horse to come back from.

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