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  • Metal splint + great dane
  • Xrays on splints on horses

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    08-29-2008, 09:20 PM
Blarg, splints!

My yearling has developed one on the inside of his right fore. Going to have his leg x-rayed next week. Anyone had to deal with one before?
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    08-30-2008, 06:56 PM
I've found that magnetic boots are really good to help in the healing process. There is also a lotion that you can get, called Galleghers Splint lotion, never used it myself but friends rave about it.
    08-31-2008, 01:27 PM
Magnetic boots, eh? I think I'll try the lotion first...not sure if I want to spend 80-100 dollars on boots for a yearling which I'll (hopefully) only use once. Thanks, Frog :)

I wouldn't even bother with an x-ray, but the splint is only about 1 1/2 fingers-width from the knee joint. I've read that the closer to the joint, the more likely you are to have long-term we'll see what the vet says. He's not lame and there's no heat, though I've been icing it just to make myself feel better.
    09-03-2008, 03:58 PM
Has anyone used Splintex before? Did you have good results?
    09-05-2008, 01:50 PM
By the way, I did find a nifty trick for icing splints: soak a tampon in water and pop it in the freezer. Makes a perfectly-sized little ice pack.
    09-08-2008, 10:09 AM
Update: vet came out this morning and x-rayed his leg, all is well. Instead of tearing a ligament, he actually managed to crack the bone somehow. But the placement is not as high as I feared, no surgery required, so I'm pretty happy :)
    09-08-2008, 11:42 AM
Man...Tampons have 101 uses!! My sister uses them when she gets a puppy's ears cropped. She raises great danes and she puts the tampon in the dog's ears then ties the strings together to teach the ears to stand up while they heal. Sorry...that was OT.

Glad to hear that the x-rays held good news for ya!!
    09-14-2008, 03:43 PM
I hate splints with an almighty passion. Luckily my horse has only has one on the outside of his front leg due to playing over a metal pipe fence with a neighbor. However it was a pain I iced and gave him a few weeks off when it first popped up and he seemed fine then a month later it flared up, grew bigger and he went DEAD LAME.

I took him to the vet had it xrayed and was told it had calcified over his splint bone and was rubbing on his suspensory. You can imagine my horror. He got another 2 months off and we went back to the for another xray and they told us it had stopped growing but was still inflamed so he got corticoid steroid injections once a week for the next 3 weeks and ice and magnet boots everyday.

After that he was fine but he still gets daily magnet boots and very long warm ups and cool downs and icing and wrapping after every jumping lesson or galloping day because if it gets inflammed again that'll mean surgery to cut down the calcification and I don't have the money for that even if he is insured.

The end... take care of your horses legs
    09-15-2008, 03:11 PM
Yes, that is exactly why I wanted the x-rays done...believe me, I heaved a big sigh of relief when she told me it shouldn't interfere with the ligaments.

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