Sounds as if you're dealing with fresh or "green" splints.... They're an indication that a tear has occurred in the interosseous ligament, which binds the splint bones to the cannon bone. |
Splints result from trauma (anything from imbalance to over-exertion to a direct hit) and are the most common defect found in the equine front limb. During the "green" or acute period, when they first evidence, there is often a period of brief tenderness/pain and occasionally a mild lameness. Once they're "set" they usually fall into the category of blemishes and don't cause lameness, although their location and severity can result in lameness issues.
I would at least place a call to the vet and ask if s/he has a preferred protocol for treating these during the acute phase.
very nice explanation! You saved me a whole lot of typing!