Fractured splint bone

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  • My horse fractured his hind leg splint bone will he heal and be back to normal?
  • What is the recovery timeline for a horse with fractured splint bone

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    03-01-2014, 03:34 PM
Fractured splint bone

On Thursday this week our 4 year old Welsh Hanovarian cross got into a kicking match with another horse and fractured her back splint bone in 5 pieces. The wound looked clean, until the vet found a splinter of bone sticking out. X rays confirmed the splint bone is fractured about half way down. We are for the leg specialist at the vet clinic to find out if they need to remove the bone fragments now, or wait and see if they calcify neatly on their own. Fortunately, she should recover fully with antibiotics, stall rest and a standing bandage. So, here is the problem...

The pony is barely lame and puts weight on the leg no problem. She's young and doesn't like the stall. Today when she sent back in the stall after a short walk, roll in the arena and bandage change she jumped out. So our 13'2" pony jumped from a standstill out of her stall through a 28"x28" opening that is 4' above a solid stall door. And she landed on all 4 feet like nothing happened. Luckily she doesn't seem to have injured herself any more and didn't get hung up. It could have been catastrophic in so many ways, but it wasn't. We have now locked the stall "window" so she cannot hang her head out to see down the aisle of the barn.

Does anyone have any bright ideas on how to keep an energetic young and injured horse quiet in the stall?
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    03-01-2014, 03:50 PM
Green Broke
Ummm a mild sedative? Lol. Give her toy and possibly wild Yam. Its good to calm mares down and it may do something for her.
    03-02-2014, 05:58 PM
You could try putting a chain or something similar across the top door so she still gets the light through and doesn't feel as "shut in" but she can't get her head over the door. We did something similar with the Haflinger at my work as he used to hammer on the door at lunch time.
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    03-02-2014, 08:11 PM
Reduce her feed to hay only and hang it in a small mesh net. Pulling small amounts of hay from the net will keep her busy for hours. The last thing she needs right now, being on stall rest is food that increases her energy levels.
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    03-02-2014, 08:29 PM
Talking to your vet about a mild sedative might be best, it's hard to convince them that they need to rest when they don't even hurt. My horse also fractured his splint bone, he was never lame and ended up getting it removed and he recovered completely. Good luck!!
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    03-02-2014, 10:42 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Reduce her feed to hay only and hang it in a small mesh net. Pulling small amounts of hay from the net will keep her busy for hours. The last thing she needs right now, being on stall rest is food that increases her energy levels.
She is only getting hay right now. Unfortunately, a hay net is bad news for her too as she will rear and paw at it. We already had a near wreck a few months ago where she pawed at a hay net that was hung quite high and got her foot caught. She shouldn't have been able to reach it but did. Being part pony with small feet, she got a foot through the net and broke it. This horse is an acrobat!! She is also incredibly curious and daring. Hopefully if the weather warms some later this week and if she doesn't need surgery she can go out in a small paddock during the day.
    03-03-2014, 02:44 PM
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If you get the small holed haynets then it is impossible for her to get a foot through it as the holes are only about 2" in size.

Rather than a chain across her door I would fix a length of 4"x 2" vertically up the centre of the door as this will allow her to look out but not jump out.

If you have any gorse (furze) growing near you go pich a large branch and hang that up, they like it and being prickly it occupies them for ages picking bits off it.
    03-03-2014, 06:28 PM
Splint Update

The vet called today after the leg specialist reviewed the X-rays. It looks like she will need surgery to remove the bone fragments and the bottom portion of the splint bone below where it was fractured. Surgery is booked for next Wednesday.
    03-04-2014, 01:51 PM
Green Broke
Jingles your way for a speedy recovery!
    03-06-2014, 08:23 AM
Green Broke
This is one of a few reasons why I HATE dutch doors. I won't have them in a barn.

I would remove the door and make one solid door with a window at the top screened with heavy mesh or vertical pipes close enough that the horse can see out but cannot get a foot through. Lots of not the highest feed value hay and no grain to keep her busy. You can try a large ball for her to play with. There used to be a knobby horizontal roller thing you could put in a stall that a horse could play with too.

You might have to put some ACE in a handful of grain over a few days.. or inject it.. reducing the amount until she gets used to stall rest.

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