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post #1 of 10 Old 03-23-2012, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Splint Bone Fracture. :(

Long story short:

My horse got kicked in the pasture last month. He was kicked about midway down on his back left leg, bled PROFUSELY, etc. I had the vet out immediately, after applying a tourniquet and bandage. The vet was concerned about tendon sheath damage and infection. He clipped and cleaned it, bandaged it up. I work for a small animal veterinarian so he was comfortable showing me how to do wet to dry bandages, etc. He gave him a shot of Exceede and gave me another does to give him a few days later.
I changed the bandage every 3 days, irrigated the wound and appied Cothi-Vet...gave him the 2nd antibiotic shot. He had a nasty reaction to it, swelling, pain, fever, etc, but he didn't abscess. He was on stall rest for almost a month and is now in a very tiny, dry, private turn out.


The wound healed pretty nicely, but he is intermittently lame at the walk and trot. The barn vet was out (I was using a different vet) and had a look at the leg. He suspects a splint bone fracture because there is a lump/swelling on the INSIDE of the leg, even though the injury was on the outside.

He wants to wait two weeks and do some x-rays (he said that he won't be able to see anything for sure yet). After that, worst case scenario is surgery.

I am pretty upset.
Has anyone had any experience with this type of thing?

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-23-2012, 10:25 AM
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I had a horse who fractured her splint bone from getting her leg stuck under cheap conveyor belt stall mats (never use them). Her whole leg, a rear leg, swelled & she was non -weight bearing. An x-ray showed it right away.
She healed fine with stall rest. Surgical removal of the splint bone was an option & would have healed faster but I didn't choose that route.
When I lost her many years later at age 34 that broken leg was the only one that never caused her trouble.

I would suggest an X-ray ASAP so you know for sure what you are dealing with.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-23-2012, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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He was saying that he wanted to wait on the radiographs until the fracture would be more prominent.

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post #4 of 10 Old 03-23-2012, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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I also have no idea what to expect for cost.

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post #5 of 10 Old 03-23-2012, 10:37 AM
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Here is a good fact sheet on splints.

Splints and Fractures of the Splint Bone in Horses
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-23-2012, 10:39 AM
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If it happened a month ago the fracture would show up, probably some healing already going on. Why wait another month, get an exray
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post #7 of 10 Old 03-26-2012, 08:37 PM
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Fractures show up right away.
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-28-2012, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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I don't understand why the vet wants me to wait then.

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maybe for the swelling to go down to get a better picture.
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-28-2012, 09:00 PM
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It didn't happen while I owned him, but my horse fracture his splint bone and his owner opted to get it surgically removed. He doesn't have any long term effects from it and he was never lame from my understanding. There are other options besides surgery though, I would get an x-ray as soon as you can. I hope everything turns out okay!
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