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    10-27-2008, 09:28 PM
Question splint fracture

My throughbred mare got kicked and receved a fracture this happenned in the spring she has healed very well I was wondering if now that the splint bone has been fractured when I start her in the spring again should she have any kind of boot to protect it she runs on it jumps plays with the other horses she dosent seem to be bothered by it
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    10-27-2008, 11:43 PM
For sure! Boots with some support.
What are you going to use her for?
    10-28-2008, 10:55 AM
If it is healed you shouldn't need support boots. The splint bone is a very thin bone that runs along side the cannon bone.. Once healed it's fine.
    10-28-2008, 12:02 PM
I agree with AppyT.
But I'd also get a vet out to do a lameness check to make sure it is fully healed.

Boots with support will actually weaken the leg in the long run so if you ride without it that leg will be weak. The leg gets used to that extra support, so when taken off it's like hehe

I'd possibly use polo wraps so in case while riding, if she hits it, it will take off some of the pressure...but the polo will not give any support. (On a side note: don't use them if you don't know how to properly wrap them...if wrapped wrong they can cause serious problems for the horse)
    10-28-2008, 02:15 PM
Just a trail horse
    10-29-2008, 09:13 AM
I had a horse that fractured her splint bone. After 1 week of being in the vet clinic, 5 more weeks of hand walking and x-rays, and then 6-8 weeks of ponying and slowly working into a trot, then 3-4 weeks of ponying/lunging to work on the lope, she was good to go. The vet told me that the horse only puts about 2% of weight on the bone but when it is hurt it really bothers them.

After I got the final OK to start riding again I gradually worked into a full workout and it never bothered her. The only way you know something happened is the cast rubbed some hair off of her hock and the spot came back white. She is now being used by a 4-her for showing and trail riding and nothing is ever wrapped on it.
    10-29-2008, 10:34 PM
I would just put some type of protective boot on her....not nessicairly support boots...but just like galloping boots or something!

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