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.
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