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post #1 of 4 Old 04-02-2013, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, I have an OTTB that has 2 splints on both of his front legs. He has had them since I got him. They haven't caused him any lameness, but I justed wanted to know if they could cause him pain in the future, and if there is anything that could reduce the size, or if I should just ignore it.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-03-2013, 03:53 PM
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If they are "old and cold" you shouldn't have to worry about anything. They are generally only painful when the horse first pops them, it is a non essential piece :)

If they are old and cold there isn't anything you can do to make them smaller, if they are new, cold hosing/sweating and wrapping are the best way to treat them.
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-03-2013, 07:27 PM
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Yes, agree with above. Splint bones fuse with the cannon as a horse matures, but when they're worked too hard, too young, they can 'pop' them. No biggie if it's been & done & shouldn't cause further issues.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-05-2013, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thank You! :)
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