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  • Can a foal get splints
  • Small splint on yearling

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    03-27-2013, 01:35 PM
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Foal
Yearling Splint help!

I've had my aqha filly for about 5 months now, and she's had a splint since the day I got her (only I wasn't sure if it wad a splint until now, I've never had a horse with one before). She is going to be my shown horse and I want to take her into showmanship and I have to take her to a show before July for the program that we are in and I want to do our best. She's extremely correct and sound but she just has the little slant ofnher front left leg. Anyone have anything that works to get rid of them? Or make them invisible? I've read there's not much to do but does anyone have anything that works?
     
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    03-27-2013, 01:38 PM
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Yearling
Surgery is the only option I know of. A splint occurs when the splint bone is broken, and calcifies. They are unsightly, but generally do not cause any issues.
     
    03-27-2013, 01:39 PM
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Foal
Do you know how much that surgery might cost?
     
    03-27-2013, 01:50 PM
  #4
Yearling
The whole surgery will likely be quite pricey. I do believe it requires not only the anesthetics but, probably the use of a surgical bay and post op treatment. Then there may be a risk of some slight scarring. I'd just leave it tbh, if you truly enjoy this horse the I personally wouldn't take the risk of anesthesia or infection if it were for something purely cosmetic.
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    03-27-2013, 07:28 PM
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I have had foals and yearlings throw splints and they have just disappeared after a year.

When a horse throws a splint it does not break the splint bone but the splint bone fuses to the cannon bone. Surgery is an option but not a route I would take as there is a significant scar left.

I would give it time, wait until the end of summer and see if it does just go. If not I would go the old fashioned route and blister it. This brings more blood to the area and can make the splint go.
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    03-28-2013, 07:52 AM
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You do not have a fractured splint bone. They are serious, cause severe lameness and the broken end of the splint bone needs to be surgically removed to get soundness back.

Splints can be easily removed. Before I tell you how to take it off with no Vet or no invasive procedure, I want to see a photo of her front legs showing her knees to her hooves. I've taken off dozens of them off -- some as big as a small hen's egg, but, I want to see it first. Also, how old is she?
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    03-28-2013, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
You do not have a fractured splint bone. They are serious, cause severe lameness and the broken end of the splint bone needs to be surgically removed to get soundness back.

Splints can be easily removed. Before I tell you how to take it off with no Vet or no invasive procedure, I want to see a photo of her front legs showing her knees to her hooves. I've taken off dozens of them off -- some as big as a small hen's egg, but, I want to see it first. Also, how old is she?
Okay, I will take a picture of it tomorrow for you when I see her! It isn't very big at all, about the size of a small rock. She is turning one year old tomorrow exactly!
     

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