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    10-10-2013, 02:07 AM
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Buying a horse with splints

Went to look at a horse for sale. Pretty much what I want for an okayish price. However, on one of the front legs is two "splints". Seem cold, hard, is sound. Horse is six, has done a fair bit of riding in the past. I plan to just do pleasure riding, trails, low level competition.

What would you think about this?
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    10-10-2013, 05:43 AM
Green Broke
Ah, don't worry about it. I'm going to buy him anyway. He's pretty excellent.
    10-10-2013, 08:45 AM
Green Broke
I wouldnt buy him personaly, splints are indications of either poor leg conformation or trauma to the leg!
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    10-10-2013, 10:03 AM
Many horses have old splints. Especially if they live outside on hills,I wouldn't worry about it at all.
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    10-10-2013, 10:14 AM
Cold splints very very rarely reflair. I've had horses in the past, and even the one I just purchased, all had/have cold splints. My vet (and the other vets that did pre-purchase) mention them I passing just to let me know they are there, even though I already know that before vetting, and pass over them..they don't consider them an issue.
    10-10-2013, 11:55 AM
Green Broke
Insurance companies over here will slap an exclusion on for lamness if a horse has a splint.
    10-10-2013, 01:37 PM
I think it would depend on where exactly they are located. If they are more on the bone and not close to the tendons or joints, they probably won't cause issues. Based on my understanding, splints are usually only cosmetic once they're "healed".

Indie had a splint on each front leg, both were caused by trauma. One was more forward and a bit closer to her knee, and the other was slightly lower and farther back. I would talk to a vet or take pictures of them to post on here. Indie's were of a decent size but in the month and a half I had her, they never bothered her.
    10-10-2013, 07:12 PM
I have a few horses with splints. Its a sign of "trauma" but its a cosmetic thing most of the time. I would not discount a horse with splints from purchase. I am surprised that insurance companies discontinue them as they are fairly common in racehorses, which in my mind are often heavily insured. If you are looking for pleasure riding and the horse is sound I would not worry about it.
    10-10-2013, 09:42 PM
My old mare had an old one on her left front. She was in heavy work, regularly jumped 3ft+, jumped through grids up to 4ft3 and she never took a lame step in all the years I had her. It's a very minor issue in my mind.

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