i have a 4yo thoroughbred who has just developed some massice splints half way down his cannon bones on his front legs, ive hosed them and he is sound nw but they havnt gone down and look awful. does anyone know anything that will reduce them.? i have heard of this stuff you can paste on and it sort of burns them away but cant remember what its called.
Complete rest for 30 days, stable bandages with plenty of padding, Bute and cold hosing twice a day are the typical treatment for splints. If they are not responding, you may want to go ahead and have your vet take a look and take an x-ray as it is possible that your horse has fractured the splint bone itself.
there is this cream called arnica which is supposed to be good, i used it on my horse and it worked ok.
It's best to speak with your vet. He/she might be able to inject the splints to reduce the swelling and the bone remodeling.
How old are the splints? If they are too old, the bone might already have too much remodeling to be able to reduce the splints to any extent without surgery to remove the splint or a portion of it.
As far as the painting something on that burns, it's called a blister--there are several different types, but they can be painful (sometimes pretty effective, though).
Again, it's best to talk to your vet before doing anything. Usually splints will only be painful for a short time, but after that they don't cause much trouble -- just ugly.
Also, you might want to investigate what caused them -- trauma, poor hoof balance, poor comformation, etc.
I've had success with magnetic boots before. I kept them on all the time to promote blood flow and in turn the healing process. It takes time but works. And certainly as above rest the horse, the bone is inflamed so working the horse will only make it worse.
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