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    The treatment of splints

    25th June 2015

    The treatment of splints
    All about splints
     
    Splints manifest themselves as swellings and bony enlargements located on the splint bones on both forelegs 
     
    and hindlegs of horses.
     
    According to the George Veterinary Group, splints are not uncommon. “Many of us own a horse with a splint 
     
    on one or more legs. In most cases, this gives us no cause for concern and the horse performs normally with no 
     
    adverse consequences,” Veterinary Partner Linda Belton explains on their website. “However, in certain cases, 
     
    a splint can cause long-term chronic lameness and they are also considered a significant blemish in the show-
     
    ring.”
     
    What is a splint?
     
    The splint bones on inside and outside of the cannon bone are largely non-weightbearing. The splint bones are 
     
    attached to the cannon bone by the interosseus ligament, and tearing of this ligament through either internal 
     
    trauma such as fast exercise, or external trauma, such as a fracture of the splint bone, results in inflammation 
     
    in the ligament, which leads to proliferative bone growth and a hard lump on the cannon bone.
     
    Here are some top tips for prevention of splints
     
     Avoid excessive concussion and strain, especially with young horses
     
     Maintain hooves properly
     
     Feed nutritionally balanced feed and forage, especially to young horses
     
    Treatment
     
    Here at Clippersharp, we recommend a topical product called ‘Splintex’.
     
    Fresh splints are best treated topically with Silver Splintex and gauze or cotton bandage. (Leg brush included 
     
    when this is purchased.) Elimination of the fresh splint may occur as early as three five day cycles, although 
     
    some cases require additional treatment. Horses with hot splints should receive complete rest, with exercise 
     
    limited to hand walking.
     
    Cold splints are best treated topically with Gold Splintex, with bandaging optional. (Leg brush included when 
     
    purchased). At approximately 20 days into treatment, the enlargements appear to flatten, with dramatic 
     
    reduction of the splint as early as 30 days. Treatment should be continued to achieve complete 
     
    elimination. Horses with cold splints may follow their daily routines without interruption, unless lameness is 
     
    present.
     
     
    Silver: 30ml
     
    Formulated for hot splints. Fresh splints may typically be seen up to 60 days after initial 
     
    appearance. Important: Allow the horse total rest; total treatment time may be 15 days, or 3 five day cycles.
     
    Gold: 60ml 
     
    Formulated for cold splints and other indications such as capped hocks, sesamoiditis and early 
     
    ringbone. Interruption to the horse’s daily routine is usually not required. Total treatment time may be in 
     
    excess of 30 days.
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