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KittyB
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Posted - 02 Jun 2011 :  1:57:50 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add KittyB to your friends list Send KittyB a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just backed George has thrown a split on his near fore. He's not lame and there's no heat in it. I've rested him for 2 weeks but the vet says I can start working him again provided it's not painful for him. He's showing no signs at all of any pain. It's the size of a marble just below his knee on the inside of his foreleg - nice and visible! A question - do splints ever disappear on their own once they're formed, or does it involve great expense and vet treatment to get rid? He's not a top quality show horse, so I'm not so concerned about his blemish(es) (he's very accident prone!), but it would be a shame to miss out at local level because of his lumps and bumps. Any advice greatly appreciated.

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rosie
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Posted - 02 Jun 2011 :  3:31:14 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rosie to your friends list Send rosie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bertie threw a huge one as a 2 year old just playing in the field - never lame and we didn't touch it and totally disappeared within 6 months!
My old mare,had one as a 4 yr old, & I painted some liquid on it (so long ago I can't remember what it was-sorry) and that also disappeared.
Personally, I would give the horse a good few months off so as not to aggravate it, but if your vet says its ok to start working him again then thats ok.
Good luck




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Etoile
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Posted - 02 Jun 2011 :  5:07:53 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Etoile to your friends list Send Etoile a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Senj got medium sized splints on both front legs as a six year old - probably due to a combination of too much work and not very wonderful shoeing. As didn't want to show just wanted to continue his hacking waited for him to come sound, started riding again though doing less work for a while and eventually changed blacksmith . Now several years later they have vanished. Surprised me I have to say I thought once there they didn't go away. Here's hoping George's also do a disappearing act.

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Callisto
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Posted - 03 Jun 2011 :  01:56:17 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Callisto to your friends list Send Callisto a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lily my five year old developed a small splint just under her knee a couple of months ago, the vet told me to rest her and boot her up when I put her back into work, but didn't recommend any treatment to reduce it. I took her out for a trial hack last week, but she was still feeling it (not lame but short) so I am leaving her for the present time, not least because the ground is so hard at the moment. I did a search on here for info about splints and the general concensus appeared to be rest as the best treatment, (at least that is how I read it ).

Zahkira (GR Amaretto x Taffetta)
Linda
East Sussex
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KittyB
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Posted - 03 Jun 2011 :  1:48:02 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add KittyB to your friends list Send KittyB a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the guidance. I'm hoping it will disappear in time. No doubt his emergency stops and handbrake turns in the field have something to do with it!

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Qui Gon Jinn
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Posted - 05 Jun 2011 :  10:54:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Qui Gon Jinn's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Qui Gon Jinn to your friends list Send Qui Gon Jinn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Merlyn threw a massive splint when he was just turning 4. He was never lame and the vet felt it was as a result of running round the field at high speed (something he still does 2 years later!). Anyway, I tried all sorts of different things on it.........splintex, lemon juice etc. and nothing worked. It has gone down a good way, but like your's it is very visable on his near fore. I'm hoping that within another couple of years it will have gone enough to be not so noticeable!

Good luck with yours.

The Soul would have no Rainbow....If the Eyes had shed no Tears.
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Ari
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Posted - 25 Jun 2011 :  5:15:38 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ari to your friends list Send Ari a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ari through a splint at 2yrs just doing what youngters do! Never lame but it looked massive on those fine legs to his paranoid mum. It takes a while for them go down but I can only just feel it now its so tiny.
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Qui Gon Jinn
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Posted - 26 Jun 2011 :  12:34:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit Qui Gon Jinn's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Qui Gon Jinn to your friends list Send Qui Gon Jinn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What age is Ari now?

I've just bought a product called Bone Radiol to try on Merlyn so with any luck his may go down a bit more

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Ari
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Posted - 27 Jun 2011 :  9:06:43 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ari to your friends list Send Ari a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ari is 8 now and the splint reduced when he was 6ish. To be honest as it never bothered him I got used to it being there and it went away as he matured. Same thing happened with my old girl, threw a splint at 4yrs that just reduced with time. She's 29 with a few odd bumps here and there and still sound but no splint.
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pinkvboots
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Posted - 28 Jun 2011 :  10:07:15 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pinkvboots to your friends list Send pinkvboots a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Arabi had one come up at about 5 was huge never lame though, his 7 now and its much smaller can just see it.

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triple velvet
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Posted - 28 Jun 2011 :  9:31:09 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add triple velvet to your friends list Send triple velvet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry to move in on your thread but just wanted a little advise as well.

My 4 yr old has also blown 2 splints on both front legs.Splint are a few months old maybe down to hard ground or sh**ty farrier whom I have only had the past few months!
They are at identical places both were the size of half golf balls. One has gone down to almost nearly vanishing to the other being a little stubborn!! I have tried some potion of the vets that didn't work! Splintex did ok on the second time I used it as didn't bandage the first time (says on pack no need to)
I have found hosing worked mostly, but being impatient and mare getting fat due to not being long reined (newly backed as well). Now trying magnetic stable boots. Into first week will see how we go.

What I would like to know is do any of you still ride your horses with splints? how long do you give before lightly working? she has no heat and no lameness. Have new farrier coming Saturday to look at her hooves as they look unbalanced. She really does like to work and needs to work stop her getting too fat, we have done a few mins long reining but feared of doing to much in case we make splints worse.

Thanks for reading, look forward to your experiences.




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Callisto
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Posted - 28 Jun 2011 :  10:14:17 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Callisto to your friends list Send Callisto a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On the advice of my vet I waited until Lily was sound, and then gentle hacking, with protective boots on to prevent any knocks etc. Kept it very quiet due to very hard ground until recent rain. Unfortunately I have to go away for work this week, but when I get back I intend to start getting her fit again. (Start with lots of walking, then gradually building up from there). Hope this helps.

Zahkira (GR Amaretto x Taffetta)
Linda
East Sussex
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EJ
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England
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Posted - 21 Jan 2013 :  10:56:10 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add EJ to your friends list Send EJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What can you do to prevent them i have just broken in my 4 yr old and am just doing very light hacking but am always worried about him getting them as i want to show him and am thinking of bandaging his legs up does this actually make any difference? thanks x
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garnet
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Posted - 25 Jan 2013 :  4:26:57 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add garnet to your friends list Send garnet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Garnet threw splints at 10 and they both disappeared completely.

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Emmajane
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England
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Posted - 16 Jun 2014 :  8:22:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Emmajane's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Emmajane to your friends list Send Emmajane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
my horse got one at 5 about 4 months ago. Never any heat or lameness. Very checked it and said don't trot on roads much (!?) anyway its huge. so reading about all of yours that have gone or shrunk is great news. fingers crossed.

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barbara.gregory
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Posted - 17 Jun 2014 :  10:27:05 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add barbara.gregory to your friends list Send barbara.gregory a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My gelding got huge ones on both front legs at the DIY livery as all the horses were out in a huge field and galloped around on hard, rough ground. He was never lame and not painful to the touch. He also got huge wind galls on both rear fetlocks and he was onlt 3, not even backed. I found a place on my own and they went down over the course of a year or two and he was never lame and was PTS at almost 32 a few years ago with perfect legs, not a sign of a splint or windgall.

Barbara

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