October 7, 2014 at 9:16 am
My 3 yr. old Paint gelding, Lex, recently popped a splint (about 2 weeks ago). I spoke with my vet, and I have been icing, wrapping in standing wraps, applying dmso & cooling liniment, and hand walking twice a day. My vet instructed me to give him a trial lunge on Sunday, so I did so. I kept him on a pretty small circle, so he wouldn’t get crazy, but he long trotted without limping or lameness. My vet said to go ahead and start light riding him, but I am unsure. I tried lunging him again yesterday, and outside, on uneven footing, he seemed slightly off. I am thinking he needs more time to heal, but I am just wondering what the normal time for a splint to heal is? I thought it was about 6 weeks, not 2. Any suggestions?
*I have stopped applying dmso because it was burning his skin. Also, he was on bute for 2 days, but he ended up being allergic. When I test-lunged him the first time, he had not had bute in 6 days.October 22, 2014 at 3:10 pmMapaleTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421
There’s a really good discussion on the splint injury here:
With tendon injuries, you do not lunge in small circles, I’d bet the same is true of splints. Pain/anti-inflammatory strategies I have used successfully included EPF-5 and previcox, but if your horse is still in discomfort, follow your instincts and rest him longer before work. You are probably the best judge of his ‘normal’. (Would a flexion test here help you decide?)
Hope Lex is sound again very soon, ponygirl!
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...December 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm
Thank you for your help! Lex is doing much better now. Since he is so young, I do lunge him, and due to the weather here in Northeast Ohio, we are usually forced to do so in our small indoor ring. I do not lunge him long because I know it’s not good for his legs. I bought Professional’s Choice Elite Sports Medicine Boots for all 4 legs, and he wears shock-absorbing bell boots on his front hooves now. I also poltice or rub liniment in all 4 of his legs after every ride. So I guess now I might be a little paranoid about his legs, but I do not enjoy dealing with leg injuries! I am hoping for many more injury-free years of riding now! 🙂December 12, 2014 at 3:29 pmMapaleTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421
It sounds like you are doing all you can for him. The only other thing I would recommend would be a supplement like SmartRehab? for a period of time. One of my horses is on it and it works well for her – best she’s been in years – but she is an older mare, so if you are considering it, you should talk with someone at Smartpak and see if that is the best for your situation. It might be too much in Lex’s case and he might not need it.
We should start a club – I, too, am paranoid about legs!
Glad to hear that Lex is better. Many happy trails with him!
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...December 15, 2014 at 7:39 am
When he was first injured, I called SmartPak to ask if I should put him on SmartRehab. He is already on SmartCombo Ultra though, so they said that he was getting the highest levels of everything he needed. After talking to them, I decided to leave him on the SmartCombo Ultra.
Don’t you just want to wrap your horse’s legs in chilled bubble wrap all the time?! haha Sometimes I wonder what I would be moving like if my legs got the care that my horses do! lol
Thanks again for you help 🙂
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