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Veterinary Recommended Treatment For Equine Splints


Treatment of Splints in Horses

(by J.M. Leonard VMD)

  • A splint is not a benign injury. Splints are unsightly blemishes. They detract from the appearance and value of horses. They may even be the cause of clinical lameness. A horse with a splint injury should receive immediate attention.
  • Splintex aids in the effective elimination of hot or cold splints with simple, topical application. Splintex Silver is indicated for hot (fresh) splints, and Splintex Gold is indicated for cold (older) splints.
  • The first action to take is to remove the cause of the splint as much as possible.
  • Horses with fresh splints should receive lay-ups from 2 to 4 weeks with exercise limited to hand walking and treatment with Splintex Silver. Horses with older splints that do not cause clinical lameness can be used without interruption to conditioning, training, showing and every day use during treatment with Splintex Gold.
  • "I have found that when Splintex is used on acute periostitis of the second and fourth metacarpal or metatarsal bones that it can prevent the deposition of bone leading to an exostoses, commonly known as a splint. I feel by following the directions given that the chemical ingredients of Splintex produce an increased oxygen tension in the localized area. This will prevent the deposition of new bone. Also, due to the prolonged inflammatory response, there is a drop in the tissue pH, which is also incompatible with the deposition or laydown of new bone. Because of the renewed inflammatory response from the chemicals within Splintex it will stimulate delayed or healing fatigue causing the local tissue and periosteum to reduce in size as the healing becomes more complete."
    L.H. Evans DVM
  • Clinical trials indicate that Splintex is totally effective without causing pain of irritation, burning or blistering. See Case Studies 1 and 2.
  • Splintex is economical.
  • Splintex does not contain any restricted ingredients. Ingredients are listed on the label.

Fresh Splints:

Fresh splints are best treated topically with Silver Splintex t.m. and gauze or cotton bandage. (Leg brush included.) Elimination of the fresh splint may occur in 15 days although some cases require additional treatment.

Horses with hot splints should receive lay-up or complete rest with exercise limited to hand walking.


Cold Splints:

Cold splints are best treated topically with Gold Splintex t.m., bandaging optional. (Leg brush included). At approximately 20 days the enlargements appear to flatten with dramatic reduction of the splint as early as 30 days. Continue treatment if required.

Horses with cold splints may follow their daily routines without interruption unless lameness is present.

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