Cannon splints

I own a 2 yo.,16.1 hand, 1/2 han, 1/2 arab colt that I stable at home. He has a wonderfull disposition, and has, or rather had exemplary conformation except for the fact that last fall, his yearling year, he out of the blue came up with a large splint on the inside of his cannon about 1/2 way up.I own a 2 yo.,16.1 hand, 1/2 han, 1/2 arab colt that I stable at home. He has a wonderfull disposition, and has, or rather had exemplary conformation except for the fact that last fall, his yearling year, he out of the blue came up with a large splint on the inside of his cannon about 1/2 way up.

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dr. Lowder:

I own a 2 yo.,16.1 hand, 1/2 han, 1/2 arab colt that I stable at home. He has a wonderfull disposition, and has, or rather had exemplary conformation except for the fact that last fall, his yearling year, he out of the blue came up with a large splint on the inside of his cannon about 1/2 way up.

I mean this thing was huge, I hosed it daily for about a month and under veterinary advice, put dmso on it, in the hopes of reducing or even perhaps getting it to reabsorb, it did diminish, somewhat. He never had a lame step at all.

Now, out of the blue again he has another one on the outside of his cannon, just below his knee. It isn’t nearly as large, but the location scares me. Once again I am planning on the same treatment, and in addition a seasoned horseman told me about another remedy where you cold hose, and then put some sort of drawing, grease based salve on it, and wrap it in saran wrap, and then over wrap with polos to keep it warm and moist. Rhen daily use a glass bottle to lightly tap at the splint to hopefully break it up and cause it to reabsorb again.

He hasn’t taken 1 lame step. This colt has daily turnout and is not one to realy run around. He just goes with the flow of the rest of the herd. I’m seeking advise on how to perhaps get rid of these splints, and ideas of why they are occuring? He doesn’t really get worked, maybe every 2 weeks, and that is lounging or ground driving for around 20 min. He really is a quiet colt.

Please give me your suggestions?

Todd Berger

Todd,

There is little to do about the splints once you have them. The best treatment is prevention. Splints in most cases are due to either trauma or stress.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder