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On each side of the cannon bone is a long narrow bone known as the splint bone.┬áThere are two main conditions which affect the splint bones: The term “splints” commonly refers to an inflammatory condition and a calcium lump on the bone, while the term “broken splint bone” refers to a fracture of the splint bone and a calcium lump where it is trying to heal. When lameness in this area occurs, the above conditions may be confused.

An injury to the horse causing a splint may be the result of direct trauma, such as a kick, or a concussion resulting from jumping, running or working.

Veterinarians use many different methods to treat “splints”, but most would agree that the horse should be rested and placed on soft ground for at least 30 days.

The outlook is good for most horses except those in which the bony growth is large and interferes with the knee joint or the suspensory ligament. Sometimes surgery may be helpful in these difficult condition.

Fractures of the splint bones must be differentiated from the inflammatory condition known as “splints”. Fractures of the splint bones can occur anywhere along their length, but are most commonly located at the lower third. Heat, pain and swelling will occur over the fracture site. The more acute the fracture, the more severe the swelling.

When a horse is recovering from an injury, massage will help keep surrounding muscles from taking on an excessive load. Keep muscles supple and loose will help the recovery process and keep the tightening in the injured area from being passed to the next group of muscles.



Technological Advances for Healing Injuries

Most horse owners have heard of stem cell therapy for their injured horses. A new form of treatment was approved by the FDA this spring. It is a form of stem cell therapy that is injected under the skin and combined with supplements that are targeted to treat specific conditions.

Some of the conditions that have successfully responded to StemPhase are: soft tissue injuries, arthritis, spinal problems, neck problems, suspensory and other ligament injuries, navicular, ring bone, side bone. It also seems to speed healing for post operative equine patients.

In clinical trials, almost all horses had a high cure rate with no negative side effects. 90% of the 1800 horses were cured with a single injection. For horses that have seemed beyond help, there is hope!

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