Q: My six-year-old cob type horse has been diagnosed with a splint.
What is this and will it lead to lameness? Also are there any homeopathic
remedies, which will help?
splint occurs when there is damage to the ligaments, which attach
the splint bone to the cannon bone. A splint bone is comparable
to a small toe or finger that is not used for support. Horses stand
on just one toe, which has a hoof on the end of it. When damage
occurs to ligaments between splint and the cannon bone, the tissue
does not easily heal completely and is always prone to becoming
inflamed again, causing pain and lameness.
The worse thing
that can happen with a horse prone to splints is that the lameness
comes and goes frequently never healing properly and always causing
problems. A three-month period of rest is often necessary to recover
from such problems. The inflammation may also affect the knee or
hock joints if you are very unlucky. I think perhaps the nest way
of tackling splints is by using homeopathic remedies.
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remedies to strengthen the bone and dampen down inflammation can
settle conditions quite dramatically. Would be best to have a work
with a local homeopathic vet to seek the best advice for your horse.
our practice we use Arnica 200c when the pain first starts (hourly
for four doses), thereafter giving Ruta grav 1M three times daily
for up to a week. This helps to prevent enlargement of and calm
the coating (periosteum) of the bone. When splints persist Calc
fluor 30c can be given.
needs to be given twice weekly for up to three months. We have good
success treating new splints, but these options are always useful
when trying to treat older cases too.
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