Equine Ailments - A to Z
Splint - A bony enlargement between the large and small metacarpal bones, often on the inside of the fore legs, in young horses. They are most frequently encountered in horses under five years old. They vary in size from a small split pea size to a henís egg. The usual cause is concussion, though on occasions it might be through injury. As they form, they may be warm and cause lameness, but mature splints are cold and rarely cause trouble.
Treatment - Rest and anti-inflammatory drugs are usually recommended.