(yes- Jay has one).
For example, at local to Agricultural level in a Working Hunter or maybe even a Show Hunter class, then provided it's not too unsightly, then I think it wouldn't be held against an otherwise pleasing exhibit.
On Show Ponies or Riding Horse types and at big shows, they're a bit more frowned upon.
A local saddler sells some stuff which really does reduce them, but it's nasty - and expensive  )
ohhh and that is......??????
Any good on oldish splints? See Jays developed without me knowing, was one of those that appeared end of winter/early spring, all hard n formed and never a wince of lameness! Hasn't been an issue at all just annoys me that it's there really!!:angry: Anyway, tis one of those and although not big I PREY it will get smaller but it doesn't appear to have done over the summer:ermm:
We'd be local, can't see us hitting the spotlights of HOYS and the likes:hehe:
Other classes may be more strict. Although even in WJH class a judge may hate splints :(
The stuff you need for splints in Splintex - Gold for older splints
Simple answer was no! Not on old hard splints. Could have helped it's reduction if picked up when soft and new with DMSO.
But he says 12-18mths is what it will take for it have any noticable change in reduction naturally. Nothing on this planet will help hard formed splints. So I won't be wasting my money on any 'stuff' and will leave it be to reduce au-naturel. Oh well:)
Last year my daughter came back to the yard in tears after checking the horses. Our then yearling had thrown up a matching pair of big splints. She had fancied showing him and she couldn't believe the state of his legs :w00t:
They have gone now though :w00t: Disappeared ) I've seen that a few times with youngsters so if it does happen, don't fret, they may reabsorb them :)
[quote]Nothing on this planet will help hard formed splints[/quote]
I lied -there's surgery! But not going down that route:w00t:
And no you can't really do anything unless it is very recent and still in soft state. I've already been down the 'ask me vet' route (prev page):doze:
The problem can arise on both forelimbs and hindlimbs. The splint bones flank each side of the cannon bones, and are long, thin, slightly curved bones which taper down towards the fetlock and end a little way above. They are attached to the cannon bones by very flexible ligaments in young horses, but as the horse grows older become unified with the bone.
Splints form when the tissue which lines the splint bones becomes damaged and inflamed. The body reacts by producing new bone to compensate, usually rougher and less dense than the original bone. There is also further swelling and pain around the formation of this bony lump. Eventually the new bone becomes visible under the skin of the leg, in a lump known as a splint. This lump, once it has formed, may change shape and become smoother, but it is permanent.
Splint bones can also fracture - much as my own shin bones did! - but this causes a widespread swelling and the horse is more lame, for a longer period.
Splints form in three ways, known as true, false and blind splints.
A true splint is when the ligament between the splint bone and cannon bone tears. The swelling will appear on the groove between the splint and cannon bones.
A false splint is caused by concussion or other trauma to the cannon bone, and is seen on the outside surface of the splint bone. This kind is usually caused by kicks.
A blind splint occurs on the inside surface of the splint bone, and is very difficult to detect as there is no outward swelling as there is with other splints.
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