My horse has a biggish (1/2 golf ball sized?) splint on the inside of a foreleg.
Because of its location and shape (more conical, less rounded), he tends to catch it when turned out, and will open a little wound.
I've tried boots, but they tend to rub the skin off it, and I don't love turning out in boots in general.
Today, after some battles with cellulitis from an infection from him opening it up again, we x-rayed it. The actual bony portion was very small--it seems as though most of the mass is soft tissue. Does anyone have experience with trying to reduce old soft tissue? Besides blistering.
Do you think that will help reduce the old scar tissue (splint is ~3 yo) or mostly help prevent new from forming?
I don't know. I did that with Jet when he got huge splints on both front legs as a 2 yr old after being turned out in the mud, and they disappeared in about 8 months. I don't know how it would work on an old splint.
My horse used to have a big, old splint, but when he injured his suspensory on the same leg the splint went away amidst treatment with icing, poultice, and standing wraps, especially back on track wraps. Now the splint is hardly noticeable at all.