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Anyone had success with Splintex? Any "witch doctor" splint treatments?

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  • Anyone had success with Splintex? Any "witch doctor" splint treatments?

    I have a few young horses who have popped small splints, mostly due to poor farrier work.
    I have given them time off, and then re-started light work. But i came across the Splintex website this morning and i am intrigued, its not too expensive. Anyone used Splintex before?
    Also what do you all use for splints otherwise? dmso? wrapping? poultice?
    Thank you for the help in advance
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    #2
    btw- Got a new farrier, he is an AFA Certified Journeymen Farrier and is phenominal

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    • #3
      If you are looking for "witch doctor" cures there is this one:

      http://chronofhorse.com/forum/showth...ing+pin+splint


      Sorry, I couldn't resist!

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      • #4
        Splint help.

        I would make sure it was the farrier work that was the cause. A few horses all getting splints at the same time sounds like you need to be sure and find the underlying cause.
        I do not use a blister anymore. Of course any suggestions you get here should be run by your vet. These are only things that have worked for me, with the help of my vet.
        DMSO gel, add to that a long acting and a short acting steriod.
        Clean the leg and be sure to get all dirt, medications ect off.
        Use gloves, with a small paint brush apply the mix to the entire splint area. SOAK a Brown paper bag, cut into lengths that fit your horse from knee to below the fetlock. Apply the wet paper bag, be a smooth as you can be. Apply saran wrap over the bag, only as snug as the bag. Put on a correctly padded and rolled, standing bandage. Be sure to change every day. If the horse is still in a little pain, your vet might add a small amount of NSAIDS, just until the initial pain goes away.
        Again, be sure you run everything past your vet first.
        I also think there is a different topic board for "Horse Care", a lot of really smart horsemen and women and ideas there. I have been impressed with the knowledge on that board.
        Good Luck

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        • #5
          ...and he say OooEeee OOOOAA AAA Ping Pang Allawalla Ting Tang

          1 gallon apple cider vinegar
          1 jar allum
          2 sm. apothecary bottles of oil of wintergreen

          Shake well. Apply liberally to splint. Wrap w/Cotton quilt for several hours.

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          • #6
            Do I smell bacon?

            Ok, this is as witch-doctory as they get as far as I'm concerned......AND it was done with success by one of the best......Jack LeGoff.

            I was a groom for the USET 3 day team from 1971-1972. We had a nice 6 yr. old mare pop a splint and Jack had me go to the butcher shop and buy a piece of pigskin that had about an inch of fat on it. He shaved the green splint, slapped that pigskin on the area, fat side down, covered it with aluminium foil, kendall cotton, sheet cotton and a flannel wrap. It stayed in place for three days without removing.

            When it came off (pee-eeeeuuuuuu) I had to wash the area completely with ivory soap and dry. Her leg blew up and was pretty hot for a day or so and we hand walked her. She was never off. When the swelling went down.....bingo....no more splint. Windfall was hand walked for another three weeks and then put back to work. I've never needed to use this trick, but I know it worked on her.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Big Belgian View Post
              Ok, this is as witch-doctory as they get as far as I'm concerned......AND it was done with success by one of the best......Jack LeGoff.

              I was a groom for the USET 3 day team from 1971-1972. We had a nice 6 yr. old mare pop a splint and Jack had me go to the butcher shop and buy a piece of pigskin that had about an inch of fat on it. He shaved the green splint, slapped that pigskin on the area, fat side down, covered it with aluminium foil, kendall cotton, sheet cotton and a flannel wrap. It stayed in place for three days without removing.

              When it came off (pee-eeeeuuuuuu) I had to wash the area completely with ivory soap and dry. Her leg blew up and was pretty hot for a day or so and we hand walked her. She was never off. When the swelling went down.....bingo....no more splint. Windfall was hand walked for another three weeks and then put back to work. I've never needed to use this trick, but I know it worked on her.
              No way man! I'd rather deal with a horse on stall rest, than deal with rotten-ness on my horses leg!

              We had my mare in a stall with a run. She survived without anything on her.

              p.s. Rolling pin? On a splint!? That sounds like an awesome way to get kicked in the head! Let me rub a rolling pin on your splintered bone! OUCH!
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              • #8
                I recall a concoction involving iodine crystals (good luck getting those now!), phenol, and some sort of solvent. I have also used just an iodine solution, applied every couple of days. Over time the splint flattens out, tho I'm not sure it's actual volume decreases.

                There is supposedly a track guy, maybe dead by now, who used to whip something up on the backside of one of the So Cal tracks.

                I have seen the Splintex work, at least to an extent. There are two kinds, IIRC. One for fresh splints and one for more aged ones.
                The Evil Chem Prof

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                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  hehe,
                  i was just curious about the witch doctor voodoo magicks!
                  I ordered two bottles of the splintex today, the gold and the silver. One for hot splints and one for cold splints that are older.
                  in the past i have never worried about this, but now that i have youngsters standing on the line its important to have clean legs!
                  thanks for the laughs! no rolling pins or pig fat for me thank you!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hollynanne View Post

                    p.s. Rolling pin? On a splint!? That sounds like an awesome way to get kicked in the head! Let me rub a rolling pin on your splintered bone! OUCH!
                    A splint is not a "splintered bone". A "splint" is most often caused by the interosseous ligament that join the spint bone to the cannon bone being injured. Causing inflammation and calcification to the splint area.

                    And yes splint bones can fracture, but that is less common than the ligament being injured.
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                    • #11
                      I used Splintex Gold on an old, cold (small) splint with decent results. I hear it can take 30-60 days to really notice a difference, and that the 'downsizing' time can be lessened with regular exercise. (Splintex silver is for fresh splints, Gold is for old splints) and 1 can goes a LONG way. I recently picked up an OTTB that had a pretty decent size one, and the vet determined it was still remodeling, so I said I had some Splintex leftover from the other horse, but she had me use a DMSO/Furazone 50/50 mix (the furazone cuts the DMSO just a bit) and then 30ml of Dex. I apply once a day, and it's been 3 weeks (she wants to re-check in 6 weeks) and I've definitely noticed a difference.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TooManyChickens View Post
                        I used Splintex Gold on an old, cold (small) splint with decent results. I hear it can take 30-60 days to really notice a difference, and that the 'downsizing' time can be lessened with regular exercise. (Splintex silver is for fresh splints, Gold is for old splints) and 1 can goes a LONG way. I recently picked up an OTTB that had a pretty decent size one, and the vet determined it was still remodeling, so I said I had some Splintex leftover from the other horse, but she had me use a DMSO/Furazone 50/50 mix (the furazone cuts the DMSO just a bit) and then 30ml of Dex. I apply once a day, and it's been 3 weeks (she wants to re-check in 6 weeks) and I've definitely noticed a difference.
                        30 mL of Dex assuming that's 2mg/mL and not 4mg/mL that's 60mg of Dex

                        Guess that's why you only had to do one dose...

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                        • #13
                          The 30ml was mixed with 8oz of Furazone and 8 oz of DMSO. We're talking big tubs here 60 days worth of application. And it's applied once a day, so if I mixed it up right, he's getting .5ml/day of the dex on the splint in the mixture.

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                          • #14
                            Splintex Gold?

                            Did the Splintex Gold make it ugly looking or blister during the application?

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                            • #15
                              Nope.. not at all. The guy I was mainly treating was super hairy.. I'm taking Yak/sasquatch/squirrels nest kinda consistency.. so I shaved just that area, and treated according to the instructions, 3 days in a row, then 2 days off. It says to be careful not to overlap the brush strokes but I did all the time.. not on purpose, but he liked to move. I think maybe in the first 2 weeks he may have lost a little hair because of my messy overlapping, but it came right back. Never any blistering or other odd skin issues.

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                              • #16
                                I've used the Splintex Gold.. Never again.. I washed and scrubbed her legs clean before each application and it blistered my mares legs so bad she had open deep wounds about an inch and a half in diameter! They took forever to heal over. I know use the Furazone/DMSO mix sweat, and it works way better in my opinion.
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                                • #17
                                  The vet gave us a solution of DMSO/ some sort of steriod mixed in a spray bottle to put on the leg of a horse who just had a splint surgically removed (was growing into ligaments) to inhibit it from growing back. I wonder if it would work on a forming splint?
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                                  • #18
                                    it was gone?!

                                    What do you suppose happened to it or, was it still there skin intact?
                                    Originally posted by hollynanne View Post
                                    No way man! I'd rather deal with a horse on stall rest, than deal with rotten-ness on my horses leg!

                                    We had my mare in a stall with a run. She survived without anything on her.

                                    p.s. Rolling pin? On a splint!? That sounds like an awesome way to get kicked in the head! Let me rub a rolling pin on your splintered bone! OUCH!
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                                    • #19
                                      I usually just use "tincture of time". That is "time", not "thyme". I have used many other things too, DMSO/steroid/furacin paint, blisters of various types. Sometimes the splint goes down, sometimes it doesn't. I tend to think it would have done what it did no matter what you paint on it.

                                      My rather ignorant trail riding friend had a two year old with a dandy big splint right under his knee this summer. They had not noticed it. It was big and scarey enough that I suggested getting some paint for this one, which they did not bother to do. The splint is gone now. Tincture of time only.

                                      The most effective treatment for splints that WILL NOT HEAL and are causing lameness is freeze firing. Leaves a couple of white hairs, but not a bad trade off for the problem being solved.
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                                      • #20
                                        I have been very sucessful reducing the size of splints with the "Bionicare" machine.

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