Splint Boots For Sale
Below are splint boots, or combo boots that include splint boots, for sale on Amazon. Please scroll down for a brief article about splint boots and the purpose of using them.
Below: Splint boots.
Below are splint boots for sale on eBay.
The Purpose Of Splint Boots
Splint boots are protective boots designed to help prevent a horse from injuring itself if it should interfere (accidentally strikes itself with one of its own legs) during hard or active riding. Some owners will also put splint boots on a horse during turnout-time if they feel the horse is likely to buck or play.
Splint boots are placed on the cannon bone to protect another, smaller bone called the splint bone. The splint bone is small and thin, and is found on the inside and outside of a horse's cannon bone on all four legs. Splint boots are designed to protect the splint bone on the inside of the horse's cannon since there is little chance of interfering on the outside. Since it is more common for a horse to interfere on the front legs than the back legs, splint boots are usually put on the front legs only.
More About Splint Bones
As stated above a splint bone is a small bone (about the size of a pencil at the top and tapering down to be much smaller) found on the inside and outside of all four cannon bones of a horse's legs. They are thought by most researchers and scientists to be remnants of toes from prehistoric horses and have no function in horses today. If a splint bone should break or "pop" (become slightly separated from the cannon bone) most horses experience pain, but once the splint bone has "set" or healed it is typically pain free. A popped splint that has healed may leave a slight, visible bulge but this is usually only a blemish and is seldom a health or soundness concern.
Below: Splint boots being used with bell boots.
Below: Cheetah print combo boots being used with matching bell boots.
Below: Bell boots and splint boots attached to a stirrup. You see this a lot at horse shows, rodeos, and other horse-related events. It's an easy way to keep them handy.
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