Splints and bucked shins in horses

  • Splints are inflamed or fractured splint bones from long-term stress or injury.

  • Bucked shins refers to tiny stress fractures in the front of the cannon bones.

  • Treatment for splints and bucked shins often consists of rest and anti-inflammatory drugs.

  • Signs of bucked shins include pain, swelling around the area (soft and then hard) and sometimes lameness.

Splints

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Bucked shins

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Annette McCoy, DVM, former graduate student, College of Veterinary Medicine

Reviewed in 2018

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