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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.



Bucked shins


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

Reviewed in 2018

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