One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two small bones in the foreleg of a horse or other large quadruped, lying behind and close to the cannon bone.
- ‘Other possibilities of her condition could be old injury to the metatarsal, or splint bones, on the inside aspect of her hind legs due to interference or just old fractures of these bones.’
- ‘Many evolutionists claim that the horse's splint bones in their legs are vestigial, that is, useless leftovers from its alleged evolutionary past.’
- ‘But he fractured a splint bone while training for the Donn Handicap and was retired to stud at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky.’
- ‘Stable companion Scarthy Lad banged a splint bone when he won at Clonmel earlier in the month and will be out of action until the new year.’
- ‘This Fleet Is Due, who was a fast-closing fourth in the Haskell Invitational Handicap, popped a splint bone in his left front leg, Daily Racing Form reports.’
- ‘Trained by Patrick Byrne for owner Richard Nip's Serengeti Stable, Eugene's Third Son came out of the Arkansas Derby with a fractured splint bone in his right front leg.’
- ‘Bellamy Road, the beaten favorite in the Derby off of his 17 1/2-length victory in the Wood Memorial Stakes, came out of his last start with an injured splint bone.’
- ‘The colt fractured the splint bone and chipped a piece of the sesamsoid bone in the same leg.’
- ‘Finally, there is the large modern horse, Equus, with only one toe, while all that is left of the other two are ‘vestigial’ splint bones.’
- ‘So because of that and the time of year, we elected to just retire her to stud rather than take the splint bone out and try again.’
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