RING-BONE. The term ringbones is given to hard swellings extending round the fore part of the foot in the form of a ring, on the lower part of the pastern near the coronet; they occasionally appear a little above the coronet only on each side; they are then termed splinters of a ring-bone. The causes of these affections are various; they are produced by strains, blows, and other causes, which occasion a diminution of synovia, when the great and little pastern bones enter more closely into contact with each other, producing stiffness of the joint. The former as frequently arises from a blow as any other cause, the latter from a stub; they are said to be occasionally hereditary. Cure, Firing the only remedy likely to do good.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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