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Coffin Joint Collateral Ligament Injury

Collateral ligaments are heavy, thick ligaments on the inside (medial) and outside (lateral) sides of a joint. They limit movement of the bones of a joint to one plane.

Although uncommon, injuries to the collateral ligaments between P2 and P3 do occur in performance horses that repeatedly load or overload these ligaments. Twisting and turning movements can result in stress and tears to the ligaments.

Signs of this injury can vary, but usually include moderate lameness and firm swellings above the coronet.

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