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(spăv`ĭn), disease of horses affecting the hock joint. There are two types—bog spavin, in which the hock joint is distended as a result of the collection of synovial fluid; and bone spavin, the bony enlargement of the bones that constitute the hock joint. The latter is a form of arthritis and causes inflammation, swelling, and lameness. Spavin can be caused by faulty conformation, strain, or excessive concussion. Treatment consists of rest, corrective shoeing, the application of blistering ointment, and surgery.
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This piece of equine ethnography represents seriously spavined science, as Gulliver's field observations of Yahoo communality demonstrate.
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The best thing we're restoring is them, not the church," Pat Taylor says as he watches three teenagers shovel dirt into wheelbarrows and then empty the dirt into his spavined truck.
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