cannon bone

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greatly developed metatarsal or metacarpal bone in the shank or cannon part of the leg in hoofed mammals

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Our study shows a clear statistical difference in the behavior of steers and heifers with thicker and wider bones versus steers and heifers with narrow, thinner bones," says Lanier, who measured the cannon bones of about 200 cattle and used a scoring system to compare them with the animal's behavior while being handled.
Bones most affected in horses are the cannon bones of the front legs.