• WordNet 3.6
    • n pastern the part between the fetlock and the hoof
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Pastern is the part of a horse located on the foot between the fetlock and the hoof.
    • Pastern A patten.
    • Pastern A shackle for horses while pasturing.
    • Pastern The part of the foot of the horse, and allied animals, between the fetlock and the coffin joint. See Illust. of Horse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pastern The part of a horse's foot which corresponds to the extent of the pastern-bones. more particularly of the great pastern-bone, which occupies most of the extent between the fetlock-joint and the coronet of the hoof. This corresponds anatomically to the first phalanx of the middle finger or toe of a man's hand or foot. See pastern bone, and cuts under hoof, fetter-bone, Perissodactyla, and solidungulate.
    • n pastern A shackle placed on a horse's pastern while pasturing; a hobble or hobbles; a clog; a tether.
    • n pastern That part of a dog's foot just above the toes, or the metacarpals and metatarsals. Anatomically this corresponds to the palm of the hand and solo of the foot in man, or to the cannon-bone in a horse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pastern pas′tėrn the part of a horse's foot from the fetlock to the hoof, where the shackle is fastened.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of. pasturon, F. pâturon, fr. OF. pasture, a tether, for beasts while pasturing; prop., a pasturing. See Pasture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pasturon (Fr. pâturon)—O. Fr. pasture, pasture, a tether for a horse.


In literature:

Horses ain't got any ankles: they're only pasterns.
"At the Back of the North Wind" by George MacDonald
The Virginian noticed the slight limp of the mare, and how her pastern was cut as if with a stone or the sharp heel of a boot.
"The Virginian" by Owen Wister
Its hoofs are thin, and the pasterns are too low; the animal will soon go lame.
"Thais" by Anatole France
His broad, deep chest, his sinewy and quivering flank, his straight pastern, showed him to be a thoroughbred.
"Condensed Novels" by Bret Harte
Lad found his hold, just above the right pastern.
"Further Adventures of Lad" by Albert Payson Terhune
The hither horse greased in the off-pastern of the hind leg.
"The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I" by Tobias Smollett
His courser was Arabian, in whose crest and pastern show A glossy coat as soft as silk, as white as driven snow.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
Yet the swelling increased until from pastern to hock was neither shape nor grace.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
It is not that, but the shank of his horse, broken above the pastern joint!
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid
It was a big, compact animal with the long sloping pasterns of a horse bred for speed.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum