- the projection of the leg of a horse behind the joint between the cannon bone and great pastern bone, bearing a tuft of hair.
- the tuft of hair itself.
- Also called fetlock joint. the joint at this point.
Origin of fetlock
Examples from the Web for fetlock
He stooped and fastened the straps about the forelegs of the horse just above the fetlock.The Gold Girl
James B. Hendryx
The fetlock is the prominent joint which is just above the hoof.The Horsewoman
Alice M. Hayes
There are three of these joints—the fetlock, pastern, and coffin.
The function of this tendon is to flex the foot at the fetlock.
There was no lameness and no swelling either at the fetlock or above the knee.
- a projection behind and above a horse's hoof: the part of the leg between the cannon bone and the pastern
- Also called: fetlock joint the joint at this part of the leg
- the tuft of hair growing from this part
Word Origin and History for fetlock
early 14c., fetlak, from a Germanic source (cf. Dutch vetlock, Middle High German fizlach, German Fiszloch), perhaps related to the root of German fessel "pastern."
The Middle English diminutive suffix -ok (from Old English -oc) was misread and the word taken in folk etymology as being a compound of feet and lock (of hair).