the part of the foot of a horse, cow, etc., between the fetlock and the hoof.
either of the two bones of this part, the upper or first phalanx (great pastern bone, orfetter bone ) and the lower or second phalanx (small pastern bone ), between which is a joint (pastern joint ).
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How to use pastern in a sentence
pastern, pas′tėrn, n. the part of a horse's foot from the fetlock to the hoof, where the shackle is fastened.
The pastern joints above his striped hoofs were resilient as pliant springs.Tharon of Lost Valley | Vingie E. Roe
Because of the pastern being horizontal, and aiding in the downward pressure, its change of form cannot be upwards.
The operation does nothing to impede the work of healing going on, and allows free movement of the foot and pastern to take place.
There was considerable swelling from the knee downwards, great pain, and evidence of fracture in the region of the pastern.
British Dictionary definitions for pastern
the part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and the hoof
Also called: fetter bone either of the two bones that constitute this part
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