Examples from the Web for pastern
The shoulder should slope slightly backward and the pastern joint, immediately above the hoof, slightly backward.A Guide for the Study of Animals|Worrallo Whitney
The pastern joints above his striped hoofs were resilient as pliant springs.Tharon of Lost Valley|Vingie E. Roe
It was not the leg of the horse which was severed, nor a limb, but only the hoof at the pastern joint.Legends of Florence|Charles Godfrey Leland
The pastern joint is made by the union of the two pastern bones.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
In the most severe cases, the skin cracked about the pastern joint or at the coronet.
British Dictionary definitions for pastern
Word Origin for pastern
Word Origin and History for pastern
late 13c., "shackle fixed on the foot of a horse or other beast," from Old French pasturon (Modern French paturon), diminutive of pasture "shackle for a horse in pasture," from Vulgar Latin *pastoria, noun use of fem. of Latin pastorius "of herdsmen," from pastor "shepherd" (see pastor). Metathesis of -r- and following vowel occurred 1500s. Sense extended (1520s) to part of the leg to which the tether was attached.