sand crack

noun Veterinary Pathology.
  1. a crack or fissure in the hoof of a horse, extending from the coronet downward toward the sole, caused by a dryness of horn.

Origin of sand crack

First recorded in 1745–55
Also called quarter crack.
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Examples from the Web for sand crack

Historical Examples of sand crack

  • It becomes dry and brittle, and extremely liable to sand-crack.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks

  • Sand-crack of the frog and sand-crack of the sole may also each be met with.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks

  • Unskilful shoeing also plays a part in the causation of sand-crack.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks

  • I never knew a broken knee that wasn't got by striking the manger, nor a sand-crack that didn't come of an awkward smith.'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Often, too, cracks will appear in the horn of the quarters, and a troublesome and incurable form of sand-crack results.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

    Harry Caulton Reeks


British Dictionary definitions for sand crack

sand crack

noun
  1. vet science a deep crack or fissure in the wall of a horse's hoof, often causing lamenessSee also toe crack, quarter crack
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