verb (used with object), span·celed, span·cel·ing or (especially British) span·celled, span·cel·ling.
Origin of spancel
Examples from the Web for spancel
I ordered my servant to spancel the mules, and tether the horse to a shrub by a long rope.Early Western Travels 1748-1846|Various
Langel; to tie the fore and the hind leg of a cow or goat with a spancel or fetter to prevent it going over fences.English As We Speak It in Ireland|P. W. Joyce
As my horse was straying toward the west side of the clearing I went to fetch him back and spancel him near the fort.
My wrist-cords were loosed, my ankles were fastened only with a spancel, and strong hands jerked me to my feet.