stringhalt


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stringhalt

(strĭng′hôlt′)
n.
A nervous disorder in horses characterized by spasmodic movements in the hind legs that cause the feet to rise abnormally high.

string′halt′ed adj.

stringhalt

a sporadic disease of horses due to unknown cause. Characterized by involuntary repetitive exaggerated flexion of a hock. The horse is unable to move; there is wasting of thigh muscles.

Australian stringhalt
occurs as extensive outbreaks, often following a drought and associated with the abundance of herbaceous plants, particularly Hypochoeris radicata (called also flatweed, catsear).
classical stringhalt
the sporadic irreversible, severe form of the disease as it occurs in the northern hemisphere.
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Classical sporadic stringhalt in a horse. By permission from Knottenbelt DC, Pascoe RR, Diseases and Disorders of the Horse, Saunders, 2003
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Back the horse and observe hock action for stringhalt and crampiness.
The little feller walked with his hind legs crossed because of a permanent case of stringhalt.
stringhalt (stringiness, crampiness)--An ill-defined disease of the nervous system characterized by sudden lifting or jerking upward of one or both of the hind legs; most obvious when the horse takes the first step or two.
He is a nightmare to keep sound as he has stringhalt and it's one day at a time with him.
He has a stringhalt, and most of his best form has been on right-handed tracks.