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pastern

(pas'tĕrn),
The narrow anatomic region in equids that lies between the enlargement marking terminus of fetlock joint proximally and enlargement adjacent to hoof distally. In comparative anatomy, correlates with base of fingers and toes in humans. Although common term for pastern is ankle, this is a misnomer. The fetlock joint is the metatarsophalangeal in the rear limb, metacarpophalangeal in forelimb.
[M.E. pastron, hobble, fr. Fr. pasture, fr. L. pasco, to pasture]

pastern

(păs′tərn)
n.
1. The part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and hoof.
2. An analogous part of the leg of a dog or other quadruped.
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He was still going strongly at the third from home and looking the biggest danger to eventual winner Desert Orchid, but fell, suffering a multiple fracture of the near-hind pastern which resulted in him being put down.
Champion jockey Tony McCoy quickly pulled him up and clerk of the course Robert Bellamy said: 'Montalcino broke his near hind pastern. 'A P' said it happened just after they came over the brow of the hill and it's very sad.'
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