Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A projection on the lower part of the leg of a horse or related animal, above and behind the hoof.
  • n. A tuft of hair on such a projection.
  • n. The joint marked by such a projection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A joint of the horse's leg below the knee or hock and above the hoof, also called the "ankle".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The cushionlike projection, bearing a tuft of long hair, on the back side of the leg above the hoof of the horse and similar animals. Also, the joint of the limb at this point (between the great pastern bone and the metacarpus), or the tuft of hair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tuft of hair growing behind the pastern-joint of horses.
  • n. The joint on which the hair grows: same as fetlock-joint.
  • n. [Associated with foot or fetter and lock.] An instrument fixed on the leg of a horse when put to pasture, for the purpose of preventing him from running off. Also fetterlock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. projection behind and above a horse's hoof
  • n. the joint between the cannon bone and the pastern

Etymologies

Middle English fitlok; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A point a little above the fetlock is usually the seat of the injury.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • He discussed another study exploring whether injecting a horse's blood into his fetlock was a good model of temporary, reversible lameness.

    TheHorse.com News

  • "The angle of the foot and pastern has a physical effect on the angle of the fetlock, which is the major site of the change of direction and absorption of the force being directed down the limb," he explained.

    TheHorse.com News

  • The attraction said, “A newly discovered animal, comprising the head and eye of an elephant, the horns of an antelope, a long black beard, the hind parts of a lion, the foreparts of a bison, cloven-footed, has a flowing mane from shoulder to fetlock joint and chews the cud.”

    Boing Boing

  • He held Lobo by the fetlock and let water rinse over the cut.

    Quarters, Pasos, Arabians

  • Small brown birds hover and light on straws of aspen chewed raw by the deer; a few horses stand inside a muddy pen, each with a rear fetlock cocked and ears low against their heads, as if resigned to be annoyed by the sharp wind all winter long.

    Healer

  • The beasts, fed and watered adequately for the first time in two days, exuded contentment as willing hands curried the glossy sides and cleansed the dirt from hock and fetlock with twists of straw.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Completely heal the old injury suffered by my horse Power Cut in his off fore fetlock.

    Ann Aguirre » Blog Archive » Summer Heat giveaway

  • His temperment and attitude are not to be altered and the only thing to be done is healing to the off fore fetlock and the tendons/ligaments attached to this area.

    Ann Aguirre » Blog Archive » Summer Heat giveaway

  • It was described in a flyer as "comprising the head and eye of the elephant; the horns of the antelope; a long black beard; the hind parts of the lion; the fore-parts of the bison; is cloven footed; has a flowing mane from the shoulder to the fetlock joint; and chews the cud" (Jay, 2001, p. 17).

    'Annals of Gullibility: Why We Are Duped and How to Avoid It'

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  • "Hey, do horses got knees?"
    "I dunno. Fetlocks. They got fetlocks."
    "Well, if I was a horse I'd be down on my fetlocks prayin' you don't bet on me."
    --paraphrased (as close as I can remember) from the Coen brothers' film "Millers Crossing"

    February 13, 2007

  • unfortunately, the vocables sexiness is mitigated by its utility.

    December 10, 2006