American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See stringhalt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An involuntary convulsive movement of the muscles of either hind leg in the horse, by which the leg is suddenly and unduly raised from the ground and lowered again with unnatural force; also, the nervous disorder on which such movements depend, and the resulting gait.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Far.) A kind of lameness in a horse. See stringhalt.
- Alteration of stringhalt. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mayhew said stringhalt, also known as springhalt and Hahnentritt ( "rooster kick"), is an anciently recorded disease that is characterized by a sudden, apparently involuntary, exaggerated flexion of one or both hind limbs during attempted movement.”
“At a little distance grazed an old horse, gray and gaunt, springhalt and spavined, with ribs like Death's own.”
“Their horses have most of them got the springhalt, and that is the reason why married people now a-days walk a-foot to the Elysian fields.”
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