Definitions

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

  • n. A strap passing under the neck of a horse for holding a bridle or halter in place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Part of a horse's bridle that prevents the bridle from coming off over the horse's head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strap of a bridle, halter, or the like, passing under a horse's throat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The upper under-part of a horse' s throat, around which the throatlatch of the harness passes: used in describing the characters or ‘points’ of a horse.
  • n. In a harness, a strap which passes under a horse's neck and helps to hold the bridle in place; a throat-band. See cut under harness.

Etymologies

throat +‎ latch (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jennifer Inch - Nice to see different shots of horses - shoulder and throatlatch - rather than standard 'galloping through snow' pictures.

    The Colourful and Quirky – A Workshop with Darwin Wiggett » Dave Brosha Photography

  • The mare dropped her nose, and he slipped the bridle over her head, buckled the throatlatch, and hooked the curb chain under her chin.

    The Dirty Life

  • Now the black neck was straight and taut, flatcapped by the slim ears that lay close to the throatlatch.

    Thoroughbreds

  • In cervical choke (where the obstruction is situated at any point between the throatlatch and the shoulder) the protrusion caused by the object can be seen and the object can be felt.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • A clean throatlatch area with a wide lower jaw provides plenty of space for air, food, blood, and nerves to pass through without interference.

    TheHorse.com News

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  • "He carves horses and he paints a whole group on their points of hips, the throatlatches, on the tails, and so forth."
    - "One of the Great Drawbacks" by Diane Williams, in Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty (p 75)

    January 1, 2013