American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A strap passing under the neck of a horse for holding a bridle or halter in place.
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.
- n. Part of a horse's bridle that prevents the bridle from coming off over the horse's head.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A strap of a bridle, halter, or the like, passing under a horse's throat.
- throat + latch (Wiktionary)
“Jennifer Inch - Nice to see different shots of horses - shoulder and throatlatch - rather than standard 'galloping through snow' pictures.”
“The mare dropped her nose, and he slipped the bridle over her head, buckled the throatlatch, and hooked the curb chain under her chin.”
“Now the black neck was straight and taut, flatcapped by the slim ears that lay close to the throatlatch.”
“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.”
“A clean throatlatch area with a wide lower jaw provides plenty of space for air, food, blood, and nerves to pass through without interference.”
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