PASTERN Of A Horse. The part which intervenes between the joint of that name and the coronet of the hoof. This part should be short, especially in middle-sized horses, because long pasterns are weak, and cannot so well endure labour: some horses indeed have them so long and flexible, that in walking they almost touch the ground with them, which is a great imperfection, and shows the animal unfit for any kind of toil or fatigue.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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