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1. The part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and hoof.
2. An analogous part of the leg of a dog or other quadruped.

[Alteration of Middle English pastron, hobble, pastern, from Old French pasturon, diminutive of pasture, pasture, tether, alteration of *pastoire, from Latin pāstōria, feminine sing. of pāstōrius, of herdsmen, from pāstor, shepherd; see pastor.]


1. (Zoology) the part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and the hoof
2. (Zoology) Also called: fetter bone either of the two bones that constitute this part
[C14: from Old French pasturon, from pasture a hobble, from Latin pāstōrius of a shepherd, from pastor]


(ˈpæs tərn)

the part of the foot of a horse, cow, etc., between the fetlock and the hoof.
[1300–50; Middle English pastron shackle, probably < Middle French pasturon, pastern < Vulgar Latin *pastōria herding (see pastor, -ia) + Middle French -on n. suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pastern - the part between the fetlock and the hoofpastern - the part between the fetlock and the hoof
horse's foot - the hoof of a horse
coronet - margin between the skin of the pastern and the horn of the hoof
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates


[ˈpæstɜːn] Ncuartilla f (del caballo)
References in classic literature ?
He stroked my right hand, seeming to admire the softness and colour; but he squeezed it so hard between his hoof and his pastern, that I was forced to roar; after which they both touched me with all possible tenderness.
A dozen times as the head bent farther and farther toward him the boy loosed his hold upon the mane and reached quickly down to grasp the near fore pastern.
Once a lady asked him how he came to say that the pastern was the knee of a horse, and he calmly replied, "Ignorance, madam, pure ignorance.
The horse sank in up to the pasterns, and he drew each hoof with a sucking sound out of the half-thawed ground.
ST NICHOLAS ABBEY is struggling to overcome a lifethreatening hoof condition in his fight to recover from a fractured pastern, the Coolmore Stud reported yesterday.
The injury is in a really bad place and the primary task at the minute is to control the infection, then they can establish how much damage has been done to the tendon in the pastern.
FINIAN'S RAINBOW, the 2012 Champion Chase winner, was in hospital in Newbury yesterday battling an infection that developed after he suffered a pastern injury during the Paddy Power Gold Cup, in which he was pulled up, writes Jon Lees.
MARK Johnston has been dealt a major blow with the news that stable star Universal fractured a pastern at exercise on Sunday morning.
ST NICHOLAS Abbey will undergo surgery on a fractured pastern this morning.
ST NICHOLAS ABBEY was due to undergo surgery on a fractured pastern this morning.
Scientifically, a PASTERN is the part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and the top of the hoof.
He presents high-quality photos of dissected specimens, drawings, radiographs, ultrasonograms, and MRIs--with explanatory legends--for foot, pastern, and fetlock.