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A nervous disorder in horses characterized by spasmodic movements in the hind legs that cause the feet to rise abnormally high.

[string, tendon + halt.]

string′halt′ed adj.
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(Veterinary Science) vet science a sudden spasmodic lifting of the hind leg of a horse, resulting from abnormal contraction of the flexor muscles of the hock. Also called: springhalt
[C16: probably string + halt2]
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a nerve disease of horses causing spasmodic flexing of one or both hind legs.
string′halt`ed, string′halt′y, adj.
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Stringhalt is a nervous disorder which affects the legs of which animal?
Unusually, Sir Ronan is cursed with stringhalt flexion in both hind legs, but it does not impede his gallop and he had plenty in hand in the novice hurdle.
Stringhalt. Stringhalt, also called stringiness or crampiness, is considered an unsoundness.
He has stringhalt, a condition affecting one or both of a horse's hind legs causing exaggerated, involuntary bending of the hock.
The lanky nine-year-old, who has stringhalt, which gives him an almost comical appearance when he walks, is a far more fluent galloper and Nicholls is full of hope his 'softly-softly' approach will pay dividends at Aintree in April.
The little feller walked with his hind legs crossed because of a permanent case of stringhalt. This meant we would be supporting an oat burner incapable of performing his procreative duties.