Definition of pastern in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpastərn/


1The sloping part of a horse’s foot between the fetlock and the hoof.
Example sentences
  • The hoof pastern axis may be broken forward or broken backward and the heel angle decreased with a low heel (Figure 2-note the low heel angle on this two month old colt).
  • The flaws I disqualify a horse for are back at the knee, long pasterns, and a weak hind leg.
  • For polo, of course, it is I want to have a horse whose pasterns aren't too long and has good, strong bones in the legs and feet; I like a round, big spined - horse rather than pointed-spined one.
1.1A corresponding part in some other domestic animals.


Middle English: from Old French pasturon, from pasture 'strap for hobbling a horse', transferred in sense to the joint of the foot.

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