Adjective "fetlock" definition and examples

(Fetlock may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The joint of a horse's or other quadruped's leg between the cannon bone and the pastern.
  1. 'It's a fetlock injury; a small flake has come off one of the sesamoid bones.'
  2. 'Trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias said that the four-year-old gray colt has had a fetlock problem that led to the decision to retire him.'
  3. 'The clay road churns red beneath her hooves, her fetlocks are stained as if we rode a berry-field.'
  4. 'Leaning as far as he could over the Friesian's neck, he snapped the whip around the white horse's left back fetlock.'
  5. 'With anti-inflammatory drugs helping to treat the fetlock injury, Attraction performed admirably in her comeback race, the Hungerford on August 13 at Newbury, leading the way until fading to fourth late.'
  6. 'Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf runner-up Spook Express suffered a compound dislocation of her left fetlock joint near the finish of the Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park on November 25 and had to be euthanized.'
  7. 'The injury occurred on the same day the Maktoum family's Godolphin Racing operation retired dual French classic winner Shamardal due to a fetlock injury.'
  8. 'After an unlucky run at Beverley he was placed in good heats at Doncaster and Ascot before being sidelined with a chipped bone in his fetlock.'
  9. 'It will take a miracle to keep this horse's hooves from splitting and its fetlocks from fracturing, but if he can win a few bucks, what does Bourdelle care?'
  10. 'A progressive three-year-old last season before suffering a fractured fetlock at Goodwood, Court Masterpiece made a full recovery from that injury and made an encouraging return to action, back at Goodwood, last month.'

More definitions

1. the projection of the leg of a horse behind the joint between the cannon bone and great pastern bone, bearing a tuft of hair.

2. the tuft of hair itself.

3. Also called fetlock joint. the joint at this point.

More examples(as adjective)

"bones can be fetlock."


Middle English: ultimately of Germanic origin; related to German Fessel ‘fetlock’, also to foot.