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fetlock

, fetterlock
1. a projection behind and above a horse's hoof: the part of the leg between the cannon bone and the pastern
2. the joint at this part of the leg
3. the tuft of hair growing from this part
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Now, as there's nothing like `taking time by the fetlock', as Winkle characteristically observes, allow me to present the new member." And, to the dismay of the rest of the club, Jo threw open the door of the closet, and displayed Laurie sitting on a rag bag, flushed and twinkling with suppressed laughter.
He afterwards showed me a wisp of hay, and a fetlock full of oats; but I shook my head, to signify that neither of these were food for me.
They found the prairies saturated with the heavy cold rains, prevalent in certain seasons of the year in this part of the country, the wagon wheels sank deep in the mire, the horses were often to the fetlock, and both steed and rider were completely jaded by the evening of the 12th, when they reached the Kansas River; a fine stream about three hundred yards wide, entering the Missouri from the south.
For a few miles the road was good, and they made rapid progress, but suddenly it became only a waste of sand, into which the horses sank fetlock deep at nearly every step.
Horrock, at a question from Fred about his horse's fetlock, turned sideways in his saddle, and watched the horse's action for the space of three minutes, then turned forward, twitched his own bridle, and remained silent with a profile neither more nor less sceptical than it had been.
In the balmy summer evenings, The children would all be out in force, With sugar lumps and carrots, For the endless lines of working horse, Trotting back to rest their muddy fetlocks, In the comfort of their back-street stalls.
A 6-day-old female cow calf weighing 18 kg was presented with inability to stand properly and with history of sudden fall down on ground, when trying to walk and stand with knuckle in fetlocks of both the fore limbs.
I really wanted to pay tribute to true champions in Denman and Kauto Star as they bent their fetlocks to the new king of the Cheltenham Hill, the outstandingly gifted Long Run.