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The Fetlock Joint

#3: The fetlock joint. The right fetlock on this mare is slightly turned, causing her to paddle out when she walks and wear her hoof unevenly.

K. Blocksdorf 2006
Definition: The fetlock is formed by the joint between the canon bone and the longer pastern bone. At the back of the fetlock lies a small bone called the sesamoid. Occasionally, you may hear the fetlock joint referred to as the pastern joint or ankle. This joint although it may appear so, is not actually analogous to the human ankle.
Pronunciation: fet lawk
Examples:
She was alarmed when she felt heat and swelling in the fetlock joint after jumping her horse.
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