- The area on a horse's leg between the fetlock joint and the hoof.
Etymology: From pasturon (French píturon), from pasture "shackle" (from pastoria "shackle for pastured animal's foot") + diminutive suffix.
- 1918: It was quite impossible to ride over the deeply-ploughed field; the earth bore only where there was still a little ice, in the thawed furrows the horse's legs sank in above its pasterns. " Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, tr. Louise & Aylmer Maude (Oxford 1998, p. 158)
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