AskDefine | Define stringhalt

Extensive Definition

Stringhalt is abnormal use of the equine hock and usually is a form of lameness.
Rooney recognizes 4 forms of stringhalt:
  1. Australian stringhalt: a false dandelion (catsear) is the suspected cause
  2. Pseudostringhalt: the apparent result of a painful condition in the affected leg
  3. Unilateral stringhalt: cause unknown, but often relieved by section of the lateral extensor tendon
  4. Bilateral stringhalt: in two out of two affected horses necropsied, abnormal thalamus


See also

  • Scotty cramp a condition in dogs that may resemble stringhalt in horses
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