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post #1 of 2 Old 06-12-2014, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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"Over/back at the knee"

Am I the only one who this is bugging? What is commonly referred to here as the knee is NOT the anatomical knee. It is the anatomic equivalent to the wrist. The anatomical knee is the stifle.
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In horses the vocabulary changes.

If you want to get into the weeds, it is actually the carpus consisting of several carpal bones. That being said, common vocabulary refers to the knee as the forward bending joint of the front leg (equivalent to the wrist but called a knee).

It is the same with the Hock which is actually the Tarsus or "heel."

And a horse is not a horse at all but Equus caballus...........
A Horse is also used in gymnastics for Vaulting.. and it is not an animal. And a Dog is an animal but also a stop on a gear allowing it to turn in only one direction.

Welcome to the English Language.. where the same word can be for different things.
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