Spancelling of a Horse

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“...hobbled or fettered to a clog; said of a horse. When the bearing is properly depicted, a fore and a hind leg should have each a fetter-lock above the foot and fastened to the one end of a heavy clog.” —Whitney, 1889

Illustration of a shield with a depiction of a spancelled (spanceled) horse.


William Dwight Whitney, PhD, LLD The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1895) 5793


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