Crow bait

crowbait

[kroh-beyt]
noun Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S.
an emaciated, worn-out horse or cow.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; crow1 + bait

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crowbait

noun
an emaciated horse likely soon to become carrion and so attractive to crows 
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