Hints to Horse-keepers: A Complete Manual for Horsemen ... and Chapters on Mules and Ponies

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C.M. Saxton, Barker & Company, 1860 - Horsemanship - 431 pages
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Page 339 - When a person takes a nomination for a stake in which the forfeit is to be declared by a particular time, and does not declare forfeit by the time fixed in the article, he shall thenceforth be considered to have taken the engagement on himself, and his name shall be substituted for that of the original subscriber.
Page 192 - This operation is performed with a fleam or a lancet. The first is the common instrument, and the safest, except in skilful hands. The lancet, however, has a more surgical appearance, and will be adopted by the veterinary practitioner. A bloodstick — a piece of hard wood loaded at one end with lead — is used to strike the fleam into the vein. This is sometimes done with too great violence, and the opposite side of the coat of the vein is wounded. Bad cases of inflammation have resulted from this....
Page 75 - I rode a hundred and fifty miles at a stretch, without stopping, except to bait, and that not for above an hour at a time. It came in at the last stage with as much ease and alacrity as it travelled the first. I could have undertaken to have performed on this beast, when it was in its prime, sixty miles a-day for a twelvemonth running without any extraordinary exertion.
Page 220 - The toe of the fore foot is the thickest and strongest j>ortion of the hoof, and is in consequence less expansive than any other part, and therefore better calculated to resist the effect of the nails and shoe. The thickness of the horn gradually diminishes towards the quarters and • The horse's foot, and how to keep it sound, with illustrations, by Wro Miles, Esq.
Page 27 - The pelvis, then, should be wide and deep — that is to say, it should be large and roomy ; and there should also be a little more than the average length from the hip to the shoulder, so as to give plenty of bed for the foal ; as well as a good depth of back-ribs, which are necessary in order to support this increased length.
Page 193 - The fleam is to be placed in a direct line with the course of the vein, and over the precise centre of the vein, as close to it as possible, but its point not absolutely touching the vein. A sharp rap with the bloodstick or the hand on that part of the back of the fleam immediately over the blade, will cut through the vein, and the blood will flow. A fleam with a large blade should always be preferred, for the operation will be materially shortened, and this will be a matter of some consequence with...
Page 53 - They average," he says, and we are personally cognizant of hia accuracy, " full sixteen hands in height, with head short, thick ; wide and hollow between the eyes ; jaws heavy ; ears short, and pointed well forward ; neck very short and thick; mane heavy; shoulder well inclined backward; back extremely short ; rump steep ; quarters very broad ; chest wide and deep ; tendons large ; muscles excessively developed ; legs short, particularly from the knee and hock to the fetlock, and thence to the coronet,...
Page 193 - Round this a little tow, or a few hairs from the mane of the horse, should be wrapped, so as to cover the whole of the incision ; and the head of the horse should be tied up for several hours to prevent his rubbing the part against the manger. In bringing the edges of the wound together, and introducing the pin, care should be taken not to draw the skin too much from the neck, otherwise blood will insinuate itself between the skin and the muscles beneath, and cause an unsightly and sometimes troublesome...
Page 184 - When removed, the heela should be anointed with an ointment of one part of rosin, three parts of lard, melted together, and one part of calamine powder, added when the first mixture is cooling. The cracks should be persistently washed with the alum lotion, and the bandage applied whenever the poultices are not on the part. The benefit of carrot poultices for all affections where there is fever, swelling and a pustular condition of the skin, cannot be over-rated. Stocked legs and capped hocks we have...
Page 74 - Sweden, and which were known by the name of Galloways ; the best of which sometimes reached the height of fourteen hands and a half. One , of this description I possessed, it having been bought for my use when a boy. In point of elegance of shape it was a perfect picture; and in disposition was gentle and compliant.

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