Stable Economy: A Treatise on the Management of Horses in Relation to Stabling, Grooming, Feeding, Watering and Working

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[W.] Blackwood, 1860
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Page 162 - There are several instances of men having been killed in this way, generally by stallions. I have seen biters punished till they trembled in every joint, and were ready to drop ; but have never, in any case, known them cured by this treatment, nor by any other. The lash is forgotten in an hour, and the horse is as ready and determined to repeat the offence as before. He appears unable to resist the temptation. In its worst forms biting is a kind of insanity. There are various degrees of the complaint....
Page 216 - I was not a little surprised to learn that they were fed entirely on camels' milk, corn, being too scarce and valuable an article for the Tiboos to spare them. They drink it both sweet and sour ; and animals in higher condition I scarcely ever saw." * Mare's Milk. — For the first six months of the young horse's life his principal food is mare's milk. He begins to eat much sooner, but few are entirely weaned before this time. Farm mares are usually put to gentle work two or three weeks after parturition.
Page 180 - Guinea-corn, sugar-cane tops, and sometimes molasses, are given. In the Mahratta country, salt, pepper, and other spices, are made into balls, with flour and butter, and these are supposed to produce animation, and to fine the coat. Broth made from sheep's head is sometimes given.
Page 208 - There are several varieties of the bean in use as horse-corn, but I do not know that one is better than another. The small plump bean is preferred to the large shrivelled kind. Whichever be used, the beans should be old, sweet, and sound. New beans are indigestible and flatulent; they produce colic and founder very readily. They should be at least a year old.
Page 188 - He never refuses water, and he drinks it as if he would never give over. The disease does not produce death, but it renders the horse useless, and ruins the constitution. Should he catch cold, or take the influenza, which prevailed so much in Glasgow during the winter of 1836, glanders is seldom far off.* This worthless hay is always sold at a lower rate, and much of it enters the coaching-stables, but I am perfectly sure that it would be cheaper to pay the highest price for the best.
Page 122 - A long coat takes up a deal of moisture, and is difficult to dry ; but whether wet or dry it affords some defence to the skin, which is laid bare to every breath of air when deprived of its natural covering. Every one must know from himself whether wet clothing and a wet skin, or no clothing and a wet skin, is the most disagreeable and dangerous. It is true that clipping saves the groom a great deal of labor.
Page 122 - Every one must know from himself whether wet clothing and a wet skin, or no clothing and a wet skin, is the most disagreeable and dangerous. It is true that clipping saves the groom a great deal of labor. He can dry the horse in half the time, and with less than half of the exertion which a long coat requires ; but it makes his attention and activity more necessary, for the horse is almost sure to catch cold, if not dried immediately. When well clothed with hair he is in less danger, and not so much...
Page 128 - He can not work in the pads, and it is nol meant that he should ; but perhaps he may receive some benefit from them in the stable. They may be useful for soles that have a tendency to become flat. Care must be taken to have them of the proper size ; when too small, they fall out and are lost; when too thin, they do not support the sole. It is only thin, flat soles that require any support. In general they have little need for moisture: but the pad is usually dipped in water before it is inserted....
Page 282 - Mr. Harper, of Bank Hall, Lancashire, ploughs seven acres per week, the year through, on strong land with a team of three horses, and allows to...
Page 47 - The difference between the number of the horses and the quantity of air, is greater than it is ever known to be among wild horses. Hence, stabling has introduced a disease that falls very rarely, perhaps not at all, upon the untamed portion of the species. I allude to glanders. This disease has never been seen among wild horses, and it is hardly known where the European mode of stabling has not been tried. That it can be produced by bad air. or by the want of pure air, is generally admitted. " In...

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