The farmers' practical horse farriery: Containing practical rules on buying, breeding, breaking, lameness, vicious habits, management ... treatment and cure of diseases ... &c. ...

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E. Nash, 1858 - Horses - 197 pages
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Page 91 - If the stable is close, the air will not only be hot, but foul. The breathing of every animal contaminates it ; and when, in the course of the night, with every aperture stopped, it passes again and again through the lungs, the blood cannot undergo its proper and healthy change ; digestion will not be so perfectly performed, and all the functions of life are injured. Let the owner of a valuable horse think of his passing twenty or twenty-two out of the twenty-four hours in this debilitating atmosphere...
Page 123 - ... muscles. When sufficient blood has been taken, the edges of the wound should be brought closely and exactly together, and kept together by a small sharp pin being passed through them.
Page 123 - 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 46 - ... is at least a twelvemonth old; and, even then, the colt should be carefully examined. If he is thin and spare about the neck and shoulders, and low in the withers, he will materially improve by remaining uncut another six months; but if his fore-quarters are fairly developed at the age of a twelvemonth, the operation should not be delayed, lest he become heavy and gross before, and perhaps has begun too decidedly to have a will of his own.
Page 121 - Setons are pieces of tape or cord, passed by means of an instrument resembling a large needle, either through abscesses or the base of ulcers, with deep sinuses, or between the skin and the muscular or other substances beneath. They are retained there by the ends being tied together, or by a knot in each end.
Page 100 - This root is held in much esteem. There is none better, nor perhaps so good. When first given it is slightly diuretic and laxative ; but as the horse becomes accustomed to it, these effects cease to be produced. They also improve the state of the skin.
Page 24 - Dutchman has no known pedigree. Other celebrated trotters stand in the same category — though we are inclined to think that a decided majority of the best, especially at long distances, have a greater or less infusion of the blood of the race-horse. " The United States has undoubtedly produced more superior trotters than any other country in the world, and in no other country has the speed of the best American trotters been equaled.
Page 58 - He generally keeps his eyes steadfast on you, until you get near enough to touch him on the forehead. When you are thus near to him, raise slowly, and by degrees, your hand, and let it come in contact with that part just above the nostrils, as lightly as possible. If the horse flinches (as many will), repeat with great rapidity these light strokes upon the forehead, going a little farther up towards his ears by degrees, and descending with the same rapidity until he will let you handle his forehead...
Page 68 - ... with your switch, reaching as far back with it as you can. This tapping, by being pretty well back, and on the opposite side, will drive him ahead, and keep him close to you ; then by giving him the right direction with your left hand you can walk into the stable with him. I have •walked colts into the stable...
Page 124 - ... a piece of the sole at the toe of the frog, which sometimes causes a wound difficult to heal, and followed by festering, and even by canker; but cutting down with a fine drawing-knife, called a searcher, at the union between the crust and the sole at the very toe until the blood flows, and, if necessary, encouraging its discharge by dipping the foot in warm water.

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