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Feeding Horses

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More horses are annually killed or injurcd by ovcr-feeding and by injudicious feeding than by starving or most other causes. ín horses we can detectas many different temperaments and dispositions as in man, phough but few horse owners take this fact i rito consideration in the management of their horses, particularly that part of it relating to food and feeding. Some horses are natural gluttons, ana tney must De seen to carefully or they will, at times, be apt to seriously injure themselves by feeding too fast, while much of the food they consume will pasa through Oiem undigested, for the simple reason that it ia swallowed before it has been properly masticated. We like to see what is tertned a "good feeder," (one whodoes not minee or piek over his food) but tben we are not at all partial to the ravenous one. Such a horse as the latter named will dive into his feed with mouth wide open, and invariably take mure at a mouthful tbsn he can either hold in liis mouth or properly mastícate. There are seyeral ways to fix such fellows, one way being to mix somo little fine hay wiih his oats, while moistening the oats or feediog cut food prevenís him froru pandering to his greedy propensity. A horse with a delicate appetite is utmally a teuder, delicate animal, and not at all desirable. The trouble with most persons who keep horses, no matter whether on the farm for farm work, or for driving purposes, is they feed too much hay ; and to this cause can be contributed the general slugtnshnees often manifested by the horses unti! they have been working a couple of hours, while the wind is also much impaired. Niglu is the only time when hay snould be fed, especially to animáis used for quick work. Even the snow-plow team should have but little hay at the morning and noon feeds, but give them a generoun supply at the eyening meal. By doing this, your horse will keep in botter spirits and condïtion, and free from any tendency to " pot belly" which horsemen so much dislike to see.