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Hints From The London Horse Book

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1. All horses must not be feu m tho name proportions, without duo regard to their agea, thcir oonstitutioiis and their work. Bocause the impropriety of such practico is self evident. Yet it is constautly done, and is the bsis of disease of every kind. 2. Never use Bad hy on account of its cheapness. liecauso there is not proper nourishinent in it. 3. Damaged oom ia exceedingly injurious. Because it brins on intlaiuuiation of the bowels and skin disease. 4. Chatï is better for Old horsc9 than kay. iiecause they ean ohew and digest it better. 5. Mix ohaff wi'h corn or beans, and do not give the lat ter alone. Because it uvakes tho horse cliew bis food more, and dicst it better. 6. Hay or gniss alone will not support a horse under hard work. Because there ia not sullicient nutritivo body in either. 7. When a boree is worked bard its food shotdd be cbieöy oats, if not worked hard, its food should be cliiefly hay. Becaue oats supply more nourishment and flesh-making material than auy other kind of food. Hay nnt flo much. &. For a eaddle or ooaoh horse, half a peck of good sound oats atnd' eighteen pounds of good hay are sufficient. If the hay is not good, add a quarter of a peck more oats. A borse which works hard may have rather more of each ; one that works little shouhi have less. 9. Hack feeding is wastoful. The fcetter plan ia to feed nith ehopped hay froin a manger. Becauso tho food is not then tbrowa about, and is more eaaily ohewed and aijgosted:10. Spriukle the haj with water that lias snit dissolved in it. Beoause it is pleasing to the animal's taste, and more asily digosted. [A teaspoonful of aalt üi a bucket of water is sufficient.] 11. Oats shovild be bruised for an old fiorse, but not for a young one. Because the farmer, through old ago and defectivo teeth, oannot chew them properly ; the young norse can do so, and they are tlius propurly mixed with the saliva, and turned into wholesome nutriment. 12. Grasa muat always be cut for hay beforo tho eeed drops. Becuuse the uices that ripen the seeda are the most valuable psrtof th'a hay. If they are Bucked out by ripening and dropping, the grass will not turn uto hay, but wilL only wither and grow yellow. 13. Vetehes and cut grasa should alwnya bo given in the spring to horses that cannot be turned out into the fields. Because they are very cooling and refreeliing and alhiost medicinal in sheir eifects ; but they must be supplied in uioderation, as they are liable to ferment in the stnmach if given Isrgely. 14. Water your hnrse from a pond or etreiun rather ihan from aspriug or well. Becauííe tho latter is geuerally hard and aold wli!e the former is soft and comparatively warm. The horse prefers soft tnuddy water to hard water, though ever so clear.


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