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What To Feed Horses

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Every animal requires acertain volume of food to maintaiii the natura! distention in the stomach ; that is to say, coneentrated food alone culd nol sustain life. Jn Prussia rye straw is given iiorses along wilh oats. They do not eat the straw willingly ; so that wnen the horses are pronouneed unüt for service, and are boughtby farmers, they are ever attacked by cölics in recoivinj,' their nevv rations, beeause the stomach and intestines have contractad by the banack rations, and time is necessary to enable toem to return to their normal volume. Hay is of different qualities, and the feed of oats ought to be proportionate to tlie quality t hay. The latter.if f rom marshy land, [snot equal in point of nutrition to gooil oaten straw. Hay from irrigated districta looks wtll, but is is not very iiutritive;the best comes from a calcerous soil of mixed grasses, mixed with aromatic plants. Kye straw is onlv good for litter; vrheaten straw is relished by Iiorses in the night, and eaten at all times. Carrots are more refreshiug and nourishing for horses ; turuips are next to woithless, but Jerusalem artichokes are good. In Bavaria, post-horses are fed on potatoes in place of oats. If the former be mixed with bran it is better. Bran fatteus rather than imparts vigor, and that from rye is preferred in Germany to that from wheat ; and sells at a higher price even. For horses liavine but Hule time to feed, bread íb excellent, bilt should never be given fresh. In some garrison towns livery keepers contract f or the ref use bread of the soldiers. Linseed cakes dissolved in water is good for nursing marea. The strangest of all dieta is eawdust; yet the bürge horaes alongthe Moselleand Sarro daily mix it with the feed f oats. It in slightly nutritive; but its effacy lies in the its maintaising the uecpssary expansión or volume of the stomach. -


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