BLISTERING. Before a blister is applied, the hair must be cut off from the part as closely as possible: this may be much more easily and effectually done by means of shears than scissors. The blistering ointment is then to be well rubbed into the part with the hand; and, after this has been continued about ten minutes, some of the ointment may be smeared on the part. In blistering the legs, the tender part of the heel, under the fetlock joint, is to be avoided, and it may be better to rub a little hog's lard on it in order to defend it from any of the blisters that may accidentally run down from the leg. When the legs are blistered, all the litter should be removed from the stall, and the horse's head should be carefully secured to prevent his rubbing the blistered parts with his nose. A more immediate and more plentiful discharge attends a liquid blister, which may be made by mixing together powdered cantharides one drachm and a half, olive oil two ounces.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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