DEBILITY. A state of emaciation, weakness, and inertness of the animal powers. It may be either permanent or temporary. The diseases of debility in the horse are asthma, dropsy, grease, palsy, &c. The most prevalent cause, however, is the too common practice of working colts at two or three years old, by which an innumerable train of diseases is engendered and fostered, and the services of the animal very considerably abridged.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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