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FEEDING

FEEDING




      

FEEDING


FEEDING. In the usual way of feeding and treating horses, no attention is paid to the state of the stomach when they are put to work, but frequently they are put into a chaise, or coach, or ridden off at a quick pace with their stomachs loaded with food; the consequence of this has often been gripes, inflammation of the bowels, and even sudden death. The hay, as well as the corn, should, if possible, be divided into four portions, and each portion, both of oats and hay, should be wetted with water: this will facilitate mastication and swallowing, and likewise digestion; a horse thus fed will so quickly digest that he will always be fit for his labour. The largest portion, both of oats and hay, should be given at night, and the next in quantity to this, early in the morning ; the other two portions in the forenoon and afternoon, or about twelve and four. But this must of course depend upon the kind of work a horse is employed in, and must be regulated accordingly. Horses that have been accustomed to an unlimited allowance of hay, often eat their litter when put upon a proper diet; but this must be prevented by a muzzle.

Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.

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