LOOSENESS. Most animals are afflicted with this disease more frequently than the horse, yet veterinary surgeons who are in very extensive practice know that confirmed cases are not unfrequent. It will be produced from an increased secretion of bile, or from impaired action in the absorbent vessels, which prevents their taking up those fluid particles that enter into combination with the dung. The appearance of the stools is generally liquid, and they come from him in small quantities at every slight movement that he makes. In the cure of this disease apply a fresh sheepskin over the loins, keeping the body of the horse moderately warm by covering it with a rug, and exhibiting the following drink twice a day until the purging ceases:— take aniseeds and caraway seeds powdered, of each one ounce, prepared chalk two ounces, fine opium half a drachm; mix in a pint of linseed gruel, and administer. Should the purging continue three or four days after this drink has been given, it will be necessary to give the following astringent medicine three or four times a day:—Take of powdered ginger, Dover's powder, of each two drachms; prepared chalk in powder, pomegranate shell powdered, of each one ounce; tincture of catechu one drachm and a half. Let these be mixed in one pint of warm gruel, and administer twice a day.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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