PRICKING. An accident to which the horse is subject in shoeing. It happens either in consequence of the farrier's rashness in entering the nail too close to the sensible parts, or of the accidental bending of the nail in an unfavourable direction afterwards. When this occurs the horse soon becomes lame; and it will be necessary in the first instance to draw the nail which has occasioned the mischief; and, secondly, to apply such remedies as are likely to abate inflammation in the foot. Instead of this, however, it is too common to treat the part with stimulating oils and tinctures.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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