QUITTOR. This injury arises when a horse, in frosty weather, endeavours to recover himself from falling on his side, which causes the animal to step in a most violent manner on the inside foot; it also is occasioned by punctures, &c. Quittor is, properly, a degenerative and ulcerative state of it, generally attended with pipes, and the inner parts seldom escape injury. In such cases the winding and extent of the pipes should be ascertained by the probe. Then prepare a piece of light brown paper, cut into small pieces, and grease them with a light surface of lard; after this, get some corrosive sublimate, finely powdered, and sprinkle it over them; then roll them round, and twist them at each end, and pass them, by the aid of the probe, one after the other successively, to the extremity of the pipe, until it is completely stuffed; after this, lay on a small pledget of tow, and bandage the part. In about a week remove the bandage, when the core will be extracted, and an extensive open sore will be visible. By this process the extent of the wound will be ascertained. Tents of tow or lint should be then steeped in solution of blue vitriol, and lodged in the bottom of the wound; when the carious parts are sufficiently corroded, apply a few dressings of tincture of myrrh, or Friar's balsam, and in a very short time the animal will be in an advanced state of convalescence.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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