STUBBED. There are few cases of mechanical injury to which the horses of fox-hunters are more liable than thorns in their legs, or stubs in their frogs or fetlocks. These subjects have been very little noticed by veterinary writers; but there is a field for a display of their knowledge in the art of extracting, and healing. With thorns, of course the first point to be desired is extraction ; but then it is often difficult to find the seat of them: also, when found, they are not always easy to be got at. Sometimes we are compelled to wait for suppuration, which must be encouraged as much as possible.
More hunters are ruined by stubs or splinters of wood running into their legs and feet, than by thorns. Indeed, when we reflect on the many hundred times in the course of a season that hunters, ridden in close woodland countries, alight, from high banks, on ground nearly covered with sharp-pointed stubs, from which faggots, stakes, &c. have been cut, we must confess our surprise that accidents do not oftener happen. Many good horses, however, are annually lamed by being stubbed, many of which are so far injured as to be destroyed.
In the first place there is no judging of wounds but from appearance and locality; therefore 4 description of them is useless. Add to this, it often happens that ligaments, tendons, or nerves become wounded, the treatment of which (fatal consequences being always so near at hand) requires all the skill of the regularly bred veterinarian, who alone is fit to direct it, and observe the attempts of nature in their progress. Contused and lacerated as the parts are from accidents of this nature, we cannot be surprised at the violent inflammation which too often ensues.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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