VETERINARY ART, otherwise called Farriery. The art of managing cattle and curing their diseases, whence a veterinary surgeon, vulgarly called a horse doctor or farrier; and the veterinary college, where horses are taken in for cure, and persons resort to acquire a practical education in all that relates to the cure of animals. The principal diseases to which horses are subject are, the water farcy, or dropsy of the skin; ascites, or dropsy of the belly ; broken wind, supposed to arise from a rupture of the cells in the lungs; cracks in the heels, from gross habit or from filth; farcy, an infection of the skin; foot-foundering, when a horse is unable to rest on any of his feet; greasy heels, from weakness or over labour ; 1ampers, a swelling of the bars in the roof of the mouth; mange, an affection of the skin, when the hair falls off; staggers, a sort of lethargy, and mad staggers, a sort of frenzy from a pressure on the brain; strangles, a disease attended with fever, cough, and running at the nose ; thrush, a discharge from the frog of the foot; poll evil, arising from friction of the collar at the back of the ears; besides inflammations, fevers, dysenteries, and other disorders which they have in common with human subjects.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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