WATER. The purest is certainly the most wholesome. Mr. White says: " In summer, riverwater is better for horses than that taken from deep wells; but in winter well-water is to be preferred, because it is then many degrees warmer than river-water. When the latter is used in winter, it should stand in the stable some time before it is given, that it may lose its dullness in some degree, and the same rule should be observed with respect to well-water when it is used in summer. I have often seen the flatulent colic and shivering produced by giving horses water from a deep well, in hot weather, immediately after it is pumped up. Water impregnated with saline matter, even in a slight degree, is unwholesome for horses. Water kept in casks is apt to acquire an unpleasant smell, and is therefore injurious. Horses should be watered three times a day, allowing about half a pailful each time. Walking exercise, after watering, is useful, particularly in the morning; but trotting or galloping is very injurious. Pond-water from a clay bottom is by some preferred toxunning water; but in summer stagnant water often becomes putrid and nauseous, and is therefore improper.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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