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468                       HORSES AND THEIR DISEASES.
spots where the dark brown hollows formerly were. At 8 the whole of the hollows are filled up. At 9 there is often seen a small bill to the outside corner teeth ; the point of the tusk is worn off and the part that was concave begins to fill up and becomes rounding. The squares of the central teeth begin to disappear and the gums leave them small and narrow at the top.                                                              g
Foa Taming Horses.—Kindly furnished by a gentleman who has had much experience in such matters.—Take finely pounded castor and oils of rhodium and cummin ; keep these in separate bottle well corked. Put some of the oil of cummin on your hand and approach him on the windy side ; he will then move towards you; then rub some of the cummin on his nose. Then give him some of the castor on anything he likes and put 8 or 10 drops of the rhodium on the end of his tongue, and you can get him to do anything you please. Follow this up with kindness, and your control of him is certain.
To Cure a Horse From Cribbing.—Arrange the stall so your horse cannot get hold of any thing only his feed trough. Now make 2 rollers the length of the trough, 6 or 7 inches in diameter; the larger the better, fasten one end in front of the other in fhe back part of the trough; when the horse goes to cribbing, he will press his teeth against the rollers and they will turn; after trying it a few times he will give it up.
Founder Remedy.—Swab (if stiff) the feet and legs with hot wa­ter, so hot that the hand cannot bear to touch it, but not so hot as to scald. After a short time the legs should be rubbed dry and the horse gently exercised. A correspondent says that he has never known this remedy to fail. Another correspondent says that foun­der in its worst form can be cured by standing your horse all day in water deep enough to come up over his back. Running water is the best.
Cure for Sweeny.—Take a toad, noose a string around his hind legs, and tie it around the horse's mane, so that the toad will hang against the sweenied shoulder over night. By next morning the toad will not only be dead, but dried up like a piece of beef that has hung up to dry a day or two. But if it be not sweeny, it will be alive and in a good condition.
Hide-Bound Horses.- -Nitrate of potash, 2 1-2 oz.; sulphate of iron, common rosin, of each 10 drachms; juniper berries, 6 oz.; all in powder; to be well mixed and divided into 12 parts, one of which is to be given night and morning in mixed feed. Or the following powders may be given the following week: Flowers of sulphur, 1 lb. sesqui-sulphuret of antimony, 1-2 lb.; powdered nitrate of potash, 1-4 lb. Mix and divide into 12 parts, one part to be given every morning and evening in mixed feed. The powders will work on the kidneys and secretory organs.