Excerpt from The Domestic Animal's Friend, or the Complete Virginia and Maryland Farrier: Being a Copious Selection From the Best Treatises on Farriery Now Extant in the United States, in Five Parts
Horses, in their natural state, or running at grass in the fields, do not require much attention from man. If they have sufficient pasture and water, they eat, drink, and run about at pleasure. '1 heir wants are few, and easily supplied; and they enjoy a perfect state of health. But, in a domesticated state, from a variety of circumstances, their constitutions undergo a considerable change - They require then particular care and attention in the manage. Ment of themf Tobe sheltered from the weather, and to be fed with rich food, to enable them to perform with vi gour the various labours imposed on them, and which too frequently are exacted with rigour and severity beyond what they are well able to bear. Hence the unnatural re straint, theconfinement in too close foul-aired stables, together with the violent exercises they are exposed to, and the injudicious management of them in a variety of respects, render them liable to a long train of diseases, which sooner or later either proves fatal to them, or lays he foundation of some chronic disorder, which art can neither palliate nor remove.
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