This is another of those imaginary cures resorted to by persons having

charge of mules. Very many of these persons honestly believe that it is

necessary to clean the animal out every spring with large doses of

poisonous and other truck. This, they say, ought to be given to loosen

the hide, soften the hair, &c. In my opinion it does very little good.

If his dung gets dry, and his hair hard and crispy, give him bran mashes

mixed with his grain, and a teaspoonful of salt at each feed. If there

is grass, let him graze a few hours every day. This will do more towards

softening his coat and loosening his bowels than any thing else. When

real disease makes its appearance, it is time to use medicines; but they

should be applied by some one who thoroughly understands them.

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