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It is generally believed that the mule does not inherit this disease.

But this is not altogether true. Small, compact mules, bred after the

jack, are indeed not subject to it. On the contrary, large mules, bred

from large, coarse mares, are very frequently afflicted with it. The

author has under his charge at the present time quite a number of those

kind of mules, in which this disease is visible. At times, when worked

hard, they are sore and lame. The only thing to be recommended in this

case is careful treatment, and as much rest at intervals as it is

possible to give them. Hand rubbing and application of stimulant

liniments, or tincture of arnica, is about all that can be done. The old

method of firing and blistering only puts the animal to torture and the

owner to expense. A cure can never be effected through it, and therefore

should never be tried.





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