A perfectly clean bucket being chosen and warmed by pouring in boiling water and throwing it away, we choose the best old hay and pack it quickly and tightly into the vessel, fill the latter with boiling water, cover closely, and allow it to remain until cold. The tea should then be carefully decanted, so that the seeds do not pass over.
Linseed Oil is spoken of as a food as well as a medicine, and is frequently prescribed as such. As a laxative it is given in quantities of two or three table-spoonfuls in the food morning and evening, and so employed is the best substitute for green meat. The majority of horses will take it, but some prefer linseed cake, which is more nutritious and fattening than it is laxative, but may serve as a bait to enable the animal to acquire a liking for the expressed oil.
Roots, of which the carrot and beet are the most nutritious, the turnip and mangold the most laxative, are usually given raw. The sick horse may be tempted sometimes by scraping a carrot under his nose and cutting slices of a convenient size; in this way he is afforded a certain amount of amusement, and the appetite which has been in abeyance may be reawakened. The chaff-cutter may be utilized for these vegetables, and oatmeal or other sustaining food sprinkled over the slices and made appetizing by the addition of salt or some of the many condiments now in the market.
Boiled or cooked roots are sometimes prescribed for sick animals, but they are found to be undesirable in health, having a tendency to produce flatulence and dyspepsia generally. For the same reason potatoes are not included in a sick diet.