When long sea journeys have to be taken by valuable horses every provision should be made for dealing with diseases and accidents which may occur on the voyage, and full instructions should be given to the attendant how to act in certain emergencies. Among other things he should be furnished with a clinical thermometer, and exercised in its use before starting. Suitable needles, carbolized thread and cord, should also be provided for stitching up wounds, as well as a stock of antiseptic wool for dressing them in the course of subsequent treatment.
These, together with the following list of medicines, will be found to meet all the ordinary requirements likely to arise in the course of a voyage : -
Antiseptic Lotion for Wounds.
Jar of Vaseline.
In some horses of excitable temperament it may be found necessary to inject a little morphia beneath the skin now and again until they settle down to their new mode of life.
Necessity may not arise for the use of any of the more active medicines, but where horses are confined for long periods in a standing posture a little nitrate of potash powder given in the food every second or third day will be found of distinct advantage in correcting any tendency that may arise to filling of the legs.