Owing to the low market price of wheat during the last few years, many farmers have used it largely among the horse-corn. It is undoubtedly a valuable food, but great care must be taken in using it. The marked increase it undergoes in bulk, as a result of fermentation, and the doughy character of the fermented mass, necessitates that only a small allowance be given at one time. With the view of lessening the danger of using it, many farmers damp the ground corn some time before feeding with it, and claim that by so doing they materially diminish the risk. When the price of wheat is relatively lower than other grains, many will continue to use it, but whenever its price is on a level with these, most will prefer the ordinary horse-corn.
Wheat appears to be a favourite article of diet with horses, and it is stated that they will, if allowed, gorge themselves with it, with serious consequences. Colic, tympany, and other ailments are the result of taking too large quantities. It has also been accused of being the cause of laminitis, or fever in the feet of the horse. Recently experiments by Dr. Voelcker have shown that, at its present price, it may be used with economy for feeding sheep.