Every horseman should know something of the injuries, lamenesses, and diseases to which the horse is liable, so that, if he cannot avail himself of skilled advice or assistance, he may be able to render succour to the suffering beast, and direct attendants how to act in ministering to its relief and comfort. It is only too true, unfortunately, that not very much in this direction can be done by book instruction, and least of all with regard to disease; as attempts to impart knowledge of symptoms, and the appropriate treatment, are most likely to prove futile, if not dangerous. Therefore, in this place, no pretence will be made to make every horse-owner a horse doctor, but an endeavour will be made to make him somewhat acquainted with such details as to lameness, common injuries and diseases, as may be useful on emergencies, and especially instruction as to nursing, which, when well performed, is often more than three-parts of the cure of disease. Indeed, if the truth were known, there is too much doctoring and too little nursing of sick animals; and more cases are killed, or their recovery greatly retarded, by pouring drugs into them, than perhaps would die if left alone to the nurse's attentive ministrations. A familiarity with nursing, then, is of more importance to the horseman than amateur doctoring and physicking, which is not unfrequently blundering and deadly.