This section is from the book "The Farmers Ready Reference Or Hand Book Of Diseases Of Horses And Cattle", by S. C. Orr. . Also available from Amazon: The Farmer's Ready Reference;.
A good nurse is of as much importance as a good doctor. A careless or indifferent person should never be intrusted with the care of sick animals There should always be plenty of fresh, pure air, but all drafts or currents should be avoided. The patient should always be clothed according to the condition of the weather. In very cold weather a woolen blanket is best; but in moderate weather a cotton covering is more comfortable; and in very warm weather a thin sheet should be used to keep off the flies. The stall should be kept clean and free from filth. There can be no fixed rule laid down for feeding. Some horses, like some people, when sick seem to have peculiar whims in regard to their food that only the most careful and judicious nurse knows how to gratify. All food should be clean and easy of digestion. Cooked food is best, but some animals will not eat it. Feed whatever of the grains an animal will eat best and give it wet or dry as seems best to suit the taste. Give green grass when obtainable; at other times give clean, sweet, well-cured hay. Food of all kinds should be given in small quantities, and often. As a general rule, water can be given freely. A good plan is to keep a pail of cool water where the patient can go to it at will. A horse with a fever will go to the bucket and rinse out and cool his mouth when he does not want to drink.