The practice of this useful profession has, till within the last 15 or 20 years, been almost entirely confined to a class of men, who were utterly ignorant of the anatomy of the horse, and the general principles of the art of healing. Their prescriptions were as absurd as the reasons they assigned for administering their draughts, bolusses, drenches, etc. An institution has at length been established, where the diseases of that noble animal, the horse, are the subject of peculiar attention; we mean the Veterinary College, which, we are happy to state, is patronized by the most respectable of the nobility and gentry.
As, however, in this work, we treat of the principal diseases, as well as the shoeing and general management of the horse, in their alphabetical order, we shall here only mention a few of the most esteemed works published on farriery; namely, Mr.. Clark's "Treatise on the Diseases of Horses'' (8 vo. 8s .6d.); his "Observations on the Snoeing of Horses" (8vo. 4s.); Mr. Tap-lin's "Gentleman's Stable Directory'' (2 vols. 8vo. 15s.); and likewise, Mr. LawraNce'S "Philosophical and Practical Treatise o?i Horses' (2 vols. 8vo. 17S. 1797) ; from which the inquisitive reader may collect the latest and most es-sential improvements made by English farriers.
Concerning the propriety of ad-ministering Horse-balls indiscriminately, on the suggestion of ignorant blacksmiths ', or of resorting to the most absurd external ap-plications, such as Bags for recovering a lost appetite, while the proper internal remedies are neglected, we shall briefly remark, that such conduct is equally injudicious, as the blind reliance on quack-medicines ; though it were to be wished, that the latter may be exclusively given to horses and other cattle.