Hide-Bound, in farriery, a disorder to which horses, or other cattle, are subject. It is known by the rigidity of the skin, which apparently adheres to the animal's ribs, without the least partial separation. The horse is generally languid, dull, heavy, and weak; his excrements are dark, foul, and offensive; he falls into profuse sweats on every little exertion; and his whole appearance indicates great weakness.
Want of proper care, and bad food, such as rank long grass in swampy situations, and musty hay or oats, are the most probable causes of this affection. Few di-rections, therefore, will suffice, as the case is rather a temporary inconvenience than a disease. The animal should first lose a little blood, in order to induce a slight change in the circulation, which should be increased by giving him, three or four hours after blood-let-ting, a mash of equal parts of malt, oats, and bran. This mixture ought to be repeated every night for two weeks, during which period two ounces of sulphur are to be stirred in, every second night: the animal's regular diet ought to consist of equal parts of oats and bran, with a pint of old beans in each, to prevent the mashes from relaxing his body. Besides, it will be requisite to give him regular dressing, air, exercise, sound oats, sweet hay, and plenty of good soft water ; by means of which he will speedily recover.
Hide-bound, is likewise an appellation given by husbandmen to those trees, the bark of which adheres too closely to the wood, and obstructs their growth. The most simple remedy that suggests itself on the occasion, is, to cleanse the bark properly with flannel or a brush, and make slight incisions, longitudinally, round the whole stem; yet this operation will be most advantageously performed in the vernal months, or early in the summer.