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A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of the Foot of the Horse, by Richard Hayward Budd

Book # 24: A practical treatise on the diseases of the foot of the horse : containing a correct description of their nature, causes, and method of prevention: with suggestions of improved plans of treatment, founded on physiological principles. also, rules of shoeing, by which the ordinary evils attending this process may be in some measure prevented, by Richard Hayward Budd (1816).

Richard Hayward Budd begins his text with a dedication to his patron, Sampson Hanbury, the descendent of a noble family who resided in Hertfordshire, England. In the introduction to the text, Hayward notes that his motivation to produce this work was to improve and provide veterinarians with a resource for specific disorders and injuries to the legs of horses.

The text outlines several ailments affecting the legs of horses. They include sandcrack (fissures in the hoof), corns (bruises on the sole of the foot), thrush (an infection of the frog of a horse’s foot), canker (an infection of the horn of a horse’s foot), ringbone (a growth affecting the coffin joint or pasturn), quittor (necrosis of the cartilage in the foot), contraction (the effects of the application of shoes to a horse’s foot), and founder (laminitis). Budd outlines how these various disorders arise, symptoms that horses exhibit who are suffering from them, and advice about how to treat them.

About Budd himself, little scholarly information exists. However, a public genealogy website suggests that he was a practicing veterinarian in London, England, in the early 19th century before ultimately moving to the United States where he ultimately settled in New York.

See: The Budd Family Tree Site

Explore a full-text version of Budd’s text here.