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Chest Founders

Mules are not subject to this disease. Some persons assert that they

are, but it is a mistake. These persons mistake for founder in the chest

what is nothing more than a case of contraction of the feet. I have

repeatedly seen veterinary surgeons connected with the army, on being

asked what was the trouble with a mule, look wise, and declare the

complaint chest founder, swelling of the shoulders, &c. I was inclined

to put some faith in the wisdom of these gentlemen, until Doctor Braley,

chief veterinary surgeon of the department of Washington, produced the

most convincing proofs that it was almost an impossibility for these

animals to become injured in the shoulder. When mules become sore in

front, look well to their feet, and in nine cases out of ten, you will

find the cause of the trouble there. In very many cases a good practical

shoer can remove the trouble by proper paring and shoeing.