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Sore necks, saddle-galls, and stilfasts, are a species of injury and

sore, which are in many cases very difficult of cure, especially

saddle-galls on mules that have to be ridden every day. One of the best

remedies for saddle gall is to heighten the saddle up as much as

possible, and bathe the back with cold water as often as an opportunity

affords. In many cases this will drive the fever away and scatter the

trouble t
at is about to take place. This, however, does not always

scatter, for the trouble will often continue, a root forming in the

center of what we call the saddle-gall. The edges of this will be clear,

and the stilfast hold only by the root. I have had many cases of this

kind occur with the mule, both on his back and neck, mostly caused on

the latter part by the collar being too loose. And I have found but one

way to effectually cure them. Some persons advise cutting, which I think

is too tedious and painful to the animal. My advice is to take a pair of

pincers, or forceps of any kind, and pull it out. This done, bathe

frequently with cold water, and keep the collar or saddle as much free

of the sore as possible. This will do more towards relieving the animal

and healing the injury than all the medicine you can give. A little

soothing oil, or grease free from salt, may be rubbed lightly on the

parts as they begin to heal. This is a very simple but effective remedy.