The following journal entry describes how to treat a balky horse – one who will just stop dead in his tracks and not move.
Dec 27th 1880 Pill for Baulky horse Make a pill of Opium (gum) first put the harness on so as to be agreeable to the horse make the pill size of hazelnut according to size & temperament of horse dampen with water & knead using a little flour to keep from sticking to the fingers half hour after taking the pill put him to work with a quiet horse load light at first
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