Heavy Horse Week: Opium for Shires

How to Manage a Vicious Horse so as to do anything with him

[a recipe from horseman Jack Juby‘s notebook of horse cures]

Take Oil of Fennel, oil of Cinnamon, oil of Thyme, oil of Rosemary, Tincture of opium, Tincture Arnica, illontara, oil of Nutmeg, oil of Anniseed, one ounce of Lunas powder.

Take a little of the powder and put a few drops out of each bottle on it so as to make a paste and the air must be kept from it after you have made it. Rub a little on your whip and on your hands and stroke them over the horse’s nostrils a few times. This must be all kept in separate bottles.

From My Life with Horses, The Story of Jack Juby MBE, Master of the Heavy Horse, by Alison Downes and Alan Childs.

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