Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What are "horse balls"?

No, not the things stallions have that geldings do not. Not horse toys either.

In the old days, "horse balls" were basically horse pills - large pills that were forced down the sick horse's throat using a nasty looking device called a balling iron. Because horses are so big, then the doses they need are big too.

Most modern horse medicines come in smaller pills, pellets, or a powder or liquid designed to be mixed with foods, so the days of "balling" a horse are gone - but for the longest time it was the primary means of delivery.

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