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I have said this before and I will say it again (and you may quote me). If you think pin firing is a good idea, stick a few red-hot pokers several times into an extremely sore portion of your own anatomy and then slap on a substance that causes a severe burning sensation. If you still feel it is a good idea, then go ahead and pin fire your horse.
Pin firing is the treatment of an injury to a horse’s leg, by burning, freezing, or dousing it with acid or caustic chemicals. This is supposed to induce a counter-irritation and speed and/or improve healing. This treatment is used more often on than on other performance horses. It is sometimes used in the treatment of bucked shins or splint, curb, or chronic There was also the theory that it would “toughen” the leg of the horse. This treatment is prevalent in equine books published in the early 20th century; however many present-day veterinarians and horse owners consider it barbaric and a cruel form of treatment. It is not generally taught in veterinary schools today.
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