1st ed., 1985. 127 pp., plates + map. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. Prior to the French Revolutionary Wars, the care of sick horses had been left to unskilled farriers whose brutal, amateur approach earned Britain a reputation as ‘The Hell of Horses’. The Duke-of-York, recognising the advantages of healthy well-shod animals, instituted a new practice and John Shipp joined the British Army in 1796 as its first qualified veterinary surgeon. The author follows Shipp’s training and service with the 11th and 23rd Light Dragoons. He saw action against the French in the Low Countries, the Peninsula and at Waterloo. This book gives a new insight into battle conditions of the day and reveals the hard life of a pioneering veterinary surgeon.