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the practice of putting something irritating in the vagina of a mare at sale time to ginger her up; causes an elevation of the tail and a smarter appearance generally. In males the same effect may be attempted by putting the irritant in the rectum but the rapid evacuation from that site would reduce the severity of the irritation. Substances used are a clove of ginger or onion, pepper, etc. Done with some discretion it should not do a great deal of harm but would be considered to be an act of cruelty in any civilized community.