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post #1 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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dangers (hoof question)- very important for me to get answers

if a horse looses all its shoes and is left without a trim (flares and in need of a trim) and several nails still in the feet what are the dangers - how bad is it?
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 09:17 PM
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I would think that's not good. Nails could scrape the legs or fall out and get lodged in the feet. Can't be good for the way the horse walks.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 09:24 PM
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Hmm.. not to be cruel but why would you even consider leaving the nails in a horse's hooves?? Get a pair of pliers and pull them out!!

As far as a trim, it's not that bad as long as the length of hoof isn't overly long and doesn't throw off the alignment of the legs... at least not for a short period of time like a couple days but I would DEFINITELY get those nails out!
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 09:42 PM
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Without care you risk laminitis -- inflammation of the laminae because the walls will now be pulling away from the white line and the nails will be (and will get) loose allowing access for nasties to get in there. You need to pull the nails and trim as soon as possible. If you are not strong, you may need someone to help you pull the nails. You don't want the nails to be moving around, or falling out and ending up somewhere else in the hoof. If you can't get the trim done right away, I would use dish-soapy water and scrub the hooves very well. Rinse. You may want to soak in epsom salts to draw out anything that might still be in there. Keep the feet as clean as you can until you can get them trimmed.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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not my horse- just a horse I saw

What are other healt issues?
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 10:03 PM
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Other health issues? Well, go as far as you want really. Could end up with infection, laminitis could progress to founder, nail could work loose and puncture just about anywhere. It all comes down to how quickly and how well the situation is dealt with. I mean, really, to an extreme the horse could end up being put down.

Sounds like you are fishing for something in particular?
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-30-2010, 07:48 AM
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It is not very often that the shoe comes off all the way and the nails stay. Are you sure you are not just seeing the nail holes?
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-30-2010, 07:55 AM
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Laminitis can come from? The feet not being trimmed or the nails left in?
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-30-2010, 08:44 AM
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Laminitis is "just" an inflammation of the laminae so any place that bacteria can get in heightens the risk. WLD is a form of laminitis, or a precursor to, for example. So laminitis can result from either the lack of trim and/or the nails remaining. The nails will, IMO, cause a problem because without the depth of the shoe they will not be secure and their movement will damage the hoof more and more. Nails can be quite close to and can even cross through the laminae. With the combined stress of the walls pulling outward the nails moving, there will be more access points for dirt and bacteria.

Alwaysbehind brings up a valid point. I have actually never seen a nail stay in and the shoe come off. I took in a girl who threw one shoe in the trailer on the way here and another while waiting for us to get organized. Neither one left nails behind. But, of course, left the holes -- for garbage to get into.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-30-2010, 09:11 AM
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I agree with Alwaysbehind and northernmama, I've never seeen the nails stay in, they are well attacthed to the shoe, but I guess there is a first time for everything. Any way you can check the horses out without being caught?
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