One of my horses stepped on a nail about 6 moths ago. She's doing a lot better but still seems to be in pain and limps when she walks on hard surfaces.
Im currently giving her Bute but its not improving much. What else can I do?
I'm assuming you have already - but have you had your farrier check it out? If so - you might perhaps have him/her check it again and watch her walk toward and away from them on a hard surface. There could still be underlying bruises. It does take some time to heal.
Did you have a vet and/or farrier look at your horse when she first stood on the nail? Maybe they need to take another look.
Also, how long has your mare been on Bute? It's not really recommended for long term use and I'd be very concerned that she required pain relief in the form of Bute for 6 months. I'm not sure what other pain relief is available for horses in the USA. Maybe I'm misunderstanding and she hasn't been on Bute very long.
What has your farrier said about her progress between the time she injured her hoof and now? Injuries to hooves can take a while to heal.
It was late at night when she stepped on the nail. I removed the nail and rode her home, she walked fine. As soon as I got home my friend gave her a tetanus shot. The next day she had a minor limp but seemed to be Ok. A few days went by and her limp worsened and she started to swell.
The Vet came out and gave her a shot for the swelling, pain and started her on penicillin. I gave her penicillin shots for about 7-10 days and all the swelling went down but the limp didnt go away. The vet said to give her some time to heal so I let her rest for 3-4 weeks. 3 weeks ago I applied a poultice gel and wrapped her hoof. She started to improve but some days she's better than others.
On Monday she was limping pretty bad, I called the vet and he put her on Bute and told me to remove the wrap and shoe which seemed strange to me but I removed it anyway. That made it worse, her limp worsened. I had the farrier check her out and shoe her again. He said her hoof was very soft and fragile, and advised me to start her on hoof supplements. The shoes made a huge difference, her limp improved.
At this point I don't know what to do. Should I just let her rest longer, should I call another vet and have her x-rayed, keep her on bute, what? Appreciate any advice I can get.