05-29-2009, 10:35 AM
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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.