Left him at 8:30pm last night right as rain, had a wonderful sound day and was looking great. Went back at 10am this morning and he'd lost a front shoe but the worst part was he had stepped on it with his back foot and it got stuck, the nail puncturing his foot! I have no idea how long he had been like this!
I pulled out the nail/shoe and it bled a little. Luckily the farrier was in the area and was able to swing by within 20 minutes to put the shoe back on. He looked at his foot and said it wasn't a serious issue and that he'd be fine. He removed some of the foot where he'd punctured it so that he wouldn't put weight on a sore area. It had long stopped bleeding when he arrived and he said it didn't puncture anything critical.
His foot looks OK but was definitely sore -- not surprising since he stepped on a nail! He could walk but when he stood still he would cock that leg to avoid putting pressure on the foot and really didn't want me to pick up the opposite hind foot.
I'm going to rest him tomorrow and Monday and probably just turn him out on Tuesday (vs usual hand walks) but I'm wondering if there is anything else I should be worried about or doing or looking out for? I bought him nice no-turn bell boots to wear in his stall to hopefully help prevent this from happening again and the ranch hands are aware to keep an eye on him.
Disclaimer: The point of this board is not for you to criticize the fact he lost another shoe -- I have another farrier coming out next time he is due for a second opinion and this horse is well cared for and has a nice, big, clean stall.