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Exclamation PLEASE HELP! Nails In Hoof- possible infection?

Ok so... There is this Appaloosa, under 10 years broke to ride. They are trying to give it away, they cant keep it... But heres the thing. The horse had 2 nails in his hoof. They pulled them out. The foot needs to be examined and treated so any infection that might be there doesn't get into the blood stream. He doesn't act lame but who knows what might be lurking. What do you think? I am afraid that the horse won't get a home if I don't get it, and will be put out to pasture and left without a vet and good farrier looking at his hoof. I'm sorry but thats all I know!! I would REALLY appreciate any advice!

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you're saying that he stepped on two nails that went into his foot, not that he has two nails left over from being shod, still remaining after the shoe itself came off. Right? They should have had xrays taken WITH the nails still in the foot to see if they came anywhere near the bone inside.

It sounds like they are not doing anything becuase they don't want to spend the money. YOu can always offer to pay for it? How long since the nails were removed? Horse shows no sign of lameness, right.? I suppose if a few days pass and no sign, then he won't become so. However, in the case of any foreign object getting too close to a bone or the joint and causing infection, the sooner it is treated by vet, the better the long term prognosis for horse.
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Where were the nails in his hoof? Were they remnants from a shoeing, just stuck in the hoof wall? Or were the buried in living tissue in the frog/sole area from an unfortuante mis-step?
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Where were the nails in his hoof? Were they remnants from a shoeing, just stuck in the hoof wall? Or were the buried in living tissue in the frog/sole area from an unfortuante mis-step?
What Bubba said.

If they're just in the hoof wall, they're not going to get infected. However, if the nails are actually embedded in the meat of his foot, I'd be very worried about infection.

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you're saying that he stepped on two nails that went into his foot, not that he has two nails left over from being shod, still remaining after the shoe itself came off. Right? They should have had xrays taken WITH the nails still in the foot to see if they came anywhere near the bone inside.

It sounds like they are not doing anything becuase they don't want to spend the money. YOu can always offer to pay for it? How long since the nails were removed? Horse shows no sign of lameness, right.? I suppose if a few days pass and no sign, then he won't become so. However, in the case of any foreign object getting too close to a bone or the joint and causing infection, the sooner it is treated by vet, the better the long term prognosis for horse.
All I know is what I said above. I was a little confused on that to- but I believe they mean he stepped on a few nails. I don't believe they can afford to have x-rays. I dont know how long it was since the nails were removed. They say there is no sign of lameness, but i'm not sure if they walked or trottoed the horse.

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Where were the nails in his hoof? Were they remnants from a shoeing, just stuck in the hoof wall? Or were the buried in living tissue in the frog/sole area from an unfortuante mis-step?
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What Bubba said.

If they're just in the hoof wall, they're not going to get infected. However, if the nails are actually embedded in the meat of his foot, I'd be very worried about infection.
No clue.. I am going to have to get more info. I believe he stepped on nails..

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