She had rusty metal in her hoof! :(
 
 

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She had rusty metal in her hoof! :(

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    05-01-2012, 10:03 PM
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Foal
Red face She had rusty metal in her hoof! :(

I bought my first horse on Friday, and the farrier saw her same day. She does not wear shoes, and she got her hooves trimmed. When I rode her on Saturday (soft ground) she seemed reluctant to go and I was told by the instructor that it was because of my body language, she sensed I was a little nervous. But she was so good and gentle, no problems or behaviors. On Sunday, the BO said she saw Anna limping in the pasture, back left leg. She checked her hoof and didn't see anything. Then she kept digging and poking until the horse flinched. Then she noticed a little tip of something metal. She got the pliers and extracted the 1.5 inch rusted "wire". She put some antibiotic stuff in the hole and put her back out to pasture. Today (Tuesday) I went to see her and she is still favoring that hoof. She doesn't mind picking it up and letting you look at it or touch it, but she doesn't really want to walk on it. I didn't ride her I just groomed her and spent time with her. The BO said today that she knew it would be a couple days before it stopped being sore. I don't see anything when I look at the hoof but I am inexperienced in such things. I just want some reassurance. This will heal, right? She's going to be ok? She won't be lame? When she stands she keeps it off the ground as if she's resting. Any encouragement would be so welcome. Should she see the farrier or vet for this? Thank yall so much!
     
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    05-01-2012, 10:12 PM
  #2
Trained
Yes she will probably heal, but

1) Has she had her shots, if you don't know then speak to your vet, deep puncture wounds on the feet are ideal to pick up tetanus.

2) You will have to watch it carefully in case she gets worse, could be that an abscess or other infection could happen, being a deep puncture wound, in an area that gets dirty. Monitor how she moves and the temperature of the hoof, if it hets hot to touch you have an issue

3) There is a difference in being sore and being hopping lame, it IS possible for a nail or wire going that deep into the foot to damage joints in there, so once again it will need to be watched carefully. If she is non weight bearing lame then she needs to be seen by a vet quickly.
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    05-01-2012, 10:17 PM
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Trained
If the nail or wire was removed 2 days ago and she is still favoring it tomorrow, call the vet, your horse needs professional medical care. Ignoring the proper veterinary proceedure could mean your horse could be lame for a very long time, if not permantly.
     
    05-01-2012, 10:44 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I'm sorry this happened to your horse.
For future reference, do not let anyone pull anything that embedded out of a hoof. It is important to know what if anything it damaged while in there & once it is out it is difficult to tell. Things like that should be removed by a vet so proper treatment can take place & that may include X-rays before removing the object.

I think your horse does need to be seen by a vet.
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    05-01-2012, 10:45 PM
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Foal
Thank you for the replies! I will go out there tomorrow and see how she is doing. She up-to-date on annual shots and worming and coggins. She does put weight on it with a slight limp. She did not start limping until after I rode her on Saturday and now I feel so bad that I rode her when she was hurt. Not a good way to start our relationship! I'm just really nervous about the whole thing and I'm going to have to call the vet tomorrow if it's not getting better.
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    05-01-2012, 10:48 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by JadenAndGagesMom    
Thank you for the replies! I will go out there tomorrow and see how she is doing. She up-to-date on annual shots and worming and coggins. She does put weight on it with a slight limp. She did not start limping until after I rode her on Saturday and now I feel so bad that I rode her when she was hurt. Not a good way to start our relationship! I'm just really nervous about the whole thing and I'm going to have to call the vet tomorrow if it's not getting better.
Don't feel bad, things like this happen. Vet is a good plan.
Let us know how she is doing.
     
    05-07-2012, 07:08 AM
  #7
Yearling
Jaden, how is your horse? What happened with the vet?
Hoping you haven't written back because all was found to be perfectly fine with your new girl! Best of luck...Tammy :0)
     
    05-07-2012, 12:44 PM
  #8
Foal
Thanks for asking, her hoof is all healed up now! The next day I went out she wasn't limping at all! We put some more antibiotic ointment in it just to be safe. Yesterday I cleaned out all her hooves really well and there were no problems :) all is well- thank you so much everyone!
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    05-07-2012, 12:52 PM
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Trained
I take it you did not have the vet out at all to examine her hoof? That's just good. You need to know whether their is damage within the hoof, a pocket of infection/whatever. Some horses are extremely good at masking pain and injuries.
     
    05-07-2012, 01:33 PM
  #10
Foal
No the vet hasn't seen the hoof. I was going to call him out if she wasn't better but she was. And the experienced people there said the hoof wasn't "feverish" and that she was going to be fine, no vet needed. She doesn't favor it at all anymore.
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