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!