Ever heard the saying, "If there is a nail in a 100 acre pasture, one horse will find it?"
Well my colt did, this is half a rant and half just informative.
So last night I went out to see my horses, because I had forgot to take off their fly masks when I fed them. I called them to come up, none of them came. I could see my five month old colt off behind a tree so I called again. His momma came up, and he started calling, beginning to make his way toward me. I noticed he had a pretty severe limp, so I called my dad to come out while I went to investigate. When I lifted up his the hoof he was limping off, I notice a nail sticking out. I automatically began to get upset, trying not to cry while I made him stay still and momma continued to walk off without a care. My parents came out, my dad restrained him and I pulled out the nail. I called my vet's emergancy number to get some information, apparently they didn't believe me it was in his heel bulb, but that is a different story. The doctor on call told me that I shouldn't have pulled it out, was supposed to be able to get him and his momma in the trailer with the nail still stuck in his hoof and trailer him an hour to the vets office so they could do an x-ray. Though I already had done it, so they told us if he is "easy to work with" then we should soak it in some epson salt if we weren't going to trailer him for an emergancy visit... Anyway. So we got it soaked for about 12 minutes, he did wonderfully with it. I called the doctor back and told him that we wanted a vet to come out tomorrow (today) and give him a tetanus shot and look it over.
One came out today, he got a little sedation to get him knocked out while we messed with his foot. He got a cold wash and a scrub to get it really clean. She tried to see exactly how far the nail had went, but it was already sealed over and healing. So for now, we have to wash off it twice a day with cold water, soak in banadine solution twice a day, he gets antibiodics twice a day, and an inflamatory once a day, plus he got a tetanus shot...
The guy I spoke to last night, apparently did not listen when I said it was in the bulb of his heal, he made this vet believe that it wasn't, and was in danger of hitting his coffin bone... I don't know if he thouht I didn't know what I was talking about, or what. Though she said it is a lot better then she imagined and to watch him for the next several days and to keep treating it aggressively.
Also, I'm wondering how many people would have just let their five month old colt walk around with a nail sticking out his hoof until a vet could get there. I know I might get some critique for my actions, but what is done is done. We could have been like some people and just let him go without veternarian care.
I question more, that who thinks that epsonsalt does nothing to ease the soreness?