We recently bought a horse and he was shoed on Sunday before we picked him up on Monday. Turns out that one of the nails in his left, front shoe was in the quick. We noticed the horse didn't want to take his left lead then he started kicking out when asked to lope. The vet determined the nail was "hot" and pulled it. He flushed it out with formaldahyde(sp?) to kill any infection. The vet said the 8 yr old gielding is sound and healthy.......except for the hot nail issue.
I've never dealt with this before. Can anyone give me an idea how long it might take for a horse to get over this? Yesterday I asked him for a lope in the round pen (not riding him) and he would lope but he laid his ears back when first asked to lope......then he would lick and chew. Since the horse is new to us, I'm not sure if he is still in a little pain or if he is just lazy (has only been ridden 4 times this year before we bought him).