Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
Ditto the vet and X-rays. The coffin bone could be in jeopardy from infection.
I had this happen many many years ago but the horse had stepped on a piece of metal fence post that had worked its way up to the ground surface.
She was on/off antibiotics for a month. When the antibiotics would leave her system, she'd be lame again.
I begged, borrowed, and practically stood on the street corner for a horse trailer to haul her to the only vet within 75 miles that had surgery setup and an X-ray machine. We're talking early 1970's when these things were not commonplace in a very rural county that was basically made up of cows.
The infection was literally within a dog's hair of reaching her coffin bone and causing permanent, lifetime damage. If she didn't have a complete recovery, it was questionable if she could have ever been ridden again.
She had to stay at the clinic for a few days but did make a full recovery.
Point-being - get the vet out to take X-rays or haul her to the vet for X-rays.
The tendon would be the very least of my worries if the nail went thru the frog and was aimed in the general vicinity of the coffin bone.