This morning, before church, my gelding was walking around just fine.
When we got home at 12:30pm, I went out to saddle my mare for a ride and noticed that my gelding was limping. At first, I thought it was on a hind-leg, as the farrier yesterday said he thought my gelding looked a little stiff on one of his hind-legs.
When he wouldn't pick up either of his hind legs for me, I knew it had to be pain in the fronts somewhere. There was no swelling at that point, so it wasn't immediately obvious, but when I picked up his front right and cleaned the mud from his hoof, he had the head of a nail sticking out from just to the side of the middle of his hoof.
I momentarily panicked, thought about pulling the nail out, but remembered several years ago when my mare stepped on a nail, I pulled the nail out and the vet told me that I should have left it until he got there... So I didn't pull the nail out of Dakota's hoof and instead came in and called the emergency vet number.
Since it's Sunday, and they're not open, it was just a phone consultation, but I was told to remove the nail from Dakota's hoof, give him some Bute, and come in and buy a Tetanus shot in the morning to give him.
He's still limping, but not as badly, though the leg is starting to swell up and there's heat in it. I applied medication (an iodine paste) and wrapped his hoof, but I'm a bit worried...
I won't be able to give Dakota the Tetanus shot until tomorrow, probably around noon... How fast can tetanus set into a wound?
Also, when I removed the nail, I had to put his hoof down for a moment in order to uncap the medication. The few minutes his hoof was on the ground, when I picked it back up, it was bleeding. The nail was a little over an inch long, and embedded in his hoof about an inch deep... was the blood a bad sign or just normal? The nail was in his hoof just to the side of the frog of the hoof, in the softer area... and I don't remember my mare's hoof bleeding when she stepped on a nail several years ago.
ETA: I have checked all over where my horses are currently pastured (in the Lot behind the house) for other nails and have found none (I cleaned it up last week), but I plan on doing a full, second sweep tomorrow.