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        09-04-2011, 02:11 PM
    Thumbs down Ouch!

    I went out to see my horse Friday night. I called his name in the pasture and he was calling and calling back to me but wouldn't walk toward me, which he always does, so I knew something was wrong. I got there and he was absolutely covered in bugs...and it was about 95 degrees outside...poor guy. I looked down and he threw half of his left shoe, the other half's nails were up into the sole of his foot. He could barely walk, hence why he couldn't get a way from the bugs, let along stomp his legs. I got him to the indoor where the footing is soft and we got the shoe off, however when we got the nail out it started spurting bright red blood out from under his foot. I first thought ARTERIAL WOUND! And started getting worried but that bleeding stopped quickly and hasn't bled since. I called the vet ASAP and he came out. Now here's where I need advice... everyone has different theories and see things in a different light, so please, no negative commentary. My vet said to only wrap his foot at night, because you don't want it wrapped for more than 24 hours. He also does not want to start him on antibiotics unless he starts swelling badly and/or starts getting worse. So for the past two nights, he's been wrapped at night with epsom salts. HOWEVER, it just seems weird to me, and I don't want to risk and absess or infection, so I rewrapped it for the day. I just want opinions as to whether you think he should be wrapped round the clock and if I should be giving him the antibiotics as a preventative measure. He is getting bute but the poor thing can barely walk, it's so sad :(

    Thanks everyone.
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        09-04-2011, 02:23 PM
    Green Broke
    Vet probably doesn't want the wound to stay moist, causing an infection. Wrapping it will keep moisture in it, if I'm not mistaken and could keep it from draining properly if need be. I'd follow the vet's advice, personally.
        09-04-2011, 02:28 PM
    That's what I was thinking as well, I put it on again today because there are other injured horses, so he was in an area where manure and urine are mixed in with shavings...I didn't want him standing in it all day. Thanks for giving me your thoughts.
        09-04-2011, 02:31 PM
    Green Broke
    I hope he gets better : / Poor guy.
        09-04-2011, 02:35 PM
    Thanks...me too.
        09-04-2011, 02:54 PM
    Did the vet take X-rays? 'Cause it seems to me that X-rays sure should have been taken, preferably prior to pulling out the nails, but even afterwards....!

    Is your horse UTD on his tetanus vaccine? I would have thought, in a case like this, that the vet would have wanted to do preemptive antibiotics....
        09-04-2011, 05:50 PM
    Your vet prescribed wrapping only part of the day to avoid the risk of opportunistic, anaerobic bacteria or fungi intruding on the solar tissues. If you want to keep the foot wrapped for longer you will need to remove the wrapping and clean/dry the foot thoroughly at least once per day.

    If unwrapped during the day hours, keep the horse stalled in clean bedding and monitor for inflammation, heat and bounding pulse as appropriate. A preventative course of antibiotics and a tetanus vaccine won't hurt.

    Radiographs are indicated if there exists concern that a nail may have penetrated the distal phalanx and are always a good baseline to have on hand anyway.

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        09-04-2011, 06:02 PM
    Poor guy I hope he gets well soon.
        09-04-2011, 06:21 PM
    Green Broke
    You hired a doctor of equine medicine with years of schooling and experience to actually examine the horse, then tell you what to do, but you're on a websight seeking medical advice from unknown strangers, Think about that for a minute. Listen to your vet, if you have reason to doubt them, hire another vet.
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        09-04-2011, 10:39 PM
    Uh thanks for that...like I said in my first post, if you have nothing helpful to say then don't say it. I merely asked for various opinions. Is that not what a message forum is for? Sheesh. Take the attitude elsewhere. As to other posts, they want me to call back Tuesday for an update to see if xrays are appropriate. The nail was taken out before the vet got there. I started him on antibiotics tonight as he was a little bit swollen. Thanks for everyone's POSITIVE thoughts. Minus one. Hopefully he'll be feeling better soon! :)

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