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        06-15-2013, 11:30 PM
    Why it's important to check your horse's feet.

    I noticed today she was off when I rode her for awhile (after checking them), and she was fine yesterday, so that confused me. I got off and assumed she was just sore, because she is coming back from a crack in her foot that was causing her pain previously.

    Well, I put her back in the pasture, and about an hour later I came back to get some boots and noticed she was standing with a foot cocked. I don't know what possessed me to go check it out, because that's a natural relaxed behavior, but I checked. And look what I found:

    So that's my little lesson for the day...Always check feet!
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        06-15-2013, 11:33 PM
    My horse broke the guard for the water bowl in his stall.....later that day I cleaned his feet out and found a lag bolt in his hoof! I always clean feet before riding.....you never know what's going on underneath
        06-15-2013, 11:33 PM
    OUCH! Hope he's ok!

    Well remember kids....No feet no horse!
        06-16-2013, 12:27 AM
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    Did you just pull it out? Our farrier said if there was any chance that a nail could be near the bone, to leave it in and get an xray and have Vet remove.
        06-16-2013, 12:30 AM
    Ouch. Good thing it was right up against the shoe, as it appears the shoe stopped it from driving any deeper into the hoof.
        06-16-2013, 01:56 AM
    Tiny - I texted my farrier a few pictures and he called me and gave me instructions, and from my description said it was safe to pull it out. I did so and she seems a lot more comfortable, she even gave a big sigh and licked her lips. He will be out to tomorrow to look at her. The nail was not long, but it sure scared me!
        06-16-2013, 02:02 AM
    I have always been told to always get a vet out for foreign objects protruding into the hoof. You never know how long it is (till you pull it out) and if its damaged anything inside.
    Always get a vet out to X-ray.
    Two people at a barn I was at had horses get nails in their hooves around the same time. One was xrayed and treated by a vet. The other wasn't. The second horse eventually had to be put down due to complications around infection.
    You got lucky, SH. I dearly hope that it heals up well.
        06-16-2013, 02:04 AM
    Green Broke
    OMG! So glad it was not worse. I always check before and after a ride.
        06-16-2013, 02:10 AM
    I trust my farrier. That is all.
    This is just a reminder to always check feet.
    If I did not trust him, I would not have touched the nail, and definitely would have called the vet. He has dealt with these things a lot more than I.
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        06-16-2013, 02:15 AM
    Green Broke
    Oh and forgot to ask. What about tetanus???

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