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!
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:shock:
OUCH! Hope hes ok!
Well remember kids....No feet no horse!
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.
Ouch. Good thing it was right up against the shoe, as it appears the shoe stopped it from driving any deeper into the hoof.
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!
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.
OMG! So glad it was not worse. I always check before and after a ride.
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.
Oh and forgot to ask. What about tetanus???
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