If your horse has stepped on a nail, or other sharp object that has penetrated the hoof capsule or sole, the first thing to remember is to resist the urge to pull it out! The second step, is to call us at 303-841-6006, and have the available veterinarian come out to x-ray your horse’s foot. This critical step allows us to determine where the nail actually went, whether important structures are involved, and what the prognosis may be.
While you wait for the veterinarian to arrive, keep your horse tied up in a clean location. You should also wrap the foot to help keep the environmental contaminants out of the wound. If a rear leg is affected, make sure any manure produced is cleaned quickly!