I won't keep you in suspense. Nemo stepped on a nail. A big - long - old - rusty - bent - carpenters nail. The worst kind. Of course, we didn't know these details at the time. All we knew was, Nemo stepped on a nail and the vet was on their way. He continues proving to be Brad's million dollar horse.
Thankful for our trainers many years of experience, who knew not to pull a nail out. You read it right. Do not pull a nail out from your horses foot. Pulling a nail out is the natural thing to do. I would have. Instead, do you and your horse a favor and call a vet! They can treat your horse sooo much better, if they know exactly where the nail is inserted into the foot and what damage may have been done.
Before pulling out the nasty nail, the vet took x-rays. What we saw made everyone cringe. Ouch!! Poor Nemo! The long bent nail barely missed a ligament. It may have nicked the sheath that surrounds it. Brad was given three options: hauling Nemo into the vets for surgical wound flushing, treating the wound at the barn, or just stomach antibiotics. He chose the recommended middle option. It made the most sense after seeing what we were dealing with. Here is the nasty culprit:
We met the vet at the barn today for a day after follow-up. She was thrilled with how sound Nemo is, and so are we! She repeatedly mentioned the difference that early care made. We fully know, Nemo is "not out of the woods". In his better interest, the vet recommended that Nemo get turned out with Cierra & Koda. We feel it was the right decision. With movement, the tourniquet swelling went down even more.
The best case scenario, Nemo should be sound to ride in a couple weeks. Worst case scenario, we have to do surgery (option one). Time will tell. We are so very grateful, and reminded, that anything can happen at any given time. Thankful for our trainer, and her wonderful apprentices, who truly love animals and noticed right away, and our knowledgeable caring vets. They are the best. But what we are most thankful for is our one of a kind, beloved, big guy Nemo...
|Checking out his wrapped foot, after a well deserved roll|