Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Watch out for nails!

On Sunday when I went to visit Panama, I noticed he had two fresh scrapes on his rear end, both of them somewhat vertical and on either side of his tail. Neither had broken the skin, but both had sheared the hair off.

Neither scrape looked like a bite, and looking at them, I had a hunch that a nail had caused them. I could think what else in the corral he could have done it on, really — I can't see wood (either the fence or one of the trees) making marks like that. So after I finished graining and grooming Panama, I decided to have a look around his corral.

Sure enough, within the first few minutes I found a likely culprit: two nail heads sticking out of the fence by at least an inch each. They were on the top board, so they were the right height to have caused the scrapes. A little lower on the same fence post, there was another one; and on another fence (thankfully where the horses don't go very often), I found a few pointy ends exposed.

Michael and I had plans, so when I got home I told him about the nails. We each grabbed a hammer and, on the way to meet my mom, stopped back at Panama's new home to resolve the problem. Michael pounded the nail heads down while I took care of the pointy ends and scouted for other problems.

It makes me feel a little better knowing that there are now no exposed nails for Panama to hurt himself on!



At September 9, 2008 at 8:36 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Horses love to scratch their butts on anything they can find. I'm always nervous about not catching loosened nails in time. Once my horses tore a piece of wood off the fence, nails and all, and my gelding began swinging it around in his mouth. He pegged my mare in the nose and she ended up with two nail holes in her nose!

At September 9, 2008 at 8:47 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

My nose is having sympathy pains just thinking about it! Ugh!

I worry about the nails too -- especially now that Panama isn't at a "real" boarding facility!


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