Sunday night I was feeding our pasture boarded horses at approximately 8pm. I noticed a gelding took a nice chunk out of his face. I brought him up, rinsed it out and cleaned it with a Nolvason solution and txted the owner a picture and to get the ok to call the vet. Our regular vet was out of town and had to call an emergency service.
Long story short, I was there till after midnight. The vet was extremely thorough and put a million knots in each of the 15 sutures. The horse wasn't exactly cooperative and had to be sedated 3 or 4 times and of course I had to hold him and a flash light for 2 hours for a total of 3.5-4 hours from start to finish. I don't mind doing this at all other than my toddler didn't make it to bed till almost 1am (that little stinker!) but I'm not sure what to charge for my time. I feel horrible that this has already cost her a small fortune and normally don't charge a hold fee during regular business hours.
I've been lucky that most incidences we've had have been during the day except for one where the horse passed away (strangulating lipoma sp?) and I wasn't about to charge her for her horse dieing..I'm hoping to find an industry average here... thanks for your help!