Can't decide if I should call the vet yet...
Zee has some swelling in his lower left front leg. When I showed up for my lesson last night, I noticed swelling about half way down his lower leg (a few inches below the knee) down to and including his ankle. The swelling was mainly on the outside and back of the leg. He was not in pain, perhaps a tiny bit sensitive to squeezing it. Walking and standing fine. I put him on the lunge line, and he walked fine, but I noticed a very slight sensitivity to it at the trot. My trainer was in the middle of the area and couldn't see it at all. When she took a closer look at the leg, she thought it actually looked like a popped splint on the outside of the leg. I poulticed and wrapped it last night. Actually, I had to run over to NJ to the tack shop to get wraps, poultice, etc. By the time I got back, about two hours later to wrap him, there was a noticable improvement in the swelling.
This morning (woke up at 5:00 to drive over there in a snow storm and still made it to work on time), I unwrapped it and hosed the poultice off. There was a very, very slight decrease in swelling compared to the time I wrapped. I went back over at lunch time, and he was about the same. I did email my vet last night (she's in Florida and we got 6 inches of snow last night, hate her) and she didn't seem overly concerned, but told me who was covering for her while she's away and I can call if there's no improvement.
I wouldn't say he's lame, or in pain, but I worry that it should still be checked out by a vet. However, I am on the verge of turning into that owner that stresses about EVERYTHING. I kept him in on stall rest today, and plan to wrap him again tonight. Am I jumping the gun if I call the vet out, or should I give him a few days and see how he is on Monday?
I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.