So I bring my horse into the barn on Wednesday to get her monthly trim. I go to pick her feet (because the farrier was running late, and I think it's courteous to do. Lol ) I notice her left hind leg is swollen around the cannon area. (This is my first horse, so do forgive my complete ignorance!) She was walking fine, wasn't very tender about it, etc. It did have a little heat coming off of it. Her leg does have a section of hair missing about like it would look if a hoof had connected with her leg. Her pasture mate is very bossy and kicks/bites at her anyway, so this isn't really a surprise.
So the farrier, barn owner, barn owner's other farriers, and another boarder have concluded that it is simply a kick. It is swollen, and requires 15 minutes of cold water run over it every day.
That was Wednesday. It's been about 5 days now. I've run cold water over it for 15 minutes 1-2 times a day. I've even tried cold compresses in wraps for 15 minutes while supervised. Nothing seems to help the swelling. She doesn't seem to be in pain. She still walks, trots, and acts normal. I've asked if I should call the vet out, and I seem to be getting a "it's not a big deal" or "there's nothing you can do but let it heal on its own" response. I was wondering...
I don't know. It just seems like if it were getting better, it'd have gone down a little after 5 days?
Pictures included. Thoughts, please! I went ahead and called to see when the vet would be available. I can't get a vet out here until Friday at the earliest. :/