12-09-2008, 08:03 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear that you are in this position; it's not a good feeling to be out of control of the situation. Make sure that the owner of the horse (if it's not you, your friend or the trainer) is aware of the injury. It is generally best to call them first and let them be the one to make decisions about whether or not to call the vet.
If you know that the owner is likely not to take the horse's well-being into account, you can always call the vet yourself, but then you may be stuck with the bill.
Injuries to the head and around the eye can be serious and should be treated proactively. As someone already stated, some injuries look far worse than they actually are though.