A horse at my barn injured his fetlock running around like an idiot when I turned him out. I noticed his head bobbing 10 minutes after I turned him out. The next morning he was reluctant to walk and his fetlock was a little bit swollen with some heat.
I notified the owner and gave bute. The owner didn't come out till almost 9 pm that night..Luckily, he was walking on it a little better by that evening. I left her horse in and was sweeping up when she came in. She breifly looks at it and then starts grooming him.
I told her that I had standing wraps and a dmso/furazone mix she could use to wrap him up. She said thanks and picked out his feet. She didn't even cold hose his leg..
Am I being weird? What is my responsibility as the barn owner? Obviously gaping open wounds there would be no question.. I would take care of it even if she didn't but there is kind of a grey area with lameness... If it were my horse I would bute 2x a day for 3 or 4 days cold hose AT LEAST once a day if not twice and apply a dmso/furazone sweat with a few days complete stall rest and then increase his turn out but keep him wrapped at least a week.
Is doing nothing an acceptable option?