Originally Posted by smrobs
I agree, I wouldn't give a strange horse any form of medicine because you don't know if they have a sensitivity to it or if they are on another medicine that would react with it.
I would probably try to put a halter on the horse and keep it from rolling while trying to find a way to contact the owner. Do you know where they work? Do you know which vet they use?
All legal issues aside, if I couldn't contact the owner and the horse was getting worse, I would probably call my own vet out to see it.
Also, just to be on the safe side in the future, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to exchange home/cell/work phone numbers so if it ever happens again (or if it happens to one of yours when you're not home).
I agree completely. The last part is a great plan. My neighbors (well at least the ones I like and they do have one horse) have all of the possible ways to contact me, my husband and my mom. I've also given them (neighbors and my mom) authorization on file with my vet for emergency farm calls should they not be able to contact me. I'd rather have a vet bill that wasn't necessary than a sick, injured (or worse) horse because I couldn't be reached.
They also have a folder with all of my gang's info in it, that way if there are any allergies or special circumstances they know what can be done or what can't.
Hope all turns out okay Taffy. Please keep us updated!