EIPH - Your experiences and/or advice?
Just curious to see how many of you HFers have had to deal with EIPH (exercise induced pulomonary hemorrhage) with their horses. Studies have shown that nearly 100% of horses on an hard work schedule experience at EIPH at least once in their life, but most are asymptomatic and less than 1 in 20 show blood at the nostrils.
I've owned my current mare (5 y/o Thoroughbred, just off the track in February and started retraining mid-late April) since early April and she's been back in work since about mid-April. She had a particularly good work today but when I got off I noticed that she definitely had some blood trickling out of her left nostril. I cleaned it up and found no scrape or any irritants in her nostril, so I think it was definitely some EIPH. I'm going to work her pretty hard the next couple of days and see if it happens again; if it does I'm going to call the vet out to scope her so we can get a better look at what's going on and make a treatment plan for her. The normal medication they recommend is not FEI-legal (not an issue presently, since she is not competing at the FEI level) and can only be administered 24 hrs + before a USEF sanctioned event. Anyway, I'm just curious if any of you have experience with dealing with EIPH. Did you have a horse that only visibly had blood in the nostrils once or twice then never again? Was it something you had to deal with on a more regular basis? What did you do to treat it? What preventative steps did you take? Did you still compete the horse and put it through continued rigorous work?
Some sources I've found say that most horses display a decrease in performance during and after an episode that shows blood in the nostrils, but I definitely didn't notice a decrease in performance at all while I was riding, if anything near the end of my ride she was even better, so I'm going to have to see how she is tomorrow.
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