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    11-03-2010, 12:35 AM
  #1
Foal
nose bleeds?

So wierdest, scariest thing I have ever experienced with my horse happened the other day. While I was riding him his nose started to bleed, probably wouldn't have noticed right away except I stopped to talk to somebody on the other side of the fence and I noticed what looked to be fresh blood so I immediatly got off him and took him inside and checked him out, once he was at rest the bleeding slowed and eventually stopped but I have had him almost 6 years now and never had anything like this happen before. I phoned the vet and he figured it was just because our indoor gets so dry but honestly our indoor is quite moist right now and it didn't start until I took him outside.i know this can happen in racehorses but he is a QH and I didn't work him any harder then usual but where I usually ride him every other day the past month or so he has only been ridden a few times. I haven't ridden him since but I gave him a few days off then trotted him around on the lunge line yesterday and he seemed fine. Anyone had any experience with this or suggestions anything?
     
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    11-03-2010, 12:42 AM
  #2
Yearling
One of the school horses at my college had chronic bloody noses.. It turned out to be a benign tumor. Sorry I couldn't provide you with more info!
     
    11-03-2010, 12:45 AM
  #3
Weanling
What did the vet say?
     
    11-03-2010, 12:57 AM
  #4
Yearling
I used to ride an absolute sweetheart of a reiner (a QH like your guy) who would get bloody noses when he was worked for the first time in a week or two and occasionally during regular work. He was diagnosed with an abscess that did not hurt him in anyway, just caused more of a sympathy pang in my heart.

I would call the vet out to have it checked, especially if it happens again. Chances are it's nothing serious but it should still be looked at.
     
    11-03-2010, 01:34 AM
  #5
Foal
The vet said that he's seen horses get bloody noses at our barn before because our indoor can get quite dry and not to worry about it but I have ridden in the indoor a thousand times when it was dustier and dryer then that and by the time it started bleeding I had taken him outside. What exactly happened was I was riding him in the indoor and he was fine then all of a sudden he started acting up and throwing his head around and running out on me and what not, I figured he was just being a jerk bc he does do this type of thing when he doesn't want to listen so I took him outside and did a little bit of round penning till he had the bucks out, then he seemed fine and was ok so I got on again and did about 2 or 3 laps around the round pen before stoping and noticing the blood, altogether he maybe had about 30-45 mins worth of excersise...could something have gone up his nose maybe?i dunno, even though the vet said don't worry about it, and it didn't happen when I lunged him i'm still paranoid if I ride him again he will start bleeding again.
     
    11-03-2010, 01:36 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Zeke    
I used to ride an absolute sweetheart of a reiner (a QH like your guy) who would get bloody noses when he was worked for the first time in a week or two and occasionally during regular work. He was diagnosed with an abscess that did not hurt him in anyway, just caused more of a sympathy pang in my heart.

I would call the vet out to have it checked, especially if it happens again. Chances are it's nothing serious but it should still be looked at.
chance is supposed to be my reiner as well. Were you still able to rein on your guy?i was thinking of just slowly bumping his excersise up from lunging to walk trot under saddle ect slowly just to make sure its not going to happen again but am wondering what everyone has to say about it, as I have never had this happen
     
    11-03-2010, 02:10 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by dashforcache    
chance is supposed to be my reiner as well. Were you still able to rein on your guy?i was thinking of just slowly bumping his excersise up from lunging to walk trot under saddle ect slowly just to make sure its not going to happen again but am wondering what everyone has to say about it, as I have never had this happen
He was on regular work and had no problems, so yup he was a great reiner. Like I said the nose bleeds didn't hurt him, they were just the result of the abscess filling and needing to be drained (which it would do naturally) resulting in a nose bleed. Sometimes it bled more then others, I would take it easy if I knew he hadn't been out in awhile and then just gave him a rinse and extra cookies after the ride. Giving your horse plenty of time to warm up makes no difference if he has what the horse I rode had, but can never hurt to do anyways. I would say he's probably fine...but if it happens again I would not settle for a vet's diagnosis over the phone, just to be safe.
     
    11-03-2010, 02:22 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Zeke    
He was on regular work and had no problems, so yup he was a great reiner. Like I said the nose bleeds didn't hurt him, they were just the result of the abscess filling and needing to be drained (which it would do naturally) resulting in a nose bleed. Sometimes it bled more then others, I would take it easy if I knew he hadn't been out in awhile and then just gave him a rinse and extra cookies after the ride. Giving your horse plenty of time to warm up makes no difference if he has what the horse I rode had, but can never hurt to do anyways. I would say he's probably fine...but if it happens again I would not settle for a vet's diagnosis over the phone, just to be safe.
thanks, I will start him slow again since he hasn't been ridden as regularily as usual and if it happens again I will definitely have the vet come see him. Thanks a bunch.pretty freaky when a completely healthy horse you've had for so long all of a sudden gets a nose bleed.
     
    11-03-2010, 07:58 PM
  #9
Started
I had my mare for about a year before she got her first bloody nose, and with her it was a recurring issue. She never actually raced, but the vet said that some horses just happen to be bleeders. It is more common in race horses, but he said that in her case it was coming from her lungs. As she worked, and started breathing harder, occasionally she would start bleeding from the lungs, which naturally came out her nose as she breathed. It was nothing major, and he said that unless it started coming from both nostrils (it only came out of one at a time), or was very profuse, to not worry about it. Cool her down a bit, give her a break, then continue riding. I personally would have your vet out to look at him though, just to be sure there is nothing to worry about. They can't make a guaranteed diagnosis over the phone, so everything is just speculation until the vet actually takes a look at him.
     
    11-03-2010, 11:10 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by dressagebelle    
I had my mare for about a year before she got her first bloody nose, and with her it was a recurring issue. She never actually raced, but the vet said that some horses just happen to be bleeders. It is more common in race horses, but he said that in her case it was coming from her lungs. As she worked, and started breathing harder, occasionally she would start bleeding from the lungs, which naturally came out her nose as she breathed. It was nothing major, and he said that unless it started coming from both nostrils (it only came out of one at a time), or was very profuse, to not worry about it. Cool her down a bit, give her a break, then continue riding. I personally would have your vet out to look at him though, just to be sure there is nothing to worry about. They can't make a guaranteed diagnosis over the phone, so everything is just speculation until the vet actually takes a look at him.
hey, thanks, looks like theres many different reasons for this. The vet said he has seen this before at our barn specifically, but I have been working him slowly (gives me an excuse to teach him to lunge as he has never been taught this) and he had a little bit harder workout on the lunge line today and still no blood so hopefully as I increase his excersise there will continue to be no blood, if there is then I will be calling the vet out immediately. But this kindove is a blessing in disguise as it is giving me a chance to teach him to lunge which I am finding is a good way to stopped him from running out of his circles at the lope in the one direction. Never thought to fix it that way, you can't tell if it's a problem with no rider or tack when you just round pen as theres no way out. Atleast one good thing is coming out of this lol.
     

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