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    04-07-2009, 12:16 AM
Originally Posted by morganshow11    
Nosebleeds are fairly uncomman in horses.
Actually, nosebleeds are more common than you think. It happens a lot it in barrel horses and other performance horses. Although it something to watch, my first thought would be induced pulmonary hemorrhage such as G and K's Mom had mentioned; generally these horses become labeled as "bleeders". There is a helpful article about it in this months Barrel Horse News, the OP might be able to find some helpful information there. Another idea would be to get information from your vet as well.

I would not worry a whole lot about it unless it becomes a reoccurring issue, defiantly something to keep an eye on though. Good Luck!
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    04-07-2009, 12:28 AM
Thanks everyone. I did call the vet and he is not too concerned because it was out of one nostril and not both, so most likely not a pulmanary hematoma or anything. He said it was most likely a broken membrane and only to be concerned if it happens again. I rode again tonight and no problems what so ever. Thanks for all of the info : )
    04-07-2009, 12:32 AM
Yep, they are actually pretty common in TB's and slightly less common in QH but still not rare. If it is just one nostril and the horse shows no signs of trouble breathing or pain, generally it is just a capillary in the nose that broke. If it gets to be a very common thing, you may want to talk to your vet about possibly cauterizing the offending vein.
    04-07-2009, 12:35 AM
Glad to hear that he is doing better.
    04-07-2009, 02:00 AM
If it is coming from both nostrils and is regular, I would be concerned, right now it just looks like something that needs to be monitored.
    04-07-2009, 09:39 AM
I am sure it is just a deep cut in the nostril, if it has not happend again:)
    04-07-2009, 12:32 PM
I love this place!! Thanks for every comment ; ) One person did say dehydration and overworked, but that can't be the cause of Millie's bleed. She has open access to fresh water and right now we are only working at a walk trot and not for an extended period of time. Thanks tho. This was all good feedback.
    04-07-2009, 08:37 PM
I'm glad its not either! Honestly, I think it could even be as simple as dry nose. My nose bleeds when I don't drink water in sports, even if I am drinking Gatorade. Sometimes noses bleed if they are dry as well. Blu's had a bloody nose once. But it didn't really concern me much. I just figured it was water and it hasn't happened since.
    04-09-2009, 08:35 PM
Nosebleeds aren't normal. If it was a particularly intense workout, it could mean internal bleeding. Like pulmonary hemorrhaging. That's serious. Get the vet out there ASAP. And watch for bleeding from the mouth, too. Don't work her any more until she's checked out.
    04-13-2009, 07:37 PM
Im not sure where you live, but my mare gets nose bleeds as the weather changes. Just like yours, its only out of one nostril. For people, when the weather changes, your skin and hair dry out... When the weather changes, Sasha gets a nose bleed because the skin in her nostril cracks. We just put some vasoline in her nostril. Works everytime.

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