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    05-10-2010, 02:49 AM

Are they a serious thing?

Bundy has had two in the last few months. I don't really remember the first very well, it was a while ago, he was in the paddock, not sure if I had ridden or not.

He had another on the weekend at Jugiong Campdraft, I had been riding for a few hours, he rubbed on Rummy and left blood on the rein. It wasn't flowing or anything - Just kind of dribbling and it dried up nearly as soon as we found it.
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    05-10-2010, 02:57 AM
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Chinga got them when he raced, when horses are racing and they bleed three times then they are banned for life, but that is the racing world.

Understanding nosebleeds - Horses for sale, Equestrian news - Horse & Hound Here is an artical that helped me make sense of what nose bleeds are .
    05-10-2010, 02:40 PM
There are three very serious potential causes for nose bleeds in horses. The fourth is just plain dry sinuses but it is important to rule the other three out because they can be life threatening. If there is no history of trauma then endoscope or radiographs are the way to figure out what is going on.

It could be exercise induced pulmonary hemmorhage (most often seen in race horses, and it would be happening during a hard workout usually), gutteral pouch mycosis, or ethmoid hematoma. The first two need immediate attention and diagnosis and the last one can be serious but is fairly treatable. Since it has happened a few times now I think a trip to the vet is warranted. You should at least put a call in and get their opinion on the matter. Good luck!
    05-11-2010, 08:45 PM
Thank you Tealamutt. I'll definitely give my vet a call if that's the case.
    05-11-2010, 08:53 PM
Exactly what Telamutt said. Good luck in figuring it out.
    05-11-2010, 08:57 PM
Thnks guys. I really hope it isn't anything serious - that would just be somethign I don't need right now, we have just gotten over two other issues! Ah well.
    05-11-2010, 08:58 PM
Vitamin K deficiency can cause nose bleeds in humans..... maybe horses can get it as well?

I am guessing if it is a pulmonary bleed, he would not be able to breathe at all, because his lungs would be filling with blood. Just a guess.
    05-11-2010, 09:01 PM
He has been his normal self both times, not laboured, etc.
    05-12-2010, 12:16 AM
Vitamin K deficiency can cause clotting issues in general because vit K1 is what is used to make platelets. It is not a very common thing in horses and you'd probably see it in the rest of the herd. EIPH is usually fatal, and since it isn't happening during hard work that is somewhat ruled out (but not entirely). Best of luck to you, bloody noses are so scary, hope it turns out to be just dry sinuses!

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