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post #1 of 8 Old 01-14-2018, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Mouth bleeding?

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I have not been out to the barn to visit my horse for about 5 days now due to the extreme cold weather conditions we are having here. I pulled him out of the pasture today and noticed that he had fresh blood on his lower and upper lip. Not a lot, but it was fresh, and he has a white nose, so it was noticeable. There are no noticeable immediate lacerations or bumps on the outside of his lips or on the inside of them, all though i didnít get too detailed of a look because the poor guy was confused as to why we were messing with his mouth. I checked his hay in his pasture, and the hay in his stall - no thorns or sharp sticks. So what could have caused this? The blood was fresh and hadnít dried when I pulled him out of the pasture today, so I believe it happened very recently. Should I be concerned? He happily ate a small peppermint that I gave him and didnít appear to be in pain while eating, and was also munching on hay when I got him out of the pasture.
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I should also add that I have owned him for 5 years and he has never had thus happen before - he is not an injury prone horse (thankfully).
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-14-2018, 03:46 PM
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He may have nicked his gum or lip on something, and it's just a small enough injury/a hidden one you can't see. Those are areas with a lot of blood vessels. Think about how much a busted lip bleeds, even though it isn't a big injury.

Can't offer advice on what to do, but I think I'd just keep an eye on him, to make sure he doesn't drop off eating, bleed from anywhere else, etc.
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He may have nicked his gum or lip on something, and it's just a small enough injury/a hidden one you can't see. Those are areas with a lot of blood vessels. Think about how much a busted lip bleeds, even though it isn't a big injury.

Can't offer advice on what to do, but I think I'd just keep an eye on him, to make sure he doesn't drop off eating, bleed from anywhere else, etc.
This ^^^

He could have cut himself on ice and nobody would ever know. That could also happen to the frogs, then ice melts destroying the evidence:)

It isn't likely but he could have damaged a tooth, or could have possibly got a thorn or something stuck in his mouth. There is a lot that goes on waaaay under the tongue that people forget to look for:)

I agree keep an eye on him.
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I'll throw out that it may not even be his mouth but his nose. Nosebleeds for "no reason" are very common. Some horses get them a lot, some don't but they have capillaries right at the surface and even without an injury just the insult of cold air can make them bleed. As long as it's not gushing (which I have not seen) then no worries. My gelding who has never had a nosebleed had a little (frozen lol) blood on his lip in our extreme cold last week. Far up enough it seemed more likely to have come from his nose than his mouth and no other wounds he could have been nosing at (sounds similar to your description!). Wiped it off and never saw anymore. My friend had a pretty impressive nosebleed just from the cold too... it's even more common in horses.

That's my guess. Even if it is his mouth I agree with everyone else- keep an eye on him but no need to panic.
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If he's living out 24/7 and its freezing hard what sort of water source does he have?
If he's trying to drink from a trough with ice on the water he might have cut himself doing that

Just winging it is not a plan
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I agree with the above--if there wasn't much blood (and it sounds like there wasn't), and he was behaving fine, I wouldn't be too worried. Just keep an eye out for any changes in behavior, or any troubling symptoms.

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If he's living out 24/7 and its freezing hard what sort of water source does he have?
If he's trying to drink from a trough with ice on the water he might have cut himself doing that
He only lives outside in a pasture during the day - he is brought into his stall with heated water buckets at night. In the pasture, he always has a water trough filled with water, which is also heated - so it probably wasnít ice. No more blood so far, so I may never know what caused it, but he seems to be doing alright currently.
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