Is a nosebleed a minor issue requiring basic first aid or an emergency requiring prompt veterinary treatment? H&H explains…
Although nosebleeds in horses can look alarming, they are reasonably common and in most cases are not serious. Even a small bleed – or epistaxis as vets describe it – can look dramatic, particularly when suffered by a grey horse.
A true nosebleed tends to happen at rest, while blood seen in the nostrils after hard work is more likely to be originating from the lungs.
There are some causes of nosebleeds that are a serious cause of concern as they risk leading to extensive loss of blood and even death if left untreated.
Fungus that grows undetected in hidden cavities called the guttural pouches can have devastating consequences, as Andrea Oakes and Phil
With their origins hidden within the nasal cavities, ethmoid haematomas can obstruct the airways and cause nosebleeds. Gaining access to
What is the significance of blood in a horse’s nostrils after hard work? Dr Colin Roberts discusses exercise-induced bleeding and
A sudden and dramatic swelling could be a bleed into the body tissues, called a haematoma. Gil Riley MRCVS outlines
Dr David Marlin explains why riders shouldn't think a horse that coughs during its warm-up is in the best of