Equine Ailments - A to Z
Nose Bleeds - This is a condition well known amongst trainers, and often renders the horse useless for racing. The symptoms are bleeding from one or both nostrils usually after strenuous exercise. Bleeding may also be undetected as the blood goes down the trachea and is swallowed. There are two types of bleeding; from the lungs or from the nasal chambers. The lung type, obviously more serious, will probably render the horse useless; the nasal type often with repeated attacks that are unpredictable, though they are usually seen after a race or gallop, may ultimately stop occurring and become normal.
Treatment is not always successful, although treatment of other respiratory problems can help, as can good stable hygiene.