EIPH

I have a 5-yr-old QH mare that I compete on in barrel racing. She started to bleed last year after I would make a run on her. As soon as I would come out of the arena after a run, she would be bleeding profusely from ...I have a 5-yr-old QH mare that I compete on in barrel racing. She started to bleed last year after I would make a run on her. As soon as I would come out of the arena after a run, she would be bleeding profusely from ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dr. Lowder,

I have a 5-yr-old QH mare that I compete on in barrel racing. She started to bleed last year after I would make a run on her. As soon as I would come out of the arena after a run, she would be bleeding profusely from both nostrils. I put her on a herbal formula for bleeders that is put out by United Vet called Hema-Aid and that seemed to work for a while.

However, she got where she would not eat it on her feed anymore. I’ve researched the internet for info on this condition as well as the products that are out there for treatment, which seem to be very scarce. I tried the Flair equine nasal strips and it did not work at all. I’ve recently purchased a product called OxyGen and she has been on it now for almost two weeks, but I don’t have another show until 4/19. I have also used furosemide (Lasix) but I am worried about the long term effects this could have on her.

She is already making a top 1D barrel horse that I want to keep and continue to compete on, but I am desperate to find something that will work on her and not cause her any harm. Do you know of any research or clinical trials being conducted for EIPH or any new products that I am not aware of?

My vet is not aware of anything new out there. I’m aware that if I use Lasix as the course of treatment that I will need to supplement her with potassium and other electrolytes as the diuretic will deplete her. Help please.

Thank you,
Carla Johnson
Jax, FL

Carla,

There is nothing new on the market and Lasix is still the best option. If you just provide a complete diet, mineral & vitamin supplement the diet of the mare should be fine.

I would also suggest you try some slow conditioning programs to help built up the endurance of the mare.

Thanks, Dr. Lowder