EIPH (Bleeding) in Horses


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4 Responses

  1. AnneMarie Azijn says:

    Do these people never wonder if they are not over exercising their horses?
    If my horse were bleeding when exercising I would immediately stop whatever it was!
    It’s all for the money if they continue! Disgusting!

    • then5925 says:

      It’s true–we often ask for more than our horses can physically give us. It’s not fair to them. I think many people (besides those in the race horse industry) don’t really understand what’s causing the problem. . .

  2. Narayan says:

    In my opinion, a holistic vets duty is to understand and prevent the cause of such a condition, through understanding the equines biology, and its physical, mental, and emotional needs. I do not find much holistic philosophy in treating symptoms, even if they are “natural” like vitamin C. This is still an inherently allopathic mindset and in essence will still encourage people to “work” their horses however they want, which is to be the fundamental issue here

    • then5925 says:

      If EIPH is due to inadequate nutrition, as Dr. Ward proposes, then I think correcting nutritional deficiencies would be the best holistic option. But I think EIPH could very well be a result of asking our horses to perform at a level that they may not be physically conditioned for. Perhaps even the fittest horse on an optimal diet may still bleed because of overexertion–I don’t know. In any case, I think we should take a step back and reconsider what we are asking our horses to do and the consequences of intense exercise. . .

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