Equine Epistaxis Research
Murli Manohar, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, estimates that as many as 70 to 80 percent of Thoroughbred racehorses are "bleeders." After exercise - often even a mild warmup (breezing) - blood Hows from their nostrils or can be seen in the bronchial tubes with special scopes. "When 80 percent of animals have a condition, usually you would consider it to be normal and wonder what was wrong with the other 20 per cent that they didn't have it;' Dr. Manohar said. Dr. Manohar is studying bleeders at the University of Illinois through a grant from Morris Animal Foundation, Englewood, Colorado. The non-profit Foundation funds studies of the health problems of horses, dogs, cats and zoo animals.