Recent information on EIPH ("bleeders")
The term "bleeder" is used in the racing industry to describe a horse suffering from Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH). These horses suffer from haemorrhage in the lungs during high-intensity exercise, which shows as blood at the nostrils and is most commonly diagnosed via endoscopy.
There are many treatment options available, some are more effective than others, but several are banned for use in race horses.
Recent preliminary research has highlighted the use of diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids as an effective way to reduce the severity of, and treat horses with, EIPH. This is postulated to be a result of increased fluidity of the red blood cell membranes and decreased inflammation in the lungs.
Kentucky Equine Research produces a high quality Omega-3 supplement for horses which is available through either of our clinics. It has been shown to have the highest levels of biologically active Omega 3 EPA and DHA, and the highest Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio compared to several other feeds and supplements.