Riv has a bloody nose. A trickle from one nostril. I called the vet.. most likely cause is trauma, which wouldn't be a surprise... he has lumps on his head from whacking his face on things.
Worst case? An infection in his guttural pouches, which would require scoping to find and then possibly surgery at Cornell. The vet wasn't sure how much surgery would be, but probably at least a couple grand. In which case... anyone wanna buy a kidney? (I looked into donating/selling plasma a couple years ago, but you have to be Rh negative and I'm Rh positive. But if anyone in WNY is Rh negative and wants to do it, there's a place in Williamsville.)
For now, he's staying in his stall and keeping quiet. If it's not better in a day or two, we'll get him scoped and see where the blood is coming from. If it gets any worse, I'll call to get him looked at ASAP.
I'm pretty much terrified. If he does need surgery... I don't know. He's the perfect horse for me and I know I'll never find a horse like him again, but I don't know if I can spend upwards of $2k, especially if the outcome is uncertain. I don't even want to think about it.. which means it's going to be playing in my head in an endless loop until my nerves are completely shot and I start screaming and/or crying at the drop of a hat.
Prayers/thoughts/jingles/good vibes for River, please!