The horses find this process very exciting. Some gallop off from the gate, and there is also bucking and rolling. Some just dive for the grass as soon as their halters are off. Even Blackjack, our most senior horse, got to go out with the other geldings. He had been in a separate paddock for a while because he was being harassed by the younger horses, particularly Scout. They all seem to have enjoyed their grazing time - more tomorrow!
When we were moving the geldings to grass this afternoon, Noble had a bloody nose on the left side - a wide swath of blood mixed with colorless liquid. It was still wet but whatever it was had apparently stopped bleeding. It didn't look like the result of a scratch inside the nose. He was coughing a bit and his breathing sounded a little wet. But he wasn't in distress and the head down position of grazing would help clear out anything in his airway. He was very interested in going out and even galloped around the pasture before settling down to graze. I knew I would see him in an hour or so, so I wasn't too worried.
When he came in, there was no sign that there had ever been any bleeding. His breathing and demeanor were normal and he seemed fine. I listened with a stethoscope, but everything sounded normal. We may never know for sure what it was, unless it reoccurs. I suspect a little blood vessel popped somewhere in his airway and bled for a little bit, then stopped. At his age (almost 29) anything can happen at any time. I consider every day I have him to be a good day.