Steam Powered Successes in Tokyo
Seeing these equine stars dance, gallop and soar on the world's biggest stage was ample reward for Haygain's contributions. And we can't help but brag a bit and recap the stories behind why a few of these athletes rely on Steamed Hay.
By Kim Miller | Equestrian Writer
Haygain is all about helping horses be healthy and capable of performing at their peak. Steamed Hay-powered equine athletes did exactly that in dressage, eventing and show jumping competition at the Tokyo Games. Several earned medals and many more did their riders, support teams and countries proud by giving their all and finishing strong.
Along with lavishing praise on their equine partners, Olympic equestrians were universal in sharing credit for their success with those behind the scenes. Haygain is proud to be among them.
“There are so many variables we worry about when traveling to overseas championships with our team horses," says Susan Johns, DVM, the USET Land Rover Eventing Team Veterinarian, of Haygain's help.
"In addition to the different allergens and dust they encounter in a foreign country, often we have to switch them to a different forage entirely. Haygain helps alleviate the stress that comes along with changing a significant portion of the horse’s diet so we can concentrate on other things — like making sure they’re feeling and performing at their best on the world stage.”
This discipline's team and individual podiums were heavily stacked with Haygain Hay Steamers. Team Gold and Individual Silver Medalist, Germany's Isabell Werth, leads that list.
She's followed by fellow Haygain believer Charlotte Dujardin, Team and Individual Bronze Medalist. "We like to keep things as simple and natural as possible, and feeding clean hay is a great way to do that," explains the triple Olympic Gold medalist from 2012 and 2016.
USA Team Silver medalist Steffen Peters is relatively new to Haygain. His partner, Suppenkasper is now the world-famous #RaveHorse thanks to TikTok fame generated by his lovely Freestyle performance. Suppenkasper never had any health issues that led to adding Steamed Hay, but Steffen considers it an "integral part of our health program for our horses," he said during a spectacular string of successes in Florida early this year. "We have seen great improvements in their performance and overall wellness!”
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