Did you know....
14% of horses suffer from severe Equine Asthma*?
And that 84% of horses** were found to have Inflammatory Airway Disease(IAD)?
Allergens, such and mould and fungal spores found in hay lead to respiratory disorders such as Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) and Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO), also known as COPD.
How does it show itself?
In most cases it doesn't, and may go undetected. However, you could see the following clinical signs:
- Occasional coughing
- Reduced performance (e.g. reluctance to respond to aids)
- Mucus from the nose
Why does it matter?
COPD can be detrimental to the horse’s comfort and can hinder performance.
How can Haygain help?
Taking steps to minimise exposure to the airborne respirable dust will undoubtedly reduce the risk of COPD.
The dust in hay is a key cause of respiratory inflammation. Steaming hay with a Haygain hay steamer eliminates respirable dust particles, killing mould, bacteria, fungal spores and mite faeces.
Reducing stable dust and ammonia off-gasing is also important. Haygain's ComfortStall sealed, orthopaedic flooring reduces bedding requirements by up to 75% and being sealed and hydrophobic, removes harmful ammonia gasses caused by urine.
* Pirie R. S. Recurrent airway obstruction: a review. Equine Veterinary Journal. 2014;46(3):276–288. doi: 10.1111/evj.12204.
**Dr. Julie Dauvillier and Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck-Westergren, 2013, 2014
What people say about Haygain steamers...
HG Go :
"A little gem. Love it completely. We can travel away to competitions without any worries. Super portable and does the job just like its big brother back home in the yard."
HG 600 :
"Fantastic. I have had my Haygain steamer just over 2 years and absolutely love it. If I give my horses dry hay it makes them cough but when they have steamed hay the coughing stops. I wouldn't be without it."
HG 2000 :
"Brilliant! Wish we had bought one sooner. The horses love it! Horses which you used to be on soaked hay for health reasons, do very well on the steamed hay. Very economical on water compared to soaking and so easy to use. Would never go back to soaking. A fantastic product, Thank You!"