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 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. You may however see the following:
- Occasional coughing
- Reduced performance (e.g. reluctance to respond to aids)
- Mucus from the nose
Why does it matter?
IAD and RAO can be detrimental to the horse’s comfort and can hinder performance.
How can Haygain help?
A recent study*** found steaming hay using a Haygain hay steamer reduced the incidence by 63%. 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
***American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, June 2016, “The Prevalence of Fungi in Respiratory Samples of Horses with Inflammatory Airway Disease” by Dr. J Dauvillier and Dr. E Westergren