Our Endorsements

Haygain hay steamers have been extensively researched and tested at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester in the UK. The Irish Equine Centre conducted independent tests of Haygain steamers on hay known to contain Aspergillus - the most common fungal pathogen in hay; the internationally renowned clinic confirmed Haygain’s effectiveness in the elimination of the mould. Our commitment to research and development continues, with further international projects underway. This emphasises Haygain’s contribution to the global understanding of how to manage respiratory diseases and improve equine health.

“I received our first Haygain Steamer about 9 months after losing my favourite FEI partner to COPD, resulting from pneumonia that started at a horse show. I worked so hard to save him including soaking all hay and watering all bedding. I only wished I had known about Haygain sooner. Now I not only use my Haygain at home for our competition horses, but also recommend them for my equine patients during many of my veterinary calls. I recommend them for all top athletes that need the best of respiratory health in order to compete. I also recommend Haygain in my practice for horses with respiratory and skin allergies, COPD, poor appetite and colic issues. I really appreciate you building such a superior product. I never want to go back to soaking hay again; as an asthmatic and an athlete myself, I cannot stick my nose in a regular bale of hay, but I can in a bale that has come out of the Haygain machine! ”

Wren Burnley DVM

FEI dressage rider and trainer, Fulton, Kentucky, USA 

“I'm very pleased I took the decision to invest in Haygain machines. We process over 8 bales of hay a day using one full bale unit and take the smaller unit away to competitions all over Europe, which we find essential. The horses have been free from coughs and nasal discharge, they are healthy and performing well - so what more can I ask for? Haygain has been a fantastic company to deal with and has always provided a first class service. ”

William Fox-Pitt

International event rider and triple Olympic medallist, UK  

“I’m always striving for the best of everything. I was impressed with the science behind Haygain hay steamers and now I know that we are giving the best forage possible, whilst stabled, travelling and competing.”

Ben Maher, MBE

British International show jumper and Olympic Gold medallist,UK

“We all know that dry hay, even of the best quality, contains dust that affects horses’ respiratory system. So to be sure that my event horses’ forage is clean and free of any dust or spores that may affect their performance I use Haygain hay steamers. The Haygain has fitted into the yard routine beautifully and the horses are really enjoying the steamed hay. The HG Go is ideal to travel with and ensures my horses receive the same consistently clean forage away at competitions as they do at home. ”

Sir Mark Todd

International event rider and double Olympic Gold medallist, New Zealand  

“Haygain hay steamers have revolutionised the way I feed hay to my horses. It’s such a comfort knowing our hay is so palatable and spore free. Dust- and spore-free hay is vital to any sport horse, and in particular my eventers.  Very little water is needed, and as a result there is less waste and more savings. It is also a much easier and less messy job than soaking.”

Matt Ryan

International event rider and triple Olympic Gold medallist, Australia

“ In 2009, my top advanced horse, Manoir De Carneville, pulled up from a 9 minute cross country round with large amounts of blood coming from his nose. I was shocked and spent the next few weeks scoping, taking blood samples and ultimately doing allergy tests. It turns out my horse was suffering from severe allergies to hay. He was having problems breathing and under the high stress at the FEI level, the severity of his allergy became apparent. I was soon introduced to Haygain and it has become one of my favourite products. Haygain keeps my horses healthy and happy - giving them the competitive edge they need to succeed.”

Sinead Halpin

International event rider and US Eventing Association certified trainer, USA  

“ I saw Haygain last year when I was at the National Hunter Supreme Championship Show and I was highly impressed and thought I must give this a go so arranged a trial. We don't feed any haylage on the yard and although my hay is of the highest quality I had found I did hear an occasional dry cough in the yard. Haygain is great for those of my horses that are fussy eaters - as it smells delicious -so they go straight to it and eat it really well and it has prevented any further dry coughs on the yard. I now feed steamed hay to all my horses when I travel, as I have always worried about dust spores floating around in such confined spaces and it has made a huge difference. I would not be without it!”

Katie Jerram

 Champion show horse producer, UK

“We have been using the Haygain hay steamers to steam oat hay and lucerne for the 160 racehorses in our yard on a daily basis. In addition, we have also used it for horses with allergies and have steamed their straw bedding. We are very happy with the product. The oat hay, lucerne and bedding are less dusty which has a positive impact on their respiratory health and well being. The horses also seem to enjoy the steamed roughage and we would recommend the Haygain as an excellent addition to a professional yard.”

Charles Laird

Trainer, Johannesburg, South Africa

“ Haygain hay steamers have been worth the investment! Our horses look a million dollars, a vast improvement in their condition, which is showing up in blood tests and clean scoping which is now down to a minimum. They eat their hay so much better, with not a scrap of wastage in the boxes and no wastage now in the hay barn, as all the hay is steamed in the bale and then distributed. No mess. We get really good, instant service from the Haygain team.”

Sarah Moore

Stan Moore Racing, Lambourn, UK

“I use my Haygain hay steamer to steam quality hay for my race horses. The horses really seem to enjoy the highly palatable steamed hay more so than dry hay. As a trainer, Haygain gives me confidence when we perform post-race scopes and see that the trachea is staying clean and clear. The Haygain system has helped us to minimize the amount of medication used on our horses. ”

Al Stall

TB trainer of Blame, winner of the Breeders Cup 2010, USA  

“Haygain hay steamers have made a significant contribution to the yard. Not only have we benefitted from several cleaner scopes, but the horses also seem to love the steamed hay. We have just taken delivery of yet another Haygain hay steamer! ”

James Fanshawe

Racehorse trainer, UK 

“They are a great idea, work very well and take the fungal dust problem away completely. I've got 6 Haygain units: three in each yard.  I get the service and the horses find even the top quality hay I feed more palatable, they really do eat it well, so there is little wastage. They look really good on it so I'm very happy with Haygain !”

Richard Hannon

Richard Hannon Racing, UK

“ I first was introduced to the Haygain hay steamer at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. I have been on a constant quest to find ways of improving the contaminated respiratory environments that our horses live in most of their lives. We had wetted our hay in the past to diminish the dust but the Haygain hay steamer offered so much more. It not only eliminates the dust that is so problematic, but it also kills most of the bacteria and fungal spores that can contribute to inflammatory airway disease (IAD). An added benefit of steaming hay is creating a more highly digestible ration, with a higher absorbability of nutrients. Steaming the hay also helps to protect against colic. I have been using the Haygain steamers at my training facility in Texas for 2 years with significant results. I have also provided them to my trainer Eoin Harty for use at the racetrack. The logic and need for the steamer is obvious. IAD is ongoing problem with so many horses. Their respiratory systems are constantly challenged, especially at the racetrack, where stalls continually accumulate dust and pathogens. If horses are to achieve their athletic potential, it is essential that we work to provide them with as clean a breathing environment as possible. I commend Haygain for recognizing the need and their goal of developing products that we can use to better manage the respiratory system of the horse.”

Bill Casner

Legendary Thoroughbred Racehorse Owner, Trainer and Breeder of Flower Mound, Texas and Versailles, Kentucky, USA  

“An immediate positive effect was evident in horses with irritable airways when we started using the Haygain hay steamer; when we stopped using it, those horses started coughing again within four days. We are now using Haygain as part of our daily feeding regime. It is indispensable to us, as it undoubtedly benefits our horses. ”

Hughie Morrison

 Flat Trainer, UK

“ At Peasebrook Equine Clinic we use the Haygain Steamer to render our hay dust free and to improve the palatability. Most of our in-patients are on box rest or are in light exercise. It is vital that we can provide them with clean palatable fibre that will not make them too lively. Increasing the moisture intake of the horse via steamed hay is another important advantage. Box-resting horses have an increased risk of large intestinal impaction and so maintaining good moisture intake will help prevent this. Lastly sick horses are often reluctant to eat and so the enhanced palatability of steamed hay is very helpful. In summary the Haygain steamer has been a very successful addition to our clinic”

Timothy D Galer,  BVet Med Cert ESM MRCVS

Peasebrook Equine Clinic, UK 

“Newmarket Equine Hospital has had a Haygain hay steamer at the hospital since 2009. It is in regular use providing steamed hay for in-patients either at the owner's request or where it has formed part of the clinical management of a horse. We have found it particularly useful in the production of a soft and highly palatable dust-free forage source. In many cases it has been the preferred forage source for horses hospitalised for medical or surgical treatment. ”

Mark Hillyer BVSc PhD DipECVS DipECEIM MRCVS

Newmarket Equine Hospital, UK 

“ 'One of my primary focuses within our practice is sport horse medicine and nutrition. Since 2009, I have begun using the Haygain hay steamer as an integral part of treatment for respiratory disease and allergy-affected horses. Primarily they reduced dust, including the spores and moulds found in all hay types, reducing the extent of medications required to control COPD/Heaves in horses. One of the larger impacts has been the Haygain as a tool for the classic 'hard keeping horse.' These typical horses, once balanced with an appropriate nutrition plan, benefit from the Haygain hay because they are willing to consume more appropriate amounts of hay for their body weights. I attribute this to the reinvigoration or rehydration of the fructans found with all hay types. Also, for my travelling sport horses, the reintroduction of over three gallons of water to each bale of hay, affords me the confidence that horses that typically would decrease their hay consumption while competing, now consume the same if not more feed. Introducing more water into a horse's diet without the leaching affects of soaking hay, let alone without the mess is ideal. Haygain is part of my everyday discussion when reviewing, altering and managing sport horse diets. Summer-affected allergy horses have shown success with reduced clinical signs and decreased medical management from previous years and the only change in their treatment plan has been a Haygain hay steamer.'”

Dr Chad Davis

Regional Equine Associates Central Hospital, Virginia, USA  

“I was first introduced to Haygain when we acquired a unit in our equine hospital for cases that have been diagnosed with respiratory issues. We have used it for foals with severe Rhodococcus equi pneumonia, to aid in reducing the amount of inhaled allergens when they eat hay. We have also steamed bedding (ie: straw) for the same reduction of potential inhaled allergens. For our colic surgeries that are not eating well, we have used the Haygain steamed hay to entice those horses to consume more roughage. The fresh aroma after the hay has been steamed appears to increase many horses’ appetite post-surgery. I have first-hand experience with this product because not only do I use the Haygain unit at my hospital, but for my own personal dressage and racehorses as well. ”

Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, CHT

Director of the McGee Critical Care and Medical Center at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington, Kentucky, USA 

“We have been using the naturally steamed hay from the Haygain hay steamer on our post-operative colic cases, which is proving very useful in the recuperation and assisting in return to feeding. It is highly palatable for horses that may be slow to eat following surgery and while on extended time indoors. The Haygain teamed hay is also a welcomed feed for owners of horses prone to laminitis, as they now can feed succulent forage, without the worry of giving too much protein. The increased palatability also enables a hay of lower nutritional quality to be fed to these horses. We have also found the Haygain steamed hay is the ideal roughage for horses that have respiratory problems. Steaming eliminates all dust and fungal spores, while leaving the nutritional value of the hay intact. This means that you can ensure your hay is not a contributory factor in any respiratory allergy or airway sensitivity. We recommend that owners with horses showing signs of allergies steam their hay in this unique way, making sure their hay is not causing any stress on the horses' respiratory system. We would see Haygain hay steamers as a valuable tool in preventing breathing problems in horses; the Haygain hay steamers are a robust and very effective steamer and are a welcome installation at Troytown Equine Hospital. ”

Warren Schofield MA, VetMB, CertES, MRCVS, DipECVS

 Troytown Equine Hospital, Kildare, Ireland