Stopping Horse's Cough: The Success of Haygain Hay Steamers with Top USA Champion Riders

Stopping Horse's Cough: The Success of Haygain Hay Steamers with Top USA Champion Riders

Haygain spoke to three top USA champion riders to see how Haygain helped them stop their horse's cough.

Kim F Miller
Equestrian writer, 25/02/2020

Jessica Springsteen

essica Springsteen, a top USA rider and satisfied user of Haygain hay steamers

American equestrian Jessica Springsteen is a hay steaming convert. Jessica started riding at 5 at her famous family’s New Jersey farm and went on to remarkable horsemanship accomplishments at remarkably young ages. Just 27, the graduate of Duke University was a reserve rider for the 2012 Olympic team, has represented the States in Nations Cup competitions and is considered a top contender for the 2020 Olympics.

I love using Haygain Steamed Hay because it helps improve my horses’ respiratory conditions and stops them from coughing, with Haygain’s help, I can make sure the hay wherever I go is never dusty and it’s bacteria free, so my horses don’t have any issues during competitions.

Jamie Barge

She may not hear the fans cheering for them on course, but she senses the electric atmosphere and excels in it. Jamie and her growing string of horses are based in Malibu, California.

Major accomplishments to date include three world cup finals, Nation's Cup team member, World Equestrian Games shortlisted rider, and top 10 Grand Prix finishes in Florida, California and Canada in 2019.

"Luebbo had a little bit of a cough last summer. He'd cough once or twice when I started working him, then it would go away and come back. Ever since he's been on the Haygain, he hasn't coughed at all! I was shocked by how fast I saw a difference. His appetite has improved dramatically too - he used to leave a lot of hay waste in his stall. With Haygain steamed hay, he eats every piece we feed him! I love knowing that it's 99% free of dust, mold and bacteria. We plan to put all our horses on Haygain now!"

Jamie Barge, who experienced quick improvements in her horse's health with Haygain

Ever since he's been on the Haygain, he hasn't coughed at all! I was shocked by how fast I saw a difference. His appetite has improved dramatically too.

McLain Ward

McLain Ward, whose horses have benefited from Haygain hay steamers

The son of professional horsemen, McLain began riding and winning big at a very early age, earning the nickname “the Kid”. He’s outgrown that, but not his enthusiasm for winning and, more importantly, horses.

McLain cites winning the World Cup Final on HH Azur, in Omaha, and the Spruce Meadows Masters on Sapphire as career highlights. Yet, it’s hard to imagine a more thrilling round than the team gold-clinching jump-off with Clinta to secure gold for Team USA at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in front of a home crowd in North Carolina.

“We are incredibly happy to have added the Haygain Hay Steamer to our program, and quickly noticed an increase in the quality of our horses’ breathing, especially in those with respiratory problems. In addition, we’ve noticed the hay is easier to chew and digest which is always a concern for the older horses.”

We [...] quickly noticed an increase in the quality of our horses’ breathing, especially in those with respiratory problems.

Says Lee McKeever, 31 years barn manager of McLain Ward FEI Groom of the Year, 2018:

“One of McLain’s horses always had trouble getting his breath. He was coughing a lot and it was hard for him to get his wind back at the end of the course. Ever since starting him on Haygain, his breathing has improved a lot. It’s great for everyday use. When we go to shows, steaming keeps the quality of hay the same all the time, which is great because we want to keep everything as regular as possible for the horses. Our picky eaters also love the steamed hay and it’s easy to use. We have 20-25 horses here at Castle Hill Farm, so the steamer is going twice in the morning and twice at night.”

He was coughing a lot and it was hard for him to get his wind back at the end of the course. Ever since starting him on Haygain, his breathing has improved a lot.

How can Haygain help?

Haygain hay steamers offer a range of health benefits for horse owners; from respiratory health, to digestive health, hydration, palatability, performance and skin condition. Find out how Haygain hay steamers can help your horse today by clicking on the links below.

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