Up to 1 in 6 horses in the UK are diagnosed with Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) and that 80% of horses stabled part of the time suffer some degree of airway inflammation. Haygain steamers provide a hygienic, dust-free, hydrated, palatable and easily digestible hay, resulting in a healthier horse.
Studies highlight the need to review horse care activities and implement dust-reducing stable management regimes to reduce the incidence of respiratory disorders in people working with horses. 25% of people working with horses have a diagnosed respiratory condition such as asthma, not to mention all the hay fever suffers. Steamed hay effectively reduces these incidences.
Source: Gosling K (2014) The Prevalence of Human Respiratory Disorders in UK Equine Industry Personal BSc Thesis, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK.
Steaming hay drastically reduces water consumption. Filling a container for soaking hay typically uses 13-66 gallons. The sheer volume of water used has an impact not just on water bills, but also on the environment. Post-soak water is contaminated with bacteria, mold, WSC, proteins and minerals which leach out of the hay, making it an environmental pollutant which must not be disposed of in storm drains. Haygain steamers only use about 1.2 gallons of water per cycle and produce no environmental pollutants.
Source: Warr EM, Petch JL (1992) Effects of Soaking Hay on its Nutritional Quality. Eq.Vet.Edu. 5:169–171.
An epidemiological study found respiratory problems in racehorses to be the second highest reason for lost training days. Thus, a dusty stable environment can have serious health and financial implications for all equestrian establishments.
As it is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical medical treatment, using Haygain steamers is a legal way to maximise performance with no danger of doping.
Source: Rossdale PD et al. K (1985) Epidemiological Study of Wastage Among Racehorses, Vet Rec, 116:66-69.
✓ Improve respiratory health for all horses and “stop the cough”
✓ Reduce symptoms and manage RAO/Equine Asthma/COPD
✓ Increase the palatability and intake of hay: ideal for fussy eaters and post-operative care
✓ Extend the shelf-life of hay by up to four days; hay can be fed up to 24 hours post steaming
✓ Be user-friendly for day-in, day-out use; even in the busiest yards
✓ Be significantly more effective at reducing microbes in hay compared to homemade steamers and soaking
Soaking hay in water wets airborne particles to keep down dust, but there are a number of obvious disadvantages to this method:
Emmanuelle van Erck
DVM, PhD Dip. ECEIM, Equine Sports Medicine Practice
“Horses live and work in environmental conditions that promote chronic respiratory inflammation. The prevalence of lower airway diseases is largely underestimated because it is not always accompanied by obvious clinical signs.
Medications treat the symptoms but not its initial cause, which often lies in the environment. Changes in environmental management are essential to bring long term relief.
Haygain hay steamers are a simple, fool-proof solution to improve our horse’s respiratory health. I recommend it for my patients and those owners who have adopted it really see the daily benefit it brings to their horses and would not revert to normal hay; and the horses love it!!”