Ever heard your horse cough?
Did you know?
Coughing could be a sign of Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) - which was recently found to be prevalent in 84% of horses*
Coughing is the obvious sign but there are other signs of IAD if he isn't coughing**:
• Nasal discharge
• Increased respiratory rate (which is difficult to spot!)
• Increased respiratory effort
• Flaring of the nostrils
• Respiratory noise (even at rest)
• Poor recovery
• Lower performance
Why does it matter?
IAD 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 IAD.The dust in hay is a key cause of respiratory inflammation.
Steaming hay with a Haygain hay steamer eliminates respirable dust particles, killing mold, 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 ammonia off-gassing caused by urine.
Scientific References:*Dr. Julie Dauvillier and Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck-Westergren, 2013, 2014**David Marlin, Aug 2017