A new study shows that feeding Haygain steamed hay reduces the incidence of horses developing Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) by 63%.
The abstract of this new study by Dr Dauvillier and Dr van Erck-Westergren also found that IAD was present in 84% of the horses examined and in 72% of the horses the presence of different types of fungi in the airways.
The study found that the main origins of IAD was the horse's bedding and forage, and that of the different forage options (dry hay, soaked hay, haylage and steamed hay) steamed hay not only had the lowest risk but was the ONLY method which significantly decreased the risk of IAD.
Did you know that 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.
Steaming hay also drastically reduces water consumption, and is pollutant free. Post-soak water is contaminated with bacteria, mould, WSC, proteins and minerals which leach out of the hay.