Causes of Horse Allergies
Many different items commonly found in any horse’s environment can cause allergies. Stabled horses are engulfed in dust, mold spores and other allergens on a daily basis.
Usually a horse can fight off these allergens with a healthy immune system, but not in every circumstance. A recent landmark study found that 88% of horses were suffering from the respiratory allergy Inflammatory Airway Disease*.
How does it show itself?
Signs include coughing, nasal discharge, increased respiratory rate, increased respiratory effort, flaring of the nostrils, respiratory noise at rest or during exercise, poor performance.
* Dauvillier J, Woort F. T, Van Erck‐Westergren E. disease (2018) Fungi in respiratory samples of horses with inflammatory airway, Journal of veterinary internal medicine, 2018;1-8
How can Haygain hay steamers help?
Haygain hay steamers are the only scientifically proven method to dramatically reduce respirable dust in hay and kill mold, fungal spores and bacteria that can cause IAD.
The above study found that steaming hay with a Haygain hay steamer reduced the risk of your horse developing IAD by 65%.