Does your horse cough?
It could be a sign of IAD
It is commonly believed that it’s okay for a horse to cough a few times when warming up. It’s not.
It indicates respiratory disease. Respiratory problems often go undetected. In mildly asthmatic horses, a respiratory problem may only become apparent when the horse is asked to perform athletically.
In a recent study 88% of horses referred for respiratory disease, mostly for decreased performance were found to have Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD)* and one of the signs was coughing.
Implication of IAD?
Impaired performance and poor recovery performance.
As equine physiologist Dr David Marlin points out:
"Even low grade sub-clinical respiratory disease (disease present but without any clinical signs such as cough, nasal discharge, etc) can have quite a significant effect on health and performance."
How can Haygain help?
The IAD study mentioned above also found that steaming hay with a Haygain hay steamer reduced the incidence of IAD by 65%.
* 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
“The horses have been free from coughs and nasal discharge, they are healthy and performing well - so what more can I ask for?”
William Fox-Pitt, International Event Rider, Three Olympic Medals, 7 World Championship medals.
“I love using Haygain Steamed Hay because it helps improve my horses’ respiratory conditions and stops them from coughing”
Jessica Springsteen, Team USA, Top 10 International Showjumper