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Three Life Changing Moments for Olympian Beezie Madden.
Beezie Madden is among the girl power that triumphed at the Longines FEI Nations Cup in Florida last weekend. Beezie and her team are completely dedicated to the sport but her top priority is making sure her horses are healthy and happy and this includes feeding them steamed hay at home and on the road.
By Kim Miller | Equestrian Writer
Give horses everything they need and nothing they don't.
Beezie and the team of expert horsemen at John Madden Sales were among the first in the United States to embrace the benefits high-temperature hay steaming developed in the UK. In this fantastic interview with The Horse Network, Beezie's husband John Madden credited steamed hay as critical in a diet overhaul that quickly returned Cortes C to peak form back in 2012 and the team has been avid fans ever since.
The biggest secret is that there is no secret" It's mutually beneficial to have your horses healthy and happy that's your best chances of success!" says John.
The steaming process is proven to eliminate up to 99% of the dust, mold, bacteria and fungi found in even top-quality hays. "Haygain ensures for us that our horses get everything they need and nothing they don't from their hay," says Beezie of her team's belief in steamed hay. Fellow steamers Jessica Springsteen and Margie Engle were teammates in the important win in the opening round of the Nations Cup series, held at Deeridge Farm in Wellington, Florida on Feb. 16. They both count on steamed hay for similar reasons, ranging from its broad health benefits to specific cases of helping horses with respiratory challenges and allergies.
Margie began steaming to help a horse with allergies and, on her veterinarian husband's recommendation, now has all her horses on steamed hay as an all-around preventative measure. “It’s so good for getting rid of toxins, dust, bacteria, and the different weeds that can be in hay but you don’t always see," she says.
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