World leading show jumper steams his horses’ hay for purely preventative reasons.
Consistently Clean Hay
Henrik acknowledges that his understanding of Haygain’s benefits has evolved over time. From the beginning, he travelled to shows with Haygain steamers to ensure that whatever hay available would be of good hygienic quality consistent with the steamed hay his horses enjoyed at home.
Henrik’s horsemanship is the stuff of legend and the foundation for his success. Every dramatic medal-winning performance began in the barn, with Henrik, Janika and their team seeking to understand each horse’s needs and nuances.
“There’s so much more to our sport than just the riding,” Henrik told WorldofShowJumping.com in their coverage of his 2023 Longines FEI World Cup Finals win with King Edward. “The relationship with your horse is always going to be the base for any success you might have.”
Open To New Ideas
King Edward jumped clear through all six show jumping rounds at the Tokyo Olympics, on their way to helping Sweden win team gold. He’s one of only three horses in history to be fault-free in Olympic show jumping competition.
Brought along with patience and faith by Henrik and Janika, King Edward is equally famous for going barefoot, an example of the couple’s willingness to try something different – in Edward’s case to address the sense that he seemed to have excess pressure in his front feet, although he was never lame from it. That was in 2020 and he has soared ever since with careful barefoot trimming and maintenance that are critical for horses suited to barefoot life.
While Haygain steaming has been well-accepted for many years, it was a new and, to some, an odd-sounding idea when introduced. Then as now, Henrik and Janika were focused on approaches that can help their horses perform at their peak and live in comfort and optimal health.
They trust that good results will flow from that foundation and they’ve been quite right!