If your horse coughs it could be a sign of a respiratory disease.
When endoscoped many horses that appear to be healthy (other than the coughing) are actually suffering from respiratory disease, which reduces their quality of life and performance.
Allergens, such and mould and fungal spores found in hay lead to respiratory disorders such as Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) and Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO), also known as COPD.
Why is it important to steam hay?
IAD is detrimental to the horse’s comfort and performance.
However, a recent study* found steaming hay using a Haygain hay steamer reduced the incidence by 63%.
*Dr. Julie Dauvillier and Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck-Westergren, 2013, 2014
Other benefits of a Haygain hay steamer include:
"We’ve been using the Haygain Steamer for just over a month and It’s made ours and the horses lives so much better. The coughs have disappeared and they are all so much healthier eating steamed (hay) and we’re not wasting so much as they love it!" Caroline W.
"I love my Haygain I have always said it is the one item on the yard that we just can't do with out in fact we have just bought our second" Rebecca B.
"Excellent - would recommend to anyone, I bought my steamer to tempt my fussy mare into eating the hay I had. It was perfectly edible, but was made a few summers ago, so didn't smell as tempting as it once did ... now she's eating two full slices of my older hay, steamed, and her stable is tidy." Tamsin R.