According to a review in Equine Veterinary Journal by Professor Scott Pirie, the estimated prevalence in the northern hemisphere of Severe Equine Asthma is about 14%. An owner-based survey agreed with this estimating the prevalence in the UK is between 10-17%.
Many research groups have shown that the stable environment contains high levels of aetiological agents for Equine Asthma. Airborne respirable dust in the stable contains high levels of bacterial endotoxins, forage mites, plant debris and inorganic dusts.
The most effective way to reduce exposure from hay is to treat the hay with high temperature steam prior to feeding it to. Haygain hay steamers have been shown to reduce respirable dust by up to 99%, and kill bacteria, mould and fungal spores (Moore-Colyer et al). A study involving 482 horses found Haygain steamed hay reduced the risk of horses developing mild to moderate equine asthma while feeding dry hay significantly increased the risk.
In addition, Haygain hay steamers are beneficial to your health as a horse owner, the environment and your wallet.
What people say about Haygain steamers...
HG Go :
"A little gem. Love it completely. We can travel away to competitions without any worries. Super portable and does the job just like its big brother back home in the yard."
HG 600 :
"Fantastic. I have had my Haygain steamer just over 2 years and absolutely love it. If I give my horses dry hay it makes them cough but when they have steamed hay the coughing stops. I wouldn't be without it."
HG 2000 :
"Brilliant! Wish we had bought one sooner. The horses love it! Horses which you used to be on soaked hay for health reasons, do very well on the steamed hay. Very economical on water compared to soaking and so easy to use. Would never go back to soaking. A fantastic product, Thank You!"