Haygain Steaming reduces up to 99% of the respirable irritants in hay, significantly reducing risks to your horse’s respiratory health. Steaming adds up to 3X the moisture content of dry forage, which is great for digestive function and hydration. Plus, proven palatability ensures your horse gets everything they need from their hay and nothing they don’t!
Did You Know…
Oxygen fuels the function of all cells in the horse’s body. Compromised respiratory function can impede the flow of oxygen from the lungs into the bloodstream and impede the outflow of carbon dioxide. "Even a little bit of inflammation or obstruction anywhere in the respiratory tract has a big impaction performance," Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck Westergren.
BENEFITS OF STEAMED HAY
• Respiratory challenges affect over 80% of active sport horses, often without obvious symptoms.
• Veterinarians agree that reducing respirable particles in the horse’s environment is the most effective way to reduce the risk of respiratory problems.
• Forage is one of the biggest source of respirable particles.
• Haygain’s patented steaming system is the only method proven to reduce up to 99% of the respirable particles commonly found in forage, without reducing key nutrients.
• This explains why Haygain is the standard of care for equine respiratory health.
• By deactivating mold and most bacteria, Haygain steaming reduces the risk of colic related to ingesting these particles. A 2009 study showed that horses fed hay of poor hygienic quality were significantly more susceptible to colic than those fed clean hay.
• Haygain Steamed Hay's extra moisture supports healthy digestion, including the passage of roughage through the gastrointestinal tract. The more smoothly food passes through, the less risk of impaction colic.
• Haygain’s proven appetite appeal helps ensure horses get their needed nutrients from forage, which is considered the healthiest foundation for most horses’ diets.
• Haygain Steaming increases the moisture content in forage by up to 3X. This helps horses stay hydrated year-round, including during travel and in other situations when stress may suppress their desire to drink water.
4. APPETITE ENHANCEMENT
• Forage is the healthiest foundation for most horses’ diet and Haygain Steamed Hay’s proven palatability helps ensure even picky eaters get their needed nutrients. Got a picky eater or a horse recovering from illness or surgery? Haygain can help get your horse back on their game.
• Respirable dust in hay includes
mould, fungi and bacteria that can trigger allergies in many horses. By significantly reducing these particles, Haygain Steaming reduces allergy risks and helps manage horses with allergic reactions to particles commonly found in hay.
• Haygain Steamed Hay’s positive impact on respiratory, digestive and nutritional health supports peak equine performance. That’s why Haygain is relied on and recommended by Olympic
equestrians and veterinarians worldwide.
Frequently asked questions
My horse does not cough and appears healthy - do I need a Haygain
Exposure to respirable particles such as mould spores and bacteria can induce allergic responses and develop a hypersensitivity reaction in the horse. Even the best quality hays are high in respirable particles. These particles form the “dust” that you cannot see (they are less than 5 µm in size), and have a 50% chance of being inhaled deep into the lungs, causing conditions on the equine asthma spectrum. Minimising the amount of “dust” your horse is subjected to will help to prevent respiratory problems.
My horse has COPD/RAO/Heaves can I feed Haygain steamed hay?
Yes, absolutely! Respiratory diseases can be effectively managed by minimising respirable dust, mould spores and bacteria in the horse’s environment, particularly those in the horse’s breathing zone. Since hay contains high concentrations of these and the horse’s nose is in the hay while it is eating, it is vitally important to reduce this source of dust by steaming the hay.
Will my horse stop coughing?
Results are often reported within days of using the Haygain but do depend on the individual horse, the cause of the cough and other environmental factors. For example if you change to feeding Haygain steamed hay but the horse remains on a dusty straw bed, while you will probably see some improvement it will be compromised by the other source of respirable dust. Equally if you make changes to your horse’s feeding and management regime but the horses stabled either side, sharing the same air space have dry hay and straw bed then again the improvement may not be as marked.
What is the difference between soaking and steaming?
Soaking hay will dampen the spores and make them swell, making them less likely to be inhaled. The combination of heat and moisture kills the spores, eliminating the allergenic respirable particles.
What makes Haygain stand apart from other hay steamers
Haygain is the only scientifically proven system to kill mould spores including Aspergillus, as well as bacteria and dust mites. The nutritional value and goodness are maintained with improved palatability.
How much does Haygain cost to run?
The running costs are minimal and you will use considerably less water compared to soaking. The HG2000 uses 2.75Kw and HG600 uses 2.3kW electricity per hour, whilst the HG-ONE uses less at 1.5Kw. Electricity costs vary between utility companies but typically are between 7-18p per kW hour. To work out exactly how much it costs you, find out from one of your electricity bills how many pence per Kw hour your rate is and then multiply that number by either 2.75, 2.3 or 1.5 depending on which model in the range you have and this will give you the electricity cost per cycle. For example, if you are using an HG2000 and paying 10 pence per Kw hour it will cost 27.5p per hour.
How much water will be used?
The hay will absorb and therefore hydrate bringing it back towards its original moisture content, approximately 15+% of its original weight but the hay is neither soggy or heavy. The HG-PB (HG2000/HG600) will actually use about 4 ½ litres of water per cycle, some will be absorbed by the hay, some will be released as steam when you open the lid and some will be the residue of on average a tea cup amount of water (condensed steam) which remains from each steam cycle and drains out of the drain hole in the bottom of the hay chest.
Does the outside of the container get hot?
All of the Haygain range are made from composite materials with highly efficient thermal properties so although the inside of the container can reach over 100 degrees C the outside is just warm to touch. Therefore, Haygain hay steamers are environmentally friendly and energy-saving.
Can I steam haylage?
Absolutely! Haygain will improve the hygienic quality of any forage. Scientific studies have also shown it will increase the shelf life of haylage by up to 4 days.
Once steamed, how long before you feed the hay and how long does it last?
The hay is very hot when you first take it out and should be handled with care but it cools very quickly once in the air and can be fed immediately. It is best fed while it is warm and steamy and it would appear most horses prefer it like this but otherwise should be used within 24 hours.
What does steamed hay look and feel like?
Steamed hay is totally different to soaked hay and is damp rather than wet. The treatment is not about how wet it is but how hot it is. You will find the hay in the middle of the bale/ hay net will be quite dry. This is because when the steam comes out of the spikes it is at it’s hottest. As the steam travels through the hay and meets the plastic lid it will cool slightly, condense to water and drop back onto the hay. This results in the outside of the hay being wetter than the inside.
Does it matter if the hay dries out?
It is best fed while it is warm, straight out of the Haygain but you will find it cools and dries rapidly as soon as the air gets to it. This has no effect on the hygienic quality or palatability. We recommend feeding the hay within 24 hours to prevent contamination from environmental sources.
There is sometimes a little bit of water coming out of the drain hole in the chest during the steaming cycle. What do you recommend?
That is normal – it is usually condensation that collects under the lid during steaming. We recommend using a sturdy kitchen or garden tray under the drain hole(s) to catch this water.
BENEFITS FOR YOU
A university study showed that 25% of people working with horses have a diagnosed respiratory condition such as asthma.
Clean, hygienic Haygain Steamed Hay contributes greatly to healthy stable air. That’s great for your horses and for everyone
who helps care for them – including you.
COST SAVING AND ENVIROMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Steamed Hay’s proven palatability results in less wasted hay. Its overall health benefits help keep veterinary bills at bay.
As an alternative to the outdated practice of soaking hay to reduce dust, Haygain Steaming uses substantially less water. Soaking requires 60 - 100 litres of water, while Haygain steaming requires just 4 litres.
Soaking also leaches nutrients from the hay and the effluent from soaking can be up to 9X more polluted than raw sewage. Haygain Steaming produces no environmental pollutants.
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