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What are the health benefits from steamed hay?

Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) has been found to occur in 84% of horses*, is detrimental to the horse’s comfort and performance.

The same study found, that steaming hay reduced the incidence of IAD by 63%.

Other benefits of a Haygain hay steamer include:

  • Kills mould, bacteria, fungal spores and mites,
  • Retains the nutritional value of the hay,
  • Improves the palatability of the hay,
  • Is suitable for laminitic, colic-prone and post-operative horses.

*Dr. Julie Dauvillier and Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck-Westergren, 2013, 2014

Steaming hay with a Haygain hay steamer kills 99%** of the mould, fungi, yeast and bacteria in the hay which causes respiratory disease.

Nutrients are retained and palaltability is increased.

**European Workshop for Equine Nutrition, Cirencester, 2010

What people say

"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.