HAYGAIN Hay Steamers... they're all about your horse's health!
1. The Prevention of Respiratory Disease
Exposure of horses to mould and fungal spores can induce allergenic responses which may develop into permanent respiratory disorders.
While horses vary in their sensitivity to fungal spores, including Aspergillus spp, environmental conditions can sometimes lead to the production of fungal mycotoxins. These fungal toxins not only challenge the respiratory system of your horse, but may also induce serious digestive and reproductive problems if left untreated.
2. Helps Manage an Existing Respiratory Condition
Respiratory diseases can be successfully managed by minimising the level of dust and fungal spores in the horse’s environment, particularly in the animal’s breathing zone. Since hay may contain high concentrations of spores and the horse’s nose is in the hay, it is vitally important to reduce this form of contamination by careful husbandry and management.
Sensible stable and yard management, along with feeding HAYGAIN-steamed hay, will substantially reduce the conditions predisposing to respiratory disease.
3. Improves your Horse’s Performance
The ability of a horse to perform to its full potential is in part a reflection of the efficiency with which oxygen is transported from the lungs to the bloodstream and the muscles. Obstructed or otherwise unhealthy airways, usually resulting in laboured breathing, mean that the horse cannot take in enough oxygen for optimum performance.
4. Provides a Palatable Forage Complete with Essential Nutrients
HAYGAIN- steamed hay is a highly-palatable product and has been proven to be favoured by most horses over other forages. Unlike soaking, steaming ensures that the profile of essential nutrients is retained within the hay. Steaming, moreover, increases the palatability of hay of relatively low nutritional value thereby commending its use for horses with low nutrient requirements or for those with laminitis and other metabolic disorders.
Although of varying nutritional value, hay is always a valuable source of fibre which, besides providing slow-release energy, satisfies the physiological need of the horse to chew. This can help in preventing the development of “vices” among horses which have to be stabled for long periods. Typically containing 6-8% protein and a variety of minerals in readily-available form, hay, especially when steamed, can make an important contribution to the daily nutritional requirements of horses at various levels of work.
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Save effort and sweat and breathe clearly Ergonomically-designed and easy to use, HAYGAIN steamers deliver considerable benefits beyond those directly related to the horse’s health and nutrition. For those whose backs creak and ache as they drag nets of soaked hay from yard to box, welcome relief is at last at hand. Meanwhile, as their HAYGAIN steamer works to destroy moulds and spores, hay fever sufferers snuffle and sneeze that little bit less!
Said Lucy Killingbeck, Show Horse Producer and International Showing Judge: “I have suffered from hay fever for many years and handling hay gives me the same symptoms as sitting in a hay field in the middle of the summer. Since I have used the HAYGAIN hay steamer, this is no longer the case.”