1. Respiratory Health
Multiple studies prove that respiratory challenges affect over 80% of active sport horses, often without obvious symptoms. The cause is inflammation in the upper and lower airways, triggered by inhalation of microscopic particles that irritate the lining of the respiratory tract.
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 the biggest source of respirable particles in most horses’ environment, especially in their breathing zone.
Haygain’s patented steaming system is the only method proven to reduce up to 99% of the respirable particles commonly found in forage. And it does so without reducing nutrients.
2. Digestive Health
By deactivating mould and bacteria commonly found in hay, Haygain steaming reduces the risk of colics 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 steaming increases the moisture content in forage. More water supports healthy digestion and the passage of roughage through the digestive tract which helps prevent impaction colics.
Haygain’s proven appetite appeal helps ensure horses get their needed nutrients. The saliva generated by chewing helps protect the stomach lining from naturally occurring acids that can cause ulcers.
Haygain Steamed Hay has more moisture than dry hay – in some cases three times the water content. This helps with hydration, which is critical to all cellular function.
4. Appetite Enhancement
Haygain’s proven palatability entices even picky eaters to get their needed nutrients. This is especially valuable when travel stresses or illness might normally put the horse off their feed.
Allergens trigger symptoms ranging from inflamed airways and the related difficulty breathing to nasal discharge and skin problems.
Respirable dust in hay includes mould, fungi and bacteria that are often allergy triggers. This is true even in hay of excellent nutrient content. By significantly reducing these particles, Haygain Steaming reduces allergy risks and helps manage horses with allergic reactions to these particles.
Haygain Steamed Hay’s positive impact on respiratory, digestive and nutritional health support peak equine performance. Haygain is relied on and recommended by Olympic equestrians and veterinarians worldwide for that reason.