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For your horse
Up to 1 in 6 horses in the UK are diagnosed with Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) and that 80% of horses stabled part of the time suffer some degree of airway inflammation. Haygain steamers provide a hygienic, dust-free, hydrated, palatable and easily digestible forage, resulting in a healthier horse.
For youStudies highlight the need to review horse care activities and implement dust-reducing stable management regimes to reduce the incidence of respiratory disorders in people working with horses. 25% of people working with horses have a diagnosed respiratory condition such as asthma, not to mention all the hay fever suffers. Steamed hay effectively reduces these incidences.
Source: Gosling K (2014) The Prevalence of Human Respiratory Disorders in UK Equine Industry Personal BSc Thesis, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK.
For the environment
Steaming hay drastically reduces water consumption. Filling a container for soaking hay typically uses 50 - 250 litres. The sheer volume of water used has an impact not just on water bills, but also on the environment. Post-soak water is contaminated with bacteria, mould, WSC, proteins and minerals which leach out of the hay, making it an environmental pollutant which must not be disposed of in storm drains. Haygain steamers only use about 4 ½ litres of water per cycle and produce no environmental pollutants.
Source: Warr EM, Petch JL (1992) Effects of Soaking Hay on its Nutritional Quality. Eq.Vet.Edu. 5:169–171.
For your wallet
An epidemiological study found respiratory problems in racehorses to be the second highest reason for lost training days. Thus, a dusty stable environment can have serious health and financial implications for all equestrian establishments.
As it is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical medical treatment, using Haygain steamers is a legal way to maximise performance with no danger of doping.
Source: Rossdale PD et al. K (1985) Epidemiological Study of Wastage Among Racehorses, Vet Rec, 116:66-69.
Haygain is available from Amacron Equine, if you would like to try one call 1300 791 653