“To me, the Haygain is an integral part [of my yard] because it's a process of elimination. Trying to eliminate all outside influences on the horse and trying to get the cleanest, healthiest environment for these athletes to thrive in. Nothing is as good as Haygain because it gets rid of the bacteria and the dust. The line between fit and broken is very narrow, even in human sports. I am big on prevention.”
“We have been using the naturally steamed hay from the Haygain hay steamer on our post-operative colic cases, which is proving very useful in the recuperation and assisting in return to feeding. It is highly palatable for horses that may be slow to eat following surgery and while on extended time indoors. The Haygain teamed hay is also a welcomed feed for owners of horses prone to laminitis, as they now can feed succulent forage, without the worry of giving too much protein. The increased palatability also enables a hay of lower nutritional quality to be fed to these horses.
We have also found the Haygain steamed hay is the ideal roughage for horses that have respiratory problems. Steaming eliminates all dust and fungal spores, while leaving the nutritional value of the hay intact. This means that you can ensure your hay is not a contributory factor in any respiratory allergy or airway sensitivity.
We recommend that owners with horses showing signs of allergies steam their hay in this unique way, making sure their hay is not causing any stress on the horses' respiratory system. We would see Haygain hay steamers as a valuable tool in preventing breathing problems in horses; the Haygain hay steamers are a robust and very effective steamer and are a welcome installation at Troytown Equine Hospital. ”
MA, VetMB, CertES, MRCVS, DipECVS
“At Peasebrook Equine Clinic, we use the Haygain Steamer to render our hay dust free and to improve the palatability. Most of our in-patients are on box rest or are in light exercise. It is vital that we can provide them with clean palatable fibre that will not make them too lively. Increasing the moisture intake of the horse via steamed hay is another important advantage. Box-resting horses have an increased risk of large intestinal impaction and so maintaining good moisture intake will help prevent this. Lastly sick horses are often reluctant to eat and so the enhanced palatability of steamed hay is very helpful. In summary the Haygain steamer has been a very successful addition to our clinic.”
Timothy D. Galer
BVet Med Cert ESM MRCVS
“I was first introduced to Haygain when we acquired a unit in our equine hospital for cases that have been diagnosed with respiratory issues. We have used it for foals with severe Rhodococcus equi pneumonia, to aid in reducing the amount of inhaled allergens when they eat hay. We have also steamed bedding (ie: straw) for the same reduction of potential inhaled allergens.
For our colic surgeries that are not eating well, we have used the Haygain steamed hay to entice those horses to consume more roughage. The fresh aroma after the hay has been steamed appears to increase many horses’ appetite post-surgery.
I have first-hand experience with this product because not only do I use the Haygain unit at my hospital, but for my own personal dressage and racehorses as well.”
DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, CHT
“One of my primary focuses within our practice is sport horse medicine and nutrition. Since 2009, I have begun using the Haygain hay steamer as an integral part of treatment for respiratory disease and allergy-affected horses. Primarily they reduced dust, including the spores and moulds found in all hay types, reducing the extent of medications required to control COPD/Heaves in horses. One of the larger impacts has been the Haygain as a tool for the classic 'hard keeping horse.' These typical horses, once balanced with an appropriate nutrition plan, benefit from the Haygain hay because they are willing to consume more appropriate amounts of hay for their body weights. I attribute this to the reinvigoration or rehydration of the fructans found with all hay types.
Also, for my travelling sport horses, the reintroduction of over three gallons of water to each bale of hay, affords me the confidence that horses that typically would decrease their hay consumption while competing, now consume the same if not more feed. Introducing more water into a horse's diet without the leaching affects of soaking hay, let alone without the mess is ideal.
Haygain is part of my everyday discussion when reviewing, altering and managing sport horse diets. Summer-affected allergy horses have shown success with reduced clinical signs and decreased medical management from previous years and the only change in their treatment plan has been a Haygain hay steamer.”
Dr Chad Davis
Regional Equine Associates Central Hospital, Virginia, USA
“Newmarket Equine Hospital has had a Haygain hay steamer at the hospital since 2009. It is in regular use providing steamed hay for in-patients either at the owner's request or where it has formed part of the clinical management of a horse.
We have found it particularly useful in the production of a soft and highly palatable dust-free forage source. In many cases it has been the preferred forage source for horses hospitalised for medical or surgical treatment. ”
BVSc PhD DipECVS DipECEIM MRCVS
Haygain hay steamers are recommended by many of the world’s leading equine vets. We're proud to introduce our Ask the Vets series, in which we hear from Chad S. Davis DVM and Stephanie Davis DVM, experts in equine sports medicine, rehabilitation, emergency, and general equine veterinary services. Chad and Stephanie answer some of our most frequently asked questions, such as "how does steaming affect hay?" or "my horses are fed high quality hay, why would we need to steam the hay?"