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Dust from hay and stall bedding are two of the biggest causes of respiratory inflammation?

Steaming hay with a Haygain hay steamer removes the harmful mould and fungal spores, bacteria and dust mites from the dust in hay which otherwise leads to repsiratory inflammation.
But there is still a signicant level of dust coming from stall bedding, not to mention harmful ammonia gases coming from trapped urea.

How does it show itself?

Dust from the stall can cause a range of respiratory conditions including Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD). A recent study* showed 84% of horses had IAD.

Signs of IAD include:
• Nasal discharge
• Increased respiratory rate (which is difficult to spot!)
• Increased respiratory effort
• Flaring of the nostrils
• Respiratory noise (even at rest)
• Poor recovery
• Lower performance

Why does it matter?

Aside from poor quality of life, a respiratory condition if serious can require vet treatment. According to a study** 14% of horses studied suffered from Severe Equine Asthma.

Performance is also impaired.

“The equine upper airway is highly complex and adapted for exercise. Airflows in the horse’s airways are very high, which means that even a small abnormality can lead to a large decrease in performance,” Cheetham, VetMB, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, from the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

How can Haygain help?

The ComfortStall flooring system is an orthopaedic padded system that has comfort and support built in, saving up to 75% on bedding, a major cause of stall dust.

ComfortStall is also sealed and fully impermeable, preventing urine seeping through and collecting to form ammonia and dangerous off-gasing.

The result is a healthy stable environment and one that offers comfort and support for your horse for many years to come.

*American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, June 2016, “The Prevalence of Fungi in Respiratory Samples of Horses with Inflammatory Airway Disease” by Dr. J Dauvillier and Dr. E Westergren. Journées de la Recherche Equine, March 2017, « Fréquence des moisissures dans les prélèvements respiratoires des chevaux atteints d'IAD » by Dr. J Dauvillier and Dr. E Westergren
**Pirie R. S. Recurrent airway obstruction: a review. Equine Veterinary Journal. 2014;46(3):276–288. doi: 10.1111/evj.12204

Why Not Soaking?

Soaking hay in water wets airborne particles to keep down dust, but there are a number of obvious disadvantages to this method:

  • It is a physically arduous, cold, wet and messy task
  • It uses 60-100 litres of water
  • Soaking leaves live micro-organisms in the hay; these quickly multiply, particularly in warm, damp conditions, thereby compromising the hygienic quality of the forage
  • Soaking hay reduces respirable particles but leaches nutrients out of the forage and, as with partial steaming, bacteria levels increase by two to five-fold. This produces poor quality, more contaminated forage which can raise the risk of enteritis and colic. High losses of WSC, protein and minerals occur when hay is soaked for as little as 10 minutes
  • These nutrients in the waste water produce a post-soak liquid 9 times more polluting than raw sewage which must not be disposed of in storm drains.