Did you know....
Concrete stall floors cause significant fatigue to joints?
Dust from bedding can lead to harmful respiratory inflammation?
And floors using traditional rubber matting can trap urea creating harmful ammonia off-gasing which can cause bronchiolar and alveolar edema and airway destruction resulting in respiratory distress or failure (New York State Department of Health).
How can Haygain help?
Haygain's new ComfortStall flooring is a sealed, orthopaedic flooring system goes beyond comfort, resulting in healthier horses, better air quality in the stall, and substantial cost savings.
How does it work?
Proprietry orthopaedic padding delivers spring-in-your-step anti-fatigue benefit unique to our flooring system, along with thermal insulation and waterproofing to prevent urea build-up and ammonia gases.
The IronClad TopCover is the 'brain' of the system - pliable enough to deliver orthopaedic benefits yet tough enough to outlast everything but concrete.
And typically ComfortStall means a saving of 75% in bedding providing a return on investment typically in less than 12 months.
Haygain hay steamers
Complete your regime of a dust free stall environment using Haygain hay steamers, which reduces all respirable dust and 98% of mould, bacteria, fungal spores and mite faeces.
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.