Joint Health with ComfortStall
Did you know....
The ComfortStall flooring system has been used in the recovery stables at top 3 veterinary hospital Cornell University ever since it was installed in 2007.
ComfortStall's durability and therapeutic values have been proven in the laboratory as well as in the stable. In the lab, a simulated horse leg was loaded with 180kg and pounded for over 100,000 impressions in the same spot. The result was minimal compaction.
Cornell was responsible for specifying ComfortStall's Precision Foam laminated closed cell engineered PE foam which prevents the padding from bottoming out and flattening over time.
Importance of joint health
Given the amount of time spent standing in stables it is important to provide orthopaedic support to joints, ligaments and tendons.
How can Haygain help?
The ComfortStall flooring system is a unique orthopaedic padded system that 'springs' back with every step. And thanks to its non slip, non abrasive surface horses can get up without scuffing, eliminating hock sores.
ComfortStall relieves horses suffering from sore feet and symptoms of laminitis. The padded flooring provides comfortable and supportive cushioning, encouraging the horse to lie down.
And when lying down ComfortStall provides the much needed thermal insulation from the cold and damp from concrete and packed earth floors, and gives recumbent whole body support and the needed 'give' under the hip for improved quality of rest.
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.