It’s no secret that it’s hot outside. So why make things hotter by steaming your horse’s hay?
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Haygain Hay Steaming is always a hot topic because of its many horse health benefits. Here are five reasons to steam hay.
1. Steamed Hay Aids Respiratory Health
Does your horse cough occasionally? Or is its performance off slightly for no clear reason? Early-stage respiratory issues could be the cause.
Although forage is critical to our horse’s diets, it’s also a top source of respiratory particles that are the main cause of respiratory disease. The dust we can see in hay is not the biggest problem. It’s the microscopic particles we can’t see that contain mold, bacteria and other allergens and inflammation-triggering irritants.
Haygain Hay Steaming is scientifically proven to reduce up to 99% of this dust from forage. It is widely recommended for preventing & managing respiratory problems.
2. Reduces Allergens and Air Pollution
It’s common knowledge that allergy season is becoming nearly year-round and that air quality is degrading due to drought and wildfires in much of North America. That puts a premium on the controllable aspects of our horse’s environment.
Feeding forage virtually free of dust and allergens helps horses cope with the particulate matter we can’t control in their environment.
3. Better Than Soaking
Soaking hay to reduce dust can increase the bacteria content, and many horses don’t like the taste. It’s also a water-wasting hassle and mess. If you need to soak to significantly reduce sugar content, it’s best to soak and then steam. Haygain steaming slightly reduces sugar content, but unlike soaking, it otherwise preserves your hay’s nutrients.
4. Increased Moisture
Haygain Steamed Hay has up to three times the moisture content of dry hay. It’s great for hydration and digestion both at home or with the stresses of travel and competition.
5. Steamed Hay Tastes Great
Got a picky eater? Haygain Steamed Hay has proven palatability advantage over dry or soaked forage. The scent of Haygain Steamed Hay is equally loved by horses and their people.
Learn more about Haygain Hay Steaming here.