There are an ever-increasing number of horses that require soaked hay all year round. This arduous job usually entails soaking nets of hay in gallons of unreusable water * and then struggling to hang them up. In winter this is an even less appealing task when you end up with cold hands and dripping wet clothing. Added to this is the possibility of exposing our horses to Bacteria, Fungal Spores and Dust Mites not killed by soaking plus the expense of supplementing the vital minerals leached out of the hay during the soaking process?
We have all been told, “if you steam your vegetables you retain all the “goodness””. We also know that steam is used by the Medical and Veterinary professions for sterilisation, they do NOT simply wash their instruments in fresh cold water. The same principle also applies to steamed hay. When we soak our hay we lose much of the “goodness” that is required by the horse and throw it down the drain, simply applying fresh cold water does not kill Fungal Spores or Bacteria. The reason we soak the hay is not to remove the vital minerals but to attempt to minimise any damage caused to our horses by Dust, Dust Mites, Fungal Spores and Bacteria when eating. Hay steamer`s have been designed to be easy to use and maintain. The steam is passed under a matrix and rises up to penetrate the hay at approximately 100 degrees centigrade. Steaming at these temperature most, fungal spores, bacteria and dust mites are killed off and all potentially airborne dust particles have been sufficiently dampened down and neutralised. The hay is then lush and ready for the horse to enjoy, complete with all its vital minerals.
Haygain - Haygain is the market leader in hay steamer`s, helping your horse maintain a healthy respiratory removing spores and dust from your haylage or hay. Haygain steamers are used by riders, trainers and owners all over the world in all equestrian sports and disciplines, for more information visit https://haygain.co.uk.