If your horse coughs or has nasal disharge it could be a sign of a respiratory disease.

According to a recent article by equine exercise physiologist Dr David Marlin, if a horse is coughing there is a very high chance (84%) that it has a respiratory disease.

But interestingly the same article stated that even if a horse is not coughing there is still a 64% chance the horse has a respirastory disease.

Allergens, such as mold and fungal spores found in hay lead to respiratory disorders such as Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) and Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO), also known as COPD.

Why is it important to steam hay?

IAD is detrimental to the horse’s comfort and performance.

A recent study found steaming hay using a Haygain hay steamer reduced the incidence by 63%.

Other benefits of a Haygain hay steamer include:

  • Kills 99% of the mold, bacteria, fungal spores and mites found in the hay
  • Retains the nutritional value
  • Improves the palatability
  • Is suitable for laminitic, colic-prone and post-operative horses