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EQUINE RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS

Your horse is coughing occasionally or maybe he’s just a little off his game for no apparent reason. You know that respiratory conditions can have stealth symptoms, and that’s led you to an overwhelming alphabet soup of disease acronyms and names. COPD, IAD, RAO, Heaves and Equine Asthma are among the results confronting you as a concerned owner searching for help in this critical area of our horses’ health and well-being. All forms equine respiratory problems share the same cause: irritation and inflammation in the upper and lower airway and increased mucus. This restricts our horse’s ability to make full use of its capacity to inhale oxygen and to exhale carbon dioxide.

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SYMPTOMS CAN BE

OBVIOUS

Coughing, nasal discharge or laboured breathing, etc. 

Subtle

Slower recovery fromexercise, decreased performance, increased respiratoryrate at rest, etc.

abscent

Dr. David Marlin describes several studies in which international-level equine athletes were found to have respiratory disease even though their riders considered them in peak health.

Over 80% of active sport horses are estimated to have some degree of respiratory challenge. After lameness, veterinarians typically look to respiratory function as the most common reason for decreased performance. A 2018 study of over 700 horses determined that 88% had some level of respiratory disease.

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FORAGE IS GOOD & BAD

Forage is a double-edged sword in equine management: it's critical to nutrition and digestive health, but also the biggest source of respiratory particles. These microscopic bits - less than 1/10 the size of a human hair - include dust, mold, bacteria and other allergens. They trigger inflammation and irritation that leads to conditions on the Equine Asthma Spectrum. 

TREATMENTS

Bouts of Severe Equine Asthma symptoms require medical approaches: systematic or inhaled corticosteroids to control inflammation and excess mucus, and bronchodilators to open the airways.

Neither are suitable for long term use. Corticosteroids have side effects and bronchodilators open the airways to more respirable particles that triggered the problem in the first place.

Reducing dust in our horses’ environment is veterinarians’ top advice for preventing and/or managing respiratory disease in any form.

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RISK REDUCTION

Resounding reasons emerged when Haygain's patented hay steaming method was introduced. By then, extensive research had determined that the process reduced up to 99% of the respirable irritants commonly found in hay. Research conducted in 2018 established that horses fed Haygain Steamed Hay were 65% less likely to have conditions on the Equine Asthma Spectrum.

Supports Respiratory Health

Multiple studies prove that respiratory challenges affect over 80% of active sport horses, often without obvious symptoms. The cause is inflammation in the upper and lower airways, triggered by inhalation of microscopic particles that irritate the lining of the respiratory tract.

Supports Digestive Health

By deactivating mould and bacteria commonly found in hay, Haygain steaming reduces the risk of colics related to ingesting these particles. A 2009 study showed that horses fed hay of poor hygienic quality were significantly more susceptible to colic than those fed clean hay.

Aids with Hydration

As a bonus to reducing respirable risks, Haygain steamed hay has up to 3X the moisture content of dry hay - great for digestion and hydration. And its proven palatability entices even picky eaters to get everything they need from their hay, and nothing they don't! 

Horse owners corroborate those findings in reports of easier breathing, fewer coughs and allergies and improved performance for healthy horses, plus significantly reduced symptoms for those with existing respiratory problems. 

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  • 1

    Give maximum outdoor time and ensure good ventilation in the stable

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    Make sure your horse is fed clean high quality forage in its diet

  • 3

    Use low-dust bedding and clean stables whilst horses are outside

  • 4

    Do not use leaf-blowers around horses or whilst they are in the stable

  • Haygain HG 2000

    Regular price £2,780.00
    Regular price Sale price £2,780.00

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    CAPACITY PER CYCLE:

    20-30kg

    FEATURES:

    Easy open lid, wheels and handle

    STEAM GENERATOR:

    2.75 kW steam generator, 8 liters capacity

    CYCLE DURATION:

    60 minutes

    DIMENSIONS:

    L 1449 mm x B 815 mm x H 750 mm
  • Haygain HG 600

    Regular price £1,950.00
    Regular price Sale price £1,950.00

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    CAPACITY PER CYCLE:

    9-14kg

    FEATURES:

    Easy open lid, wheels and pop-up handle

    STEAM GENERATOR:

    2.3 kW steam generator, 8 liters capacity

    CYCLE DURATION:

    60 minutes

    DIMENSIONS:

    L 805mm x W 776mm x H 751mm
  • Haygain HG ONE

    Regular price £995.00
    Regular price Sale price £995.00

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    CAPACITY PER CYCLE:

    5-7kg

    FEATURES:

    Easily portable - ideal for travel

    STEAM GENERATOR:

    1.5 kW steam generator, 3.5 litre capacity

    CYCLE DURATION:

    60 minutes

    DIMENSIONS:

    D 565mm x H 737mm

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