I have been soaking my hay - is this helping?
In a word, no. In fact, making hay soup is actually doing more harm than good, as sitting in the water many of the harmful bacteria, mould and other allergens will in fact be in better conditions to multiply rather than be killed and removed by Haygain steaming, so you are really not helping with any respiratory issues. Plus, what do you do with all that dirty water afterwards?
I have a bin and a wallpaper stripper steamer - isn't this the same?
Again, in a word, no. Just like the answer above, if you warm but don't get to the critical 100 degrees + needed to actually kill off moulds and bacteria, you are doing more harm than good, and possibly harming your horses health. A Haygain unit has a thermally insulated hay chest and an industrial sized, powerful boiler unit which allows temperatures to reach over 100°C – vital for killing mould spores and bacteria in the hay. Swap now and you too will see how this is a purpose built hay steamer which really does the job, and your horse will thank you for it too.
What size Haygain do I need?
The HG600 feeds 1-3 horses and holds up to 15kg of forage either in a haynet or loose wedges (the equivalent of half a bale of hay or up to 15kg of loose hay or haynets)The HG2000 feeds 4+ horses and holds up to 35-40kg of loose hay/haylage or a fully strung bale.Don't worry if you steam too much in one go, as it retains the benefits of quality steaming for 24 hours as long as it is kept dust free - just keep it inside the closed Haygain.
OK, so what are the benefits of a Haygain?
With their Patented steam technology and consistent high temperature of over 100°C, Haygain Hay Steamers are scientifically proven to reduce up to 99% of the dust, mould, bacteria and other allergens commonly found even in good quality hay.Steamed hay will; Have 3 times the water content of dry hay, Is so appetising it ensures horses get their nutrients, Helps horses with digestive issues such as colic and ulcers, Protects respiratory health, Great for horses with respiratory conditions.
What can I do to stop my greedy horse from overeating and eating too quickly?
Try a Haygain Forager slow feeder, which allows the horse to eat in a natural grazing position while regulating the pace at which it eats, without causing frustration. The Forager helps manage your horse's weight and reduces the risk of ulcers, colic, and stable vices.Main Benefits of the Forager are; Regulates the pace at which your horse eats, aids in prevention of gastric ulcers, obesity and laminitis, reduces forage wastage by keeping hay contained, and lessens muscle tension in the back and neck whilst feeding.