DIY - WHY NOT?
We horse owners can be quite ingenious when it comes to our horse’s health.
As the benefits of hay steaming became settled science around the world, well-intentioned inventors went to work. Out came the wheelie bins jury-rigged to wallpaper stripping equipment and the kettles connected to chests.
Hay steaming, however, is best left to the pros and here’s why:
Haygain Hay Steaming is the only scientifically proven method of significantly reducing respirable particles in hay, without reducing nutrients.
Maintains the temperatures required – around 212°F/100°C – long enough to kill mold and harmful bacteria by steaming in a double-walled, thermally sealed chest.
Patented spike manifold system injects the high temperature steam evenly through all hay in the chest.
Attains the temperatures – around 212°F/100°C – required to kill mold and bacteria commonly found in forage.
Do none of the above
Can do more harm than good.
TAKE IT FROM PROMINENT BELGIAN SPORTHORSE VETERINARIAN DR. EMMANUELLE VAN ERCK WESTERGREN
When asked about homemade hay steamers for this article on the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ website:
“Not an option. Temperatures need to reach the range of 212°F (100°C)to kill bacteria and fungi. Steaming atlower temperaturesactually serves as an incubator for contaminants.This happened with a dressage horse referred for coughing while exercising. Using an over-ground endoscope, we found he had an obstruction in his upper airway. Determined to help their horse, the owner had made their own hay steamer. What happened, though, was putting contaminated hay into what was, in effect, an incubator. It wound up culturing fungus to the highest level, to where the fungus produced neurotoxins that affected the muscle function and resulted in the obstruction.”