Photos of my home made hay steamer. The hay gets scalding hot and smells delicious! The horses love it. They choose the steamed hay over any other. Hopefully this helps my boy Toby who was just, unfortunately, diagnosed with Heaves last week.
You can see the steam still coming off of it in this picture
They wont even give me a minute to put it in the hay feeders. LOL
Its a wall paper steamer. The steamer is on the outside next to the box. The hose runs into a hole we drilled at the bottom of the box and inside the hose is connected to a series of PVC pipes with 1/4" holes drilled into them. We also put larger PVC pipes on the bottom to hold the hay off the floor of the box for better circulation. It seems to be working pretty well. We can fit 1/2 bale in there and so we are going to make another to steam a whole bale at the same time.
My horse Toby was diagnosed with Heaves about a week and a half ago.
So I have to either soak his hay or steam it. I figured steaming was the easier way to go... since soaking in the winter would be horrendous.
I wish I had steamed my hay BEFORE he got Heaves. I feel horribly guilty for him getting Heaves - whether he got it from the dust in the hay or the pollens in the air I don't know. But I wish I had taken better precautions to ensure his good health.