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post #1 of 5 Old 05-17-2020, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hay Steamers?

I’ve seen quite a few people mention hay steamers and I’m sure I could probably just google it but what is the purpose of a hay steamer? Are they even worth purchasing?
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It was originally created to reduce mold spores, dust and airborne particles in hay that can irritate the bronchi of the equine. A reducer of respiratory disease happening in our horses..
It is supposed to be better than soaking, or dunking hay.
I think it has evolved some to also now help reduce some of the "sugars" certain hays have making a lower NSC ratio for animals susceptible to IR {diabetes} issues some horses develop.
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It was originally created to reduce mold spores, dust and airborne particles in hay that can irritate the bronchi of the equine. A reducer of respiratory disease happening in our horses..
It is supposed to be better than soaking, or dunking hay.
I think it has evolved some to also now help reduce some of the "sugars" certain hays have making a lower NSC ratio for animals susceptible to IR {diabetes} issues some horses develop.
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Thank you for responding with that information. In that case I see why some people highly recommend.
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I believe member AcadianArtist built her own steamer as purchasing was very costly and she needed it "yesterday" kind of thing for her older horse.
Not sure if she still uses it but know she made a informative thread here about it and how it helped her horse Harley when they first got him and he coughed incessantly.
She was looking for a solution so he not scar his lungs...


I will @Acadianartist her to this thread and hopefully she can enlighten far more depth of answer than I..
She did tons of research about the matter I remember her writing of...
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In this rare occasion, I respectfully sort of disagree with HLG

1. Yes, as HLG commented, Hay steamers are for the purpose of reducing mold spores and dust from hay for horses with breathing issues. COPD, which was called “Heaves” in the old days:)

1.1. Yepper, @acdianartist built her own steamer for under $100 because she needed one quickly and the price of a commercially built steamer is ridiculous:)

2. Soaking hay is what is needed for metabolic horses, IF a hay analysis shows the hay to be high in NSC and/or WSC.

Hay is only soaked in cold water for 15-20 minutes to leech out sugars. Anymore time risks leeching out vitamins/minerals:)

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