When we consider improving the sports performance of our horse in any discipline, we usually think about increasing their drive, strength, endurance, speed, agility, control, etc. We mistakenly place our attention on the locomotion system, the musculature, ligaments or joints, to the detriment of other organs that we overlook as we consider them secondary, or simply do not recognise their true role in training.
Any horse, even if only submitted to a light work, needs a healthy respiratory system. It is essential to develope their skills and support a good quality of life. It must be capable of providing the enough oxygen to the bloodstream and it helps to improve the cardiovascular system.
That is nothing new. Both horses and human s, when submitted to sports training, need to have a high aerobic capacity and this is not possible if external agents who prevent their correct operation affect their principal organs.
To improve the health of our horses we must lodge them in correctly ventilated stables, maintain their resting place free of dust. Now, thanks to STEAMHORSE we can also obtain an optimum steam sterilization of the fodder used in their diet, making it totally free of spores and agents that can be harmful to the respiratory system.
Remember that 1 gr of good quality hay can contain up to 9 million spores, depending on the crop, dampness, storage or pollution and in many cases, the hay presents a normal appearance.
Spores are intrinsic in the hay, since being stored with 20% dampness during the harvest, makes this a suitable breeding ground for development. On the other hand if the hay is stored too dry it reduces the quality and becomes excessively woody. (The straw contains about 4 % of dampness).
Haylage also contains spores, albeit in smaller quantities as its storage and preservation mean they develop more slowly. However it is not 100% free of spores and besides this is a considerably more expensive and stronger product.
Contrary to the popular belief that dipping the hay increases the volume of the spores, preventing access to the respiratory tract, the fungus´s reproduction do not change their volume when wet.
The size of the spores belonging to the most common species found in hay is between 1 and 10 microns. These are: Aspergillus spp, Mucor spp, Penicillium spp, Rhizapus spp and Fusarium spp and none of them changes their volume sufficently to prevent them from being inhaled by the horse when eating the hay.
Independent laboratories have verified that the number of spores in a bale of hay is reduced to zero after having used STEAMHORSE.