Hay steaming not only helps with your horse with coughs it also makes the hay more palatable. Steaming hay can be a great way to encourage your horse to eat the hay while helping to reduce or eliminate coughs and kill moulds and spore forming bacteria.
It is very common for horses and ponies to develop a cough when stabled for long periods. It is thought that this is due to a mixture of issues such as bedding, forage, ventilation, stable hygiene as well as genetics. Despite no visual indicators of dust, bacteria or mould in hay, research has shown that they are present in all hays which can be a respiratory irritant. Traditionally you would soak hay, however, over recent years research has become more widely known that doing so can increase the bacteria build up as much as 5 times if soaked for 9 hours.
How It Helps
How Simply Steam started ……
Simply Steam started in 2019 following the birth of my daughter Daisy who arrived 3 months early. After being made redundant from my position as National Sales Manager in the equine industry, I knew I had to do something different.
The idea started with my mum who is a saddle fitter and has so much horse knowledge and experience, she’s always my first port of call with anything equine. My own horse Poppy who is now 17 who I’ve owned from a 4 year old has always coughed on hay and we have always had to soak it. Trying to juggle looking after a baby, looking after a horse and working on a yard of full livery’s, I knew i didn’t have the time or energy to spend another winter soaking 4 nets a day.
Cue my dad, who’s job title is probably best described as jack of all trades (and master of hay steamers). He’s built us everything from a horse shower, horse box, stables and he’s even build us a house in years gone by. So with an idea, he was sent to the workshop and the first prototype of the simply steam was made. Since then, there has been a lot of prototypes and endless hours have been spent developing and trialing everything from brass connectors, plastic boxes and steamer units.
That leads us to today, where simply steam is now something we are all very proud of and we have been blown away by the fantastic response and amazing customer feedback.
Simply Steam is a small family business and you might get my daughter chatting away in the background of my calls and ‘helping’ me pack the orders. We have tried to use locally sourced products where we can, so the plastic boxes are manufactured 5 minutes away. Each order is handmade and packed into cardboard boxes that are also produced locally.
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Simply Steam- Hay Steamers are manufactured in the UK by a family business using British made products wherever possible.
We are fully insured via NFU Mutual.