Podcast #031 – Molds, Mycotoxins And Soaking Horse Hay

The Equine Practice Inc, The Horse's Advocate

Reducing the extra body fat on our horses is the best, if not the only, way to improve and eliminate metabolic syndrome. But is there a cost to their health in the increased production of molds with mycotoxins when doing this?

I attended a symposium by the European Equine Health & Nutrition Congress in the Netherlands that addresses molds and mycotoxins in forage. I thought this would be where I could get all the answers to horse owners’ questions about mold development in soaked hay. However, all I got was confusion and a few evidence-based answers. The clearest explanation I received, which was directed to my question asked in the Q&A section, was given by a representative of the hay steaming company Haygain.

If you are frustrated at the end of this podcast, I understand, as I am frustrated too. However, I gained some insights and some validation too.

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