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Moldy or Dusty Hay, Heaves, and Horses
It is just a fact of life that all baled hay develops some amount of mold. In well put up hay, hay that is suitable for horses, the amount is undetectable by inspection. However, if hay is bailed before it is adequately dry or becomes wet during storage, molds flourish producing large numbers of spores. Chronic exposure to large amounts of mold spores causes a serious allergic condition in horses called Heaves, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and more recently has been referred to as recurrent obstructive airway disease (ROAD). This article discusses the detection of moldy hay and what to do about it. We have an article on Diagnosing and Treating Heaves.
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