We have decided to breed our maiden mare who will be a 5yr old in Early 2010 for a 2011 foal. When should I start everything for the earliest foal possible (Jan) I have a couple open stalls with lights. I have a timer set up for lights to come on from 12 to 4am. We had a tarp set up so they couldn't see it was dark out.. Is that really necessary? Or will the lights be enough without the tarp? Also when is the earliest you can put them under lights to get them cycling well enough to breed I have heard its good to let them go through a cycle or two before actually breeding them. I also hate giving the regumate we did that this year with my other mare and our vet just gives us a bottle of it with a plastic syringe and even though I am very careful it seems I always end up with it on me somehow and I know its not good for you my mare gaped her mouth at the last minute and it sprayed back and got in my eye another time she jerked and it got all over my arm.. Can you breed them without that stuff?? Any suggestions would help..
Please review the articles section of the web site which will provide answers to your questions in detail. In particular review the article about phototropic stimulation which will answer your questions about lights. Follow those links to access the pages.
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