I was wondering if it is too late to start using lights. I live on the east coast of canada, The days now are starting to increase in lenght, but I would like to start breeding in May, would my chances be better if I got the lights started now??? I bred my mare last year to no avail, but a culture showed mixed flora, so I chalked it up to that and hope for more positive results this year, but would like to get started earlier this year. Thank you for any info
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2002 - 04:13 pm:
I live in Eastern Canada, too, NB, and am breeding my mare in April. The vet I use told me that between 30 to 60 days of using lights (no less than 200 wts) the mare should start cycling.
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2002 - 11:54 pm:
About 60 days of lights are required in order to achieve transitional phase - I would say that 30 days is too few. The light intensity needed is such that you are able to read a newspaper in any part of the stall, so 200 watts may not be necessary.
If you don't want to start breeding until May you don't need to bother with lights. She should be cycling normally be then anyway. I usually start breeding in April (or the end of March) and have no trouble getting the mares in foal. And they are never under lights
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 10:40 am:
That was a very informative article! Thanks!
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