Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Lamps and portable electricity
I hope I'm putting this in the right area.
I've got a fancy APHA mare that was under lights until I bought her last June. I had her at another stable with timed lights, and in December I moved her to a boarding facility where she has no lights at all. Her coat has grown mighty hairy!! I am not showing her this year until May so I'm not going to fuss about her winter coat now, but I'd like to think ahead and prepare for next winter.
For any of you show people, what sort of heating lights or lamps do you use to keep your horse's coat nice and short? Is it just a regular light to trick her mind into thinking it's daytime, or is it actually a lamp that gives off heat? Do you keep them on 24/7, only during night time, or some other schedule?
My mare is in a "loveshack" shed/paddock situation outside of the main barn. There is no electricity out there, and also my barn manager is fussy about her electricity bills. Even though I've offered to pay extra to use a heat lamp she has said no. Is there some sort of portable battery I can plug a lamp into?
Any other tips and advice on lamps, portable electricity and keeping a horse warm and happy are also welcomed.