Originally Posted by trainerunlimited
I forgot to mention after RC's horrible bout of colic last year, he is now sterile, so she'll be AI'd with frozen semen. I don't know how much of a difference that will make.
Make sure you have a DAYUM good repro vet involved for frozen semen. The timing has to be just right or she won't catch and settle and it's not something for a novice to try.
Personally, in your situation, I would find another stallion. Breeding with frozen can be like giving the vet an open check. Add that you have no lights, no on premise stallion......Yeah, NO!
If you are still going to try, I'd take her to the breeding station the first of Feb and just leave her there, it could be more cost effective in the long run.
As for cycling, yes, they can still cycle, they may not (mostly won't) produce a viable follicle at this time of year. Without lights, you're pretty much whistling in the dark, I wouldn't waste my time or money hauling back and forth to the stallion until later in the year, say March/April.
Can you put up a battery operated LED type light in the barn where she is at? Like I mentioned before, you don't have to have a real bright light, but anything to artificially extend daylight will trick her body into thinking it's spring.