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    01-31-2012, 01:07 AM
Just google moon phases and the year and you will find a bunch.
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    01-31-2012, 01:09 AM
K Ty. I was typing in lunar calcs for mares
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    01-31-2012, 01:12 AM
Looks like she was bred the first day of last quarter, so that would make the foal a colt, or did I get it backwards?
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    01-31-2012, 01:14 AM
"Moon phase breeding" doesn't work to select sex. As NRHA said, it's more about timing in individual mare's cycles, and even then, it's not foolproof.
    01-31-2012, 01:17 AM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Bunch of "lunatics".

Yeah with AI for AMHA it's:
Collected by a vet. Same facility. Within 24 hours. Inseminated by a vet... and I think something else... Plus DNA testing to prove the parents are legit... It's like a bad show of Maury.
    01-31-2012, 01:20 AM
Originally Posted by trainerunlimited    
Looks like she was bred the first day of last quarter, so that would make the foal a colt, or did I get it backwards?
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I would say colt's likely.
    01-31-2012, 01:21 AM
Well, just have to see! I'm going to do the string test as well and see if the coincidences are in my favor when she foals!
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    01-31-2012, 08:00 AM
There is little question that moon phases affect mensus and ovulation - at least in a natural setting. Even humans retain a vestigial cycle based upon the moon cycle. However, remember that an artificial environment alters many natural bodily functions. Artificial light can encourage hens to lay more, for example. Blanketing a horse or keeping it in a heated barn can keep them from "shutting down" in the winter. The affect of moon cycles, day lengths, ambient temerature, and many other environmental variables are attenuated by artificial environments.

I am sure there is still a tie to a degree between fertility and moon cycles. However, sex is determined more by pH than any influence the moon might generate. To my knowledge there is no relationship between the pH of grass and/or hay and moon cycles.

Fertility? Sure. Sex? least with the knowledge we have now...
    01-31-2012, 10:39 AM
I've never deliberately bred by moon sign or phase, but it appears according to that study that I should have 2 colts this year. YIKES! I soo hope that's not true. Anyway it will be interesting to see.

I do wean by moon sign, and it does seem to make weaning easier, so I'll have to try breeding it this year.
    01-31-2012, 10:57 AM
According to the charts my mare should have a colt. I really hope that is true for several reasons. One she foals colt early and they are esier to market.

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