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post #1 of 19 Old 12-30-2009, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Lights in the barn?

Does anyone leave lights on in their barn at night?

Our barn is a bit a distance from our house and we had one injured horse so during some bad weather we left a couple of lights on.

However, when looking out to check on the horse......the horses were staying as far away from the barn as possible in the pen. Only a couple of times did the horses go in the barn after dark....even though it was warmer there.

Of course if I turn the light I couldn't tell if they were in the barn or not but I am thinking they don't care for the light at night.

Just curious of what others have experienced.
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-30-2009, 11:16 PM
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When I bring my horses in at night over the winter, I leave a small barn light on, because I don't like the thought of leaving them in the dark. I had a friend who left her horse in a barn without a light on, and when she came back, her horse thought she was in trouble, lol.

I don't see it being a problem. As long as lights aren't blaring at them, of course.

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post #3 of 19 Old 12-30-2009, 11:21 PM
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Horse's have excellent night vision, so I would think that leaving a light on at night would do more harm than good.
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post #4 of 19 Old 12-31-2009, 08:28 AM
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1. Yes, the lights in the barn are for you, not the horse!

2. Daylight or lights are triggers for sleep, don't sleep, relaxation, time for breeding, etc. Unless you are trying to trigger a mare out of a normal cycle, probably best to let daylight be daylight, and night be night.

3. Sometimes our idea of a comfortable barn may not be the horses' idea of a comfortable barn. You see this with cattle all the time. They will be down in a dip under some hemlock trees instead of the nice barn you built for them;.)
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post #5 of 19 Old 12-31-2009, 09:02 AM
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Horses sleep very little, not more then 4 hours a night. We have lights around the barn that stay on nights. Our barn has lots of windows and the light diffuses through the window keeping the barn so so at night
I would hate a totally black barn and would at least get some night lights, small lights that don't glare and some turn on themselves in the dark.
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We have a small dusk to dawn light under the over hang. So I guess the answer is yes eve though the light is not in the barn totally.

We had a night light (like a kids room night light) in the barn because our one horse seemed to have a problem with the cats activity in the dark. That light was not really doing much so we installed this other light.
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post #7 of 19 Old 12-31-2009, 11:38 AM
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I don't leave the lights on, it can make the horses shed off their heavy winter coats. It gets pretty cold in these parts so I want them to keep thick coats.
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*sigh*... Lights... what a concept...

I have a generator in the back of my rhino that I plug an extension cord to that turns on my work lights so I can clean stalls. I have a lantern that I turn on so I can see my grain...

*sigh*... Lights...

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post #9 of 19 Old 12-31-2009, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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We only just moved here recently and the lights were already installed in the barn. It had three big lights and then lights in the tack area. I think they had lights for their show goats and sheeps to keep the coyotes away.

My husband disconnected the three big lights and has the tack room light on a timer. Now I see them getting in the barn more. So.....I guess the light was a problem with them relaxing at night. The tack room lights coming through the windows don't seem to bother them at all and it is just barely enough for me to see if they are even any where around.
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post #10 of 19 Old 01-01-2010, 06:53 PM
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If you want to read more about the sleeping habits of horses check out this link
The Sleeping Habits of Horses - How Long and How Horses Sleep
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