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    01-01-2010, 06:57 PM
  #11
Trained
I don't leave my "barn" lights on, but I do have a heat lamp in the loft right above the horses "stall" area so there is some light down there. During the summer there isn't any. I have everything in quotes because my barn is an old cow shed/lean to converted so that the horses have 3 tie stalls where we feed them. Not really a nice barn, but it works Oh the heat lamp is for the barn cats, not the horses...
     
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    01-01-2010, 08:48 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Nope. No lights and no music.
     
    01-05-2010, 01:48 PM
  #13
Super Moderator
I would love to have music in my barn (when I'm around)
     
    01-05-2010, 02:38 PM
  #14
Foal
Production acres is totally correct, light and dark helps horses with many things just like it does for us. I didn't see where you are from but I am from Wisconsin and we have natual light in the daytime in the barn and its dark at night. We try to keep in constatnt because this will also help with the seasons changing, they will grow thier winter coats and shed them with the more daylight they have. We try hard not to mess with that as much as we can. Horses can see in the dark. It is whatever works for you but generally leaving light on at night is more for your comfort.
     
    01-05-2010, 02:50 PM
  #15
Started
I turn the lights off, per request of the barn owners. I think the horses prefer not to have a light on. I certainly don't like the light on at night when I'm trying to sleep.
     
    01-05-2010, 06:17 PM
  #16
Foal
I got a real hoot with "lights sigh". Man that brings back memories.

Now its heated water for baths, self filling water in the stalls, a tack room big enough etc.

Just waiting for the automatic "pooper scooper"!!

Lights-- and darkness-- do affect the natural clock in the horse for sure. That's how they tell the season which dictates breeding, coat, amount of feed they need--lots of stuff.

If you are showing the horse then we try to keep it about 11 hours of day and 13 hours of night (keeps the coat nice). If we are looking to "convince" a mare to go into heat its 14 hours of day 10 hours of night.

We do regulate the day and nite by the lights.
     
    01-05-2010, 06:22 PM
  #17
Weanling
I'd turn 'em off as soon as I leave the barn :)
If I'd need to do something specific, I'd turn 'em on, but I'd try to take care it's not on for hours in a row.
     
    01-05-2010, 06:56 PM
  #18
Started
My barn tends to be dark, especially if the weather's bad and all the doors are closed, so if the horses are in, I leave an overhead light on in the daytime. At night, there is a kid's nightlight that gives them a little more than pitch blackness overnight. I'm with RiosDad on this one, I like to leave the boys with a little light, since they'll be awake a lot of the time. As long as it isn't illuminating the whole barn, or blinding the horses, I don't see a problem. The horses seem well rested...
     
    01-05-2010, 09:48 PM
  #19
Foal
As dusty as my grandparents old cow barn is, I'd be afraid of a light overheating the cobwebs and burning the barn down....

My run-in has power and an overhead light, that is just there to make my life easier when I have to feed and fill the water trough after dark....
     

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