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post #1 of 12 Old 02-18-2013, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Stalled horses exposed to light 24/7 in the barn

We are boarding our horses and we were lucky enough to be the only boarders for a while, now there is a boarder, so we need try to get along. We live in Ohio where the climate is cold in the winter and they insist on closing up the barn. I have found where that is not necessary and is bad for their lungs if the barn is exteremely dusty, like this one is. What I really have a question on is, they want to leave the barn lights on all night long. I don't. I can't find anything that says that it is harmful to the horses eyesight, but I think they need their natural night time too. I mean horses in the wild don't have a night light, not more than the moon and stars in the sky! What do you think?
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-18-2013, 09:01 AM
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It is not just harmful to eyesight, but more to their mental state. If the light is on 24/7, their brains will never get to fully rest during sleep, just as it is with humans. I would consider it an odd form of torture and would never do it to my horses.

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post #3 of 12 Old 02-18-2013, 09:04 AM
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Never heard of leaving lights on, except if it is a show barn and people don't want their horse's to have winter woolies....so they are faked out by leaving the lights on.....I believe. Nor would I believe your BO would want to pay that light bill?

More ventilation, the better for dusty barns. As long as the horse has shelter from the elements, they are fine...don't need to live completely enclosed.
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Well, without visiting your barn and knowing how large it is, and what the environment is like I can't say who is right in your case. At my old barn with 22 horses in stables stabled with straw we shut the doors at night to prevent the wind and rain coming in, and for security. It was an old farm draughty barn with huge high ceilings. Even 22 horses didn't stir up the dust enough to cause problems.

Lights - well, how many does she want on and why? She must have a reason behind it?

i would have thought that the barn owner should be sorting this out as it is her electricity!

I think that both parties need to talk, and compromise. Otherwise your barn is not going to be a very nice place to be.....

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-18-2013, 09:21 AM
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What a waste of money and energy. I'm interested in knowing the reasoning behind this.

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-18-2013, 09:37 AM
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idk if it really is bad for them. in the winter my horse lays down during the day to sleep, she lives in a pasture 24/7. she does just fine sleeping when it is light out. i dont know that it is cruel, maybe just annoying to them.

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gypsy, having a nap during daytime is ok, but imagine how it would be to sleep only with lights on, never some darkness to rest in. By the way, sleep deprivation by constant lightning used to be an official method of torture in China.

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maybe im weird but i love sleeping with the light on. as for gypsy, she will rest at night, but she lays down to get her REM sleep during the day in the winter.

im not saying its nice to leave the lights on 24/7 but i think they would survive

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post #9 of 12 Old 02-18-2013, 10:29 AM
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Are they trying to start the shedding process? Are they trying to start mares cycling? Keep rodents at bay?

Was this the case when you moved your horses to this barn?
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Thanks guys. I really don't know their reasoning behind it. We are keeping them at our local fairgrounds so there isn't a "barn owner" to really keep track of this stuff. I guess we'll sort it out.
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