Equilume Performance Lighting has been designed to influence a mare’s reproductive system through smart Stable Lights and mobile Light Masks. We can help breeders meet industry-imposed foal birth dates by increasing the hours of light a horse is exposed to daily.
It is widely understood that providing longer day-length acts to reduce the production of the hormone melatonin and stimulates the mare’s reproductive system to activate earlier in the year. Therefore, foals of the same official age can be produced that are older in actual age.
|Advances and extends breeding season|
|Increases fertility and libido|
|Advances breeding season|
|Optimizes gestation lengths|
|Improves foal birth weights|
|Increases post foaling fertility|
|Increases milk yield|
|Improves colostrum quality|
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Dry Mares: Light therapy should commence before 1st December (Northern Hemisphere) or 1st July (Southern Hemisphere) to reduce the production of the hormone melatonin and stimulate the mare’s reproductive system to activate earlier in the year.
Pregnant Mares: Light therapy should commence 90 days prior to due date to optimize foal birth weights and prevent prolonged gestations. Note: Light therapy should not commence before November 15th (Northern Hemisphere) or June 15th (Southern Hemisphere) regardless of due date.
Stallions: Light therapy should commence before 1st December (Northern Hemisphere) or 1st July (Southern Hemisphere) to ensure peak fertility and libido coincides with the busiest time of the breeding season.
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The very best device I have seen in 25years of reproductive practice, second only to the introduction of the ultrasound. It will get them bred early.
"I have been excited since being introduced to this concept and have successfully used the Equilume™ Light Masks for the last two breeding seasons, I am confident that they will be a world wide success for breeders. In the difficult breeding year of 2013, Equilume™ was a ‘shining light’ in tightening our average gestation lengths."
"We purchased one of these new masks for a mare here in Ballydorgan Stud who has consistently foaled well past her due date. 6 weeks overdue in 2012! She foaled bang on time last night, so we are well impressed with this new concept and product."
"Debbie and I used Equilume Light Masks on four barren mares and one maiden mare last season at Jackson Purchase Farm. I was a little reluctant to part with proven ways, but I am happy to say that the masks worked great. All of the mares had breedable follicles and had gone through transition by the February 14th. Four of the mares conceived on the first cover while one was more challenging. In the winter of 2014 we had zero issues with the mares being outside 24/7, often in sub-zero temperatures. Besides the fact that the mares all cycled as I hoped, I am still married, spent less on van and vet charges and had healthier mares. Like extended turnout for any class of horse, daily observation, occasional adjusting of masks and adjustment of feed and hay is necessary. For me the economics were good and the mares simply did better outside. I am a believer!"
We at Taylor Made used the Equilume Light Masks on over 50 barren and maiden mares this season (2016) to bring forward seasonal reproductive activity. We found that the light masks worked just as well as conventional stable lighting at ensuring early cyclicity. In addition we believe that there are significant advantages to extended turn-out for mares that Equilume facilitates.
"All mares with the Equilume™ mask showed heat in January and they had normal oestrous cycles. Equilume is effective to control reproductive organs as much as standard method of light control. The mares with Equilume were covered in the early breeding season and 70% of them became pregnant immediately. Equilume saved our time and daily running costs (electricity, bedding and labor etc)."
"The 20 masks you put on our mares in early December are working beautifully. Our mares are foaling closer to their due dates than is usual during the winter months and they are just as effective in getting mares to come into oestrus as lighted stalls, if not more so. They represent a large saving of both money and labor as compared to bringing mares in and out of barns with lighted stalls, cleaning and rebedding stalls etc."
"We used the Equilume Light Masks last season on a selection of our in-foal mares with a history of long gestation lengths. We found that the masks worked to good effect and resulted in a significant reduction in gestation lengths compared to the 2013 gestations in the same mares. We felt the light masks were effective at reducing prolonged gestations in pregnant mares and intend to use them again."
"We decided to give Equilume a try for the first time this year (2017) as winters in the Northwest are dark, wet and cold. It can be a real challenge to get mares to build follicles and ovulate in a timely manner up here. We found Equilume at the Fort Worth Futurity in December last year and brought home a few and put them on our mares in Mid December and by February they were cycling as if it were May. The horses that weren't wearing the masks didn't build follicles as fast and in some cases we couldn't get a good heat cycle. We found it so convenient, no need for lights, out in their paddocks with the masks was all we needed."
"I initially used the Equilume Light Mask on "The Job is Right" during the darkest days of winter as I felt the horse just wasn't thriving. A month later he started to look and feel a lot better in himself and was enjoying his work more. I also used a mask on a barren mare who shortly afterwards started cycling and went in foal on her first cover."