How can light affect the horse's reproduction and hair development: We give you the answer!
We have published a blog post about the LED's ability to boost milk production. This week we will take a look at how lighting can affect the reproduction and hair growth of horses. This may be relevant if you are looking to replace or optimize LED lighting in the stable.
How can light affect reproduction?
To reproduce, horses need a natural cycle through sunlight. If we look at the reproductive cycles under seasonal daylight changes and colder temperatures, this will result in a lack of estrus or fertility in female mammals. The same applies to hens in response to shorter days and less light. Artificial lighting for horses, can be used to affect reproduction to forehead faster than normal. A mare needs about 15 hours of constant light and 8 hours of darkness for initially reproducing capabilities - which can be done via artificial LED lighting. When the light enters the animal's eye, it suppresses the release of melatonin, only allowing the release of hormones into the brain.
The advantage of using artificial lighting for hair growth
Horse's winter coat and thickness may vary from breed to breed, but the biggest factor that triggers the winter coat is the decreasing amount of light. On shorter days, horses will produce more melatonin hormone, which promotes stronger fur growth.
Therefore, some owners choose to observe and control the horse's fur and hair through artificial lighting, via the LED technology, which among other things is done to minimize the growth of the winter coat. The evolution of the horse's coat and hair is governed by what is called "photoperiod," which is the time period when the organism is exposed to illumination. Light receptors in the horse's eyes change with daylight length to the pineal gland of the brain producing melatonin.
It gives a clear picture that the right lighting and the hormone melatonin go hand in hand when you want to ensure higher reproduction and by the generation of a healthy winter coat, which also plays another important role - an indicator of the horse's overall health.