Last season, I really put the Equilume Light Mask to the test. I used it on mares that for years would’nt cycle until April or May. With the EquilumeTM Light Mask the mares were cycling by the end of January. Staying outside with the mask is positive for the horse, for their life, for mares cycling, for their hair coat. I look forward to using the mask again this season. I am sold!
Chris Benedict, Judge AQHA, NRCHA, NCHA
DLR Ranch, Weatherford, TX, USA
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.
William T. Gray, DVM
Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic, California
"In 2014 we purchased Equilume Light Masks to advance the start of the breeding season for our paddocked Broodmares. The Equilume Masks were easily fitted to the mares and turned on in mid-June. The mares dropped their coats by late July and were ready to breed far earlier in the season than in previous years. This resulted in successful breedings and foals due early in Spring 2015. From our observations we see the benefit of using the Equilume Light Masks on show horses that are not stabled under lights to assist in shedding their winter coats in preparation for the upcoming Spring Show season."
Mick and Tiffany Allen
Celadon Benbrook Australian Stock Horses Luskintyre, NSW.
"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."
General Manager, Newsells Park Stud, UK.
"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!"
Dr. Steve Jackson
Bluegrass Equine Nutrition, Lexington, KY.
"We used the Equilume Light Masks last year with great success. Our dry mares were all cycling and covered early, while reducing our management costs significantly. Our pregnant mares that wore the masks foaled on time with excellent post-foaling fertility, especially mares that had previously struggled to cycle with foal at foot. We would highly recommend Equilume to farms that want to reduce costs and improve breeding efficiency."
"I think that Equilume Light Masks will open the eyes of the horse industry to the benefits of light manipulation in the same way that deslorelin brought focus to ovulation-inducing drugs"
Dr. Angus McKinnon B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Diplomate A.C.T., Dip.Vet.Med., Diplomate A.B.V.P
Director, Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, Shepparton, VIC, AUS.
"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."
Tinnakill House Stud, Ireland.
"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)."
Dr. Naoya Yoshida DVM
Winchester Farm, Kentucky, USA.
"My two barren mares that wore masks since november both cycled, were bred, and got in foal just as I had hoped. I bred the first one on feb 14th and the second on feb 20th. Figuring normal gestation of 11 months 10 days, my first two mares to foal were right on target. Thats almost perfect in my opinion.
Using the masks have been a life changer. I love them! They have given me confidence in the future."
Sunday Morning Farm, Kentucky, USA.
"I have come to the undeniable conclusion that the masks successfully advanced reproductive activity in my mares in time for the start of the breeding season. The quality, durability and reliability of the masks I must add is second to none."
Coldwater Farm, Kentucky, USA.
"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.
Alan J. Leavitt
Walnut Hall Ltd. Kentucky, USA.
"I was delighted with the benefits we gained from our first season using the Equilume Light Masks in 2013. Aside from the obvious efficiencies of not having to box our mares under lights, our barren and maidens had strong heats in early September with excellent fertility. Without any hesitation, we will be using the light masks again next season".
Curraghmore Stud, New Zealand.
"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."
John & Annemarie O’Connor
Ballydorgan Stud, Ireland.
At last, a novel and exciting advance in horse breeding which is based on sound theory and solid science. The Equilume Light Mask is sure to be of major practical benefit to the Thoroughbred breeders around the world who have the good sense to use it.
Professor W.R. (Twink) Allen
Director at the Paul Mellon Laboratory of Reproduction, Newmarket, UK.