Sleep is critical to the well-being of animals and can be greatly affected by the animal’s environment. Little is known about how variations in lighting may interfere with sleep-wake cycles of stabled horses and if lighting impacts their sleep quality and, in turn, their overall health and behavior. Researchers will evaluate the impact of two lighting systems on the quality of sleep and circadian rhythm (body clock) in stabled horses. Findings will provide evidence-based data on how lighting systems may impact behavior and welfare in these animals. Data also will be used to inform further studies and strategies on how adjustments to stable lighting can promote healthy sleep patterns for horses, improving their day-to-day quality of life.
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Linda Greening, PhD