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Mares colostrum quick facts

Did you know?

Colostrum is the first milk loaded with antibodies.  It is vital for the foal to get a good strong dose of colostrum very soon after being born.

The mare’s colostrum will be replaced by milk within about 24–36 hours.

Generally, a healthy foal weighing around the 50 kg mark will consume approximately 10 – 15 litres of milk daily.

Foals grow rapidly in their first month of life, gaining on average 1.6kg per day- and are expected to double their birth weight in just 4 weeks! To achieve this, they need to consume 25% of their body weight in milk/feed daily.

Smart Foal is getting Smarter!

Great news!

After years of Smart Foal being used by hundreds of people across multiple countries we have incorporated feedback and feature requests to bring you:

Smart Foal HOME

On top of the current Smart Foal features:

  • Up to 600m range (depending on terrain, hills, buildings)
  • Real time webapp
  • Long battery life
  • Water proof/stomp proof

Smart Foal HOME includes:

  • Improved lying down detection. We have moved the extra sensitive detection method in the webapp into the HOME base so now the hardware alarm is just as sensitive.
  • Offline mare detection.  If your mare goes out of range, or breaks out of her paddock, the hardware alarm will “chirp” and let you know.
  • Automatic override if your internet goes down. Have the HOME base set to Auto so that you normally get alarms through the app or on your phone, but if your internet goes down the hardware alarm can detect that and turn itself on – so if your mare lies down the alarm will still activate.
  • MUTE button! Our mute button is not like any other sleep button you have seen before. Our Mute button ONLY silences the alarm for the one mare who activated it in the first place. What does this mean for you? Well if one mare lies down to have a big sleep and you hit mute the alarm will stop sounding for 15 minutes. She can get up, down and fidget as much as she wants, the alarm will stay off; BUT if another mare lies down and goes into labour the alarm will still activate!

We have built in as much redundancy as possible to make sure your mare can’t sneak the foal out. This not only makes Smart Foal the most sensitive halter mounted alarm on the market, it means that anyone without internet, or anyone who just wants the screaming alarm on it’s own, can take advantages of our advances.

We are still putting the finishing touches on this version. It will be released to the public in the next month or two.

Foaling alarm comparison

Traditional foal alarms

How do we provide a fair comparison of foaling alarms when they all, seemingly, use different technologies? Well, we can group them in terms of functional difference observed by users.

Traditional alarms mostly contain a tilt switch or accelerometer that detects lying flat. Some detect “rolling” before sending a signal.
The unit then sends a signal to a receiving unit which, in turn, sets off a siren.

These systems are not very robust and frequently fail. Often the range is poor.

If the signal doesn’t make it back to the receiving unit – you will only find out when you find your new foal.

Battery life is generally 7 days.

Phone App

A phone app for foaling is essentially the same thing as the traditional foal alarm except it uses a phone as the sensor/transmitter and you receive the notifications on another phone. There are several variants of this design around.

Battery life is usually 1-5 days.

Stitched in alarms

There are some alarms that require the transmitter and magnets to be sewn into the mare’s vulva. When the foal’s feet protrude the magnets separate and set off the alarm. These are great for reducing false alarms but are costly to have a veterinarian sew them in place and then remove them.

Battery life is around 10 days.

How is Smart Foal different?

All of these technologies have something in common. They have ONE sensor (whether it is tilt, motion, sweat, magnets or rolling) and they wait for the sensor to be triggered.

At that point, they send a message either to a local siren, or a text message. You still have no idea if the alarm is legitimate or false; you don’t have any way to monitor your horse and you can’t use the alarm for anything other than labour.

With Smart Foal, ALL your mares data is available ALL of the time. You don’t have to wait for the alarm to go off to check on her. You can watch her actions in real time and you can tell from her activity level if she is sleeping or in labour.

Smart Foal is the only alarm designed with customers best interests at heart.

  • Waterproof and stomp proof transmitters are hard for us to repair, but easy for YOU to use.
  • We make web app updates happen automatically. You don’t need to install drivers/software or worry about compatibility.
  • We are constantly looking for new features to add – like a contraction detector! Who else can make that claim?
  • Battery life is up to 6 weeks (depending on the type of transmitter you have purchased). None of this 3-6 days nonsense. We know your time is valuable and double handling the mare to constantly recharge the battery is simply a waste, particularly if you have dozens or hundreds of mares.

The Benefits of Buying a Mare Foaling Alarm for Sale and Why You Need an Alert System

If you have ambitions to be a successful horse breeder, whether you’re trying to grow a family to occupy your stable or wish to help others become proud horse owners, you need to familiarise yourself with the ins and outs of mare care. Horses require attention throughout the day regardless of whether they’re expecting to be proud mothers. However, while they’re responsible for two animals during their 11 to 12-month pregnancy, you need to be ready to act should they ever require it – which they certainly will when it’s time to give birth.

Looking after a pregnant mare requires a lot of time, effort, and dedication, but the rewards make your investment more than worthwhile. You’ll watch new life come into the world, and you’ll either have a new addition to your paddock or make an aspiring horse owner ecstatic. While your horse is pregnant, she will need lots of food and love, vaccinations at the appropriate intervals, and she’ll likely need monitoring 24 hours a day. Of course, nobody can glue their eyes to their mare around the clock – and neither should they for the horse’s sake – and you don’t have to if you purchase a mare foaling alarm.

After 11 months, your mare could go into labour at any given moment, and it’s vital to know that she has the second it happens. At Smart Foal, we’ve developed a new and easy-to-use foal alert system that notifies you of any changes in your horse’s activity, such as if she starts to pace rapidly, breathe heavily, or lies down at an unusual time. By monitoring your mare from an early stage of pregnancy, you can use the app to get to know her regular activities, allowing you to take fast action whenever there’s an alarm or alert. Thanks to our new cost-effective yet highly comprehensive system, you can monitor your mare’s wellbeing 24 hours a day without having to make a habitat for yourself in her paddock.

Why You Need a Smart Foal Alert System for Sale

If your pregnant mare is under stress or experiencing any issues that could affect the health of her or the unborn foal, you’ll undoubtedly want to be able to act promptly, whether that means aiding or calling a veterinarian. However, because most horse’s progress through pregnancy without issues provided they’re in good shape, it’s more important to receive an alert when she’s nearing foaling. Our new alarm system for sale will keep you up-to-date with your mare’s state, and it’s fitted with numerous safeguards to ensure it remains functional.

The transmitter attaches to the horse’s halter with Velcro to ensure if the mare gets entangled, it can break away without causing itself an injury. The transmitter sends data to an app that you can access through your laptop, and the display shows graphs that let you monitor your horse’s activity. If the transmitter fails, which is highly unlikely, you’ll receive an alert right away. However, you can count on our system to raise the alarm when required so that you can provide your mare with the care it needs continuously.

Learn More about Our Mare Foaling Alarm for Sale

At Smart Foal, we researched and developed our product for over two years before making it available for sale to breeders in Australia and worldwide, and despite being affordable, it’s more comprehensive and reliable than of the available alternatives. Call us today to find out how our foal alert system can benefit you.

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