Frequently Asked Questions

Is Smart Foal safe?


If the mare should get caught by the transmitter on a fence/tree/other, the velcro will tear allowing her to escape. It is as good idea to place vetwrap over the transmitter AND velcro covering both ends. This should prevent most cases of the transmitter getting snagged on anything.

Should your velcro tear, owners are able to place adhesive velcro on the outside of the transmitter and then attach the transmitter to the halter normally, or use vetwrap, or both.

Can Smart Foal be used on other animals?

The algorithms in the app are based on horses so they may not be completely useful. The alarm will go off primarily when the animal lies down so if you put a Smart Foal alarm on an animal that tends to lie down a lot then you will get a lot of alarms.

Some Smart Foal owners have horses and cows. They use their alarm on both animals equally successfully.

Can multiple mares be monitored at the same time?

Absolutely! Easily connect 20+ transmitters to the one WiFi base station.

Where do you ship to?

We can ship all over the world. Shipping costs may apply.

Do you offer a Lay-buy option?

Yes we do. The maximum repayment term is 6 months and the lay-buy gateway provider (LAY-BUYS) will charge 0.9% of the total purchase. For example if your order total is $500 the provider will charge you $4.5.

Is Smart Foal waterproof?

Yes, the transmitter is waterproof. However, the WiFi base station is not. The design of the hardware alarm would get completely dampened inside a sealed box so we had to make the decision to make the base station un-waterproof.

What is the range of Smart Foal?

Smart Foal has a maximum range of 600m in an ideal setting. However, obstacles such as buildings and trees can decrease this range. This applies for all devices with a radio module in it.

How does Smart Foal compare to other alarms?

Traditional foal alarms

These alarms detect lying down and set off a siren in a receiving unit.

Smart Foal contains a siren in the WiFi base station that will go off when the mare lies down. So in that respect, it contains the same functionality.

On top of that, Smart Foal has an app that allows you to monitor your mare yourself. You can see if she is restless or agitated, pacing or lying down. The algorithms processing the data let you know if she is OK or if you should get ready for your new baby. You can see the remaining battery life and enable the alarms you want.

Having an app also enables Smart Foal to roll out improvements continuously. There is no need for different hardware or an upgrade, we can upload new code, features or updates remotely for everyone to enjoy. Our ultimate goal is to add a “predictivity” meter that gives you at least an hour notice before the foal is born.

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. Again Smart Foal contains the same functionality and the big difference is the Smart Foal App. No other alarm conducts pattern recognition on the data or shows you your mares distress/activity level.

You need to be careful placing a phone on your mare. The batteries are low quality and can spontaneously catch on fire. Having a 500kg horse stand on them will also cause severe damage to the battery which could result in a fire.

Using a phone as the sensor/transmitter means the battery life is a maximum of a few days and it relies on your foaling yards having 3G coverage or direct WiFi coverage.

Stitched in alarms

There are some alarms that require the transmitter and magnets to be sewn into the mares vulva. When the foals 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. HOWEVER, if your foal has badly contracted tendons it may NEVER be able to move into the birth canal or set off a vulva alarm. It is rare for a foal to have contracted tendons this bad, but it does happen a few times each breeding season.

Smart Foal attaches to the halter and doesn’t need to be sewn in. As such Smart Foal doesn’t incur veterinary fees.