NEW for 2021 - The Foal Birth Alarm Advanced - can also help monitor colic and other complications
The Foal Birth Alarm Advanced is the latest development in the highly popular Birth Alarm range and is the premium product. It is a non invasive system that does not need a vet for installation. It operates by monitoring your mare's movement via a transmitter attached to their head collar or girth (not included). When it detects movements caused by birthing contractions (your mare lies on her flanks for more than 7.6 seconds), it sends a message to your mobile or landline phone. It also has monitoring modes so you can be alerted about other complications such as colic.
The system is easy to install and easy to expand to a maximum 4 mares. The colour display with touch screen dims automatically and has the option to monitor the health of your horse.
The Foal Birth Alarms help you keep your horses safe.
- Has a colour display with a touch screen that dims automatically at night.
- Has a sleeping mode that is designed specifically for mares who sleep on their side.
- Has the option to place transmitters on a maximum of 4 mares.
- Has a reach of up to 500 m.
- Real-time update on the status of the transmitters.
- Has a monitoring mode that sends an alert so you can provide assistance with a colic or any other complications.
Review of the Birth Alarm Lite 1.0 (the older version, before the launch of the sleep setting) from The Polo Times, August 2020
A Home Breeding Essential
Home breeding is an exciting experience, but it can also be a worrying time, with the due date always being a bit of a question mark. Even if you know the exact date of the covering, equine gestation can be from 320 to 380 days, with 330 days (11 months) as the most commonly cited gestation length. If, as in our case, your mare has been covered naturally and been turned out with the stallion for a period of time, then the due date can be A home breeding essential Birth Alarm even more difficult to guess. This is where the Birth Alarm Lite is an invaluable tool. The alarm attaches to your mare’s headcollar and is motion activated, when your mare begins contractions she will lie down on her flanks (a typical position for birthing) and the alarm responds to this change in position and after the position has been maintained for eight seconds the alarm will send a signal to the pre-programmed mobile phone, which alerts you that your mare is lying down on her side.
The Birth Alarm Lite is a non-invasive way of being notified when your mare is due to foal, based on her position, however one of the down sides is that each time your mare lies down for a rest in the same position as the labour position, the alarm cannot tell the difference. It is also worth noting that if the headcollar that the alarm is attached to is not properly fitted and is too big, then the alarm can shift position and also send off an alarm. This does cause a few false alarms, but when it does call you for the real thing, then you will be pleased you invested in one!
Here at Polo Times, our broodmare Nevada was out with the stallion over the summer of 2019, this meant we only had an approximate due date (5 June – 5 July) based on an early scan and as we did not have a foaling box and she prefers to be out at grass, the birth would likely take place in a small paddock. The Birth Alarm Lite had been recommended and as the due date was only approximate, we thought it would be a useful investment. Once the Birth Alarm Lite arrived, there was a bit of difficulty setting it up, partly due to operator error, but once attached to Nevada’s headcollar it didn’t seem to bother her and we felt more at ease knowing that we would be alerted should she go into the labouring position. It is fair to say we had more than one false alarm, it turns out Nevada not only likes to nap a lot during the night but also likes to scratch her head, which tilts the alarm and sends off a false reading. On Thursday 9 July, we checked her in the afternoon and could see some signs of bagging up (until this point she had shown little sign of this, which is quite common in maiden mares); we checked her again at 10.30pm and again there were signs of bagging up but she did not show any signs of impending labour, such as appearing restless or agitated, sweating, circling, looking at her flanks etc; we nonetheless decided we would check on her again at 1am. However, we did not have time for this, just as we turned in for the night, the alarm went off and we went outside to check, expecting a false alarm as we had just checked on her – but much to our surprise, when we went outside, there were signs that something was happening and we heard her waters breaking, action at last! Less than 30 minutes later, the foal (later named Monkeynut) was safely delivered and the vet had just arrived. With that, the weather turned and the drizzle began; after some time it was clear that Monkeynut was struggling to gain a purchase with his ‘slippers’ (the protective coating foals have on their hooves so as not to damage the birthing canal) on the damp ground and the vet recommended we moved him inside. Once inside, he still struggled to stand and feed, needing assistance with both, but within 24 hours he was healthy and bright eyed. If we had not used the Birth Alarm Lite, then no doubt Nevada would have delivered the foal safely, but in between the 10.30pm and 1am check, Monkeynut would have been lying out on damp ground, unable to stand or feed properly and there could have been serious consequences. So, despite the false alarms and at times frustrating set-up, the Birth Alarm Lite gets our full recommendation!
Birth Alarm Lite The Foal Alarm Lite can be purchased at www.farmcareuk.com The Foal Alarm Lite can be rented for £50 per week, up to a maximum of £200 (so if you need it for 2 months, you will only be charged £200). N.B. The Foal Alarm Lite does not come with a SIM card, you will need to purchase one for yourself in order to use the alarm
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