Here you’ll find the answers to our most commonly asked questions.
Foal App uses a smartphone attached to the mare's headstall to detect when she lies down, indicating that labour is starting, and notifies receivers with an alarm on their own phone. Using the inbuilt camera and microphone you can check on the mare even if you aren’t nearby.
Foal App is free to download and use as a receiver, however to use it to monitor a mare you must purchase credit within the app. This credit is per week, but does not expire until it is assigned to a mare and consumed. Weekly credits cost $10-20 USD depending on quantity, larger purchases have a discounted rate. You will also need a Foal App pouch to attach the phone to your mare, which is $49.95 USD including postage.
You will need to put a second phone on your mare as you need a phone to receive the alarm as well.
Both the monitoring and receiving phone need a reliable internet connection, otherwise the app cannot send/receive alarms or video. We recommend a mobile phone plan, as it is generally more reliable than WiFi.
Foal App supports both Apple iOS and Google Android devices, however we recommend Android devices for monitoring. Android OS 5+ is supported, however OS 7 or higher is highly recommended. You can see a list of our supported devices under the “Phone Setup” section of this page. Foal App may work on other devices but we do not recommend budget phones.
Battery life on Android is up to 48 hours (LG Nexus 5X), while iPhone is up to 8 hours (iPhone 6 Plus). However many factors can reduce the battery life including the model of phone, age of the phone, weak signal, cold weather etc. Foal App features battery warnings and will notify receivers before the monitor goes flat. To increase battery life an external battery can be used, which can more than triple the battery life.
The alarm volume is set by your phone volume, so make sure your phone is not on silent.
The alarm will work anywhere you have an internet connection, no matter how far away you are.
Some mares may set the alarm off often when they aren’t going into labour. By using the camera you can see if the mare is rolling, scratching or going into labour without rushing out to check.
While viewing the video you can turn the phones flash on and off to see even if it is dark.
You can monitor as many mares as you need.
Yes. The pouch attaches to any kind of halter and fits snugly under the mare’s neck.
It is unlikely. The pouch is very secure with a double velcro system and the material used is shock absorbing. Make sure to keep the pouch and velcro clean, and securely fastened, as this helps ensure it the phone does not fall out or off and become damaged .
You can access the live video feed as often as you like. You don’t have to wait for the alarm to do this. Be aware, however, that constant use of the video will shorten the battery life.
Foal App uses approximately 2GB of data per month on the monitor phones. This can vary depending on how often you choose to access the live video feed.
In Australia, Standard Post takes 7-10 business days and 1-2 business days express. International (everywhere except Australia) postage takes up to 4 weeks and 3-4 business days express.
No, any combination will work.
Yes - You can have as many receivers as you like, the alarm will go to all of them. You can either log into your account on multiple devices, or if you'd like someone else to receive alarms you can send them the mare code by clicking “Share mare code” in the app.
Yes. If one phone does not have internet connection you will still get the alarm once it reconnects, but this could be delayed. You will also not be able to use the video features with limited reception.
The custom designed pouch is water resistant, however you can also put the phone in a water proof phone case or snap lock bag inside the pouch if you are concerned.
At this stage, Foal App works on tablets but is still phone sized on the screen. Foal App does not work on computers.
There is no scientific evidence that links wireless phone usage to cancer, or any other health problems. For more information please visit https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/radiation-exposure/cellular-phones.html