What is EquiPage?
Most expectant mares will lie completely prone before and during the
foaling process. EquiPage was designed to detect when the mare is
lying in the foaling position, and alert the breeder via a beeper or
telephone to help insure that someone is
in attendance during foal delivery.
does EquiPage work?
The EquiPage system is composed of a transmitter, a repeater,
a pocket pager, and an optional auto phone dialer. The
transmitter is placed in a small pouch, which is then attached to the
mares halter. When the mare lies in the foaling position, the
transmitter sends a signal to the repeater, which in turn sends a signal
to the pocket pager. The pocket pager then beeps to alert the
breeder to the fact that the mare is lying in the foaling position.
The optional auto phone dialer will automatically call
pre-programmed numbers and play a pre-recorded message, when the mare lies
in the foaling position.
The repeater is placed in an
indoor area, such as a barn. It is powered by an AC adapter that
plugs into a standard electrical outlet. The repeater uses 2
used to receive the signal from the transmitter attached to the horse.
The other antenna attaches to the repeater by a 15 foot coaxial cable, and
is used to transmit the signal to the pocket pager.
The transmitter is powered by a 9
volt battery. It is inserted into an adjustable pouch that is attached
to the rings on the sides of the mares halter, and it hangs under
the head just forward of the throatlatch area.
mare lies flat
out in the foaling position the
transmitter sends a signal to the repeater. The
sends a signal to the pocket pager. There is a built in delay of 8 - 10 seconds before the transmitter sends
the signal to the repeater to prevent false alarms in the event the
mare just lies down and gets up again. The mare (including
miniature horses) does not realize she has the transmitter on.
Our transmitter mounts on
the mare in the throatlatch area. Mounting it in this manner
prevents it from getting wet when the mare drinks and from getting hung
up on water buckets and feeders which can result in false alarms.
There is no
limit to the number of transmitters that can be used simultaneously with
The pocket pager is powered
by 2 AAA batteries. When the mare lies in the foaling position,
triggering an alarm signal, the pocket pager reacts with an
beeping sound and the LED light will blink. The pocket pager performs
an automatic battery condition check when on and in the
stand-by-mode. If the batteries are low, the pager will beep twice
every few minutes. There
is no limit to the number of pocket pagers that can be used with one
For those situations when you
cannot be within the normal operating range of the EquiPage system, we
offer the EquiPage auto telephone dialer. The dialer is an automatic
dialing device that transmits a pre-recorded message to 1 - 4 telephone
numbers. The dialer plugs into the back of the repeater, and is
activated when the repeater receives a signal from the transmitter on the
mare, indicating that she is lying in the foaling position.
repeater comes with the dialer connector installed, and you may purchase
the optional telephone dialer at any time, if desired.
connects to a standard phone jack. If you don't have a land line phone
jack, we offer our Wireless Terminal described below.
The Wireless Teminal
is a base station mobile phone. It enables connection
of landline devfices such as the EquiFone system, a
telephone handset, fax machines, etc. It transmits using the
mobile phone networks. Being completely wireless, the
Wireless Terminal is used in those sutiations where a land line is
not available. The
Wireless Terminal will operate world wide.
You must provide a SIM
card for it. You can purchase a "pay as you
go" SIM card from several vendors on-line or from your
cell phone provider.
distance for transmission from the transmitter on the mare, to the
repeater, is up to 500 feet. The distance for transmission from the
repeater to the pocket pager is up to 1 mile. Transmission strength
is enhanced by having a clear line of site.
EquiPage will work for any
size/type horse. The only difference between horse sizes is the
length of the straps that connect the transmitter pouch to the mares