Wearable device lets horses communicate with people

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By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

New wearable technology for horses will let them email their owner or a veterinarian if they’re not well.

Similar to the wrist bands or gym fitness straps that people use, the SeeHorse wearable collects a horse’s vital signs and sends that information to a smart phone or other device, alerting owners, veterinarians or others when something is not quite right.

“This wearable gives a horse a tool to connect with humans like never before,” says Peter Mankowski, SeeHorse co-founder and CEO. “Horses are incredibly intelligent and majestic, but also fragile. They would like to tell us when they’re not feeling well, recovering from injury or simply missing our companionship, and SeeHorse lets them do that.”

SeeHorse tracks a horse’s temperature, pulse, and respiratory (TPR) functions and builds in-depth daily and long term reports and analysis of the animal’s activity. This helps owners and others working with horses keep a close eye on their health and fitness levels, as well as managing conditioning and preparation for competitions.

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The wearable device lets you track horse health on a smart device.

“We saw a horse’s temperature spike and then drop unexpectedly and it took only seconds to notify the owner, the veterinarian and others about the event. Thankfully, it was not an emergency but simply the case of horse having early pregnancy signs,” he explains.

In addition to being what Mankowski calls a 24/7 “coach-veterinary tool”, the waterproof device that can be used almost anywhere on a horse with special straps or bands will recharge its own battery through the horse’s movements.

SeeHorse - upclose of a horse wearing a device - web“A moving horse is a natural source of clean energy and we’ve designed the SeeHorse unit to be clever enough to take advantage of that,” he says, adding this gives SeeHorse a zero pollution footprint.

SeeHorse is compatible with veterinary software and can be wirelessly linked to social media platforms so horses with their own Facebook profiles or Twitter handles can share their equine adventures online.

It was co-founder Jessica Roberts, an avid rider and horse lover, who convinced former BlackBerry research and development lead Mankowski to channel his love of animal science and technology into developing a device that could help horse owners do a better job to taking care of their animals and preparing them for important events.

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SeeHorse co-founder Jessica Roberts

And it was executives at Waterloo Region’s Communitech Hub that convinced him to keep his start-up in the area; the industry-led innovation centre provides office space, resources and mentorship, coaching and industry contacts to emerging tech companies.

SeeHorse has also received support from other sources, including the Ontario Equestrian Federation, the Accelerator Centre JumpStart program funded by FedDev Ontario, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and the Stronach Group.

The SeeHorse wearable is currently available online at seehorse.ca, with the goal of being in full scale commercial production within 12 months. Longer term, Mankowski says he’s promised Roberts to help sponsor equestrian events throughout Canada as a way of giving back to the equine community.

He has ideas for other agricultural devices too, such as for the dairy and beef industries, but for the time being, his focus is on successfully launching SeeHorse into the marketplace. Follow SeeHorse on Twitter at @SeeHorseCA.

10 thoughts on “Wearable device lets horses communicate with people

  1. Mark Weiler

    I am President of Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
    This product has wide use to our customer base.
    Please share more information.
    Phone 970-731-9475

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    1. AgInnovation Ontario Post author

      Good morning Mark – I have passed your request on to Peter from SeeHorse for response. Thanks for your interest and thanks for reading. If you don’t hear back, let me know and I will follow up. Regards,
      Lilian

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    1. AgInnovation Ontario Post author

      Hi Vicky – you can find more details, including cost, at http://seehorse.ca/. According to current details on the site, they start at $149 CDN.
      Regards, Lilian

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  3. Cathi Cline

    Can the unit be attached by a neck strap for 24 hour a day monitoring in a boarding situation ?

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    1. AgInnovation Ontario Post author

      Hi Cathy – I’ve passed your message on to Peter for response. Thanks for reading! Lilian

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    2. AgInnovation Ontario Post author

      Yes, SeeHorse could also be used with a longer strap and be mounted on
      the neck for a 24/7 continuous monitoring. Note: we are supplying the strap in the box already.

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    1. AgInnovation Ontario Post author

      Hi Fred – all of the data collected by the device can be seen and stored through an app on your phone or smart device.

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