The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) estimates that 1 in 10 horses will experience an episode of colic this year. This means more than 720,000 cases of colic are expected annually in the US and ~5.8 million cases worldwide. Sadly, colic-related problems result in over 120,000 deaths and $360,000,000 in annual losses, making it the leading natural cause of death in horses second to only old age. Fortunately, most horses experiencing a colic event respond to medical treatment, although when surgical intervention is required any delay in surgery greatly decreases their chances of survival.

Colic is described as generalized pain of the abdomen and can be the result of a variety of organ systems causing pain or discomfort. While 1 in 10 horses are expected to colic this year, the approximate 2.8 million performance horses in the US (ie, race and show horses) are over-represented in this statistic because their unavoidable lifestyle requirements put them at increased risk. Frequent travel, lack of turnout, feeding of a high-concentrate diet; the life of a performance horse is associated with a statistically significantly increased risk of colic. Behavioral habits/vices, such as cribbing or windsucking and weaving, also significantly increases the risk of colic, as does recent foaling, and especially previous colic or abdominal surgery. To most horsemen/women, dealing with colic is an unavoidable part of caring for horses, and identifying/treating early is critical. So how can we identify this overnight while they are alone and unsupervised? The NIGHTWATCH® smart halter™ can help.

The NIGHTWATCH® smart halter™ acts as an early-warning system for colic and other forms of distress. This sophisticated technology works by learning your horse’s “normal” and then looks for deviation in their normal HR, RR, and activity that correlates with possible pain or distress so you can be alerted and get to them sooner. Finally, a new age solution, for an age-old problem.

“The NIGHTWATCH® smart halter™ has the potential to save equine lives, and we’re so happy to be able to introduce this technology to our members.”

- Bill Moroney (CEO, US Equestrian) -

Discount Code: USEF10

This all-natural leather breakaway halter is made from 1" premium appointment-quality, triple-stitched, Havana brown bridle leather with 18/8 stainless steel hardware, including a double-buckle crown and snap throatlatch with rolled leather. Made for both safety and comfort, the smart halter™ is embedded with ~2.7 ounces of technology to monitor real-time data on your horse's biometrics (heart rate and respiration) and behavior (activity level); alerts you via text, call, and email; works across 2.4 GHz WiFi networks; offers GPS/geolocation; and leverages artificial intelligence/machine learning to adapt to your horse over time for maximum precision and benefit.

Insight on Demand

Access real-time and historical information anytime and anywhere from the NIGHTWATCH® App

We are pleased to offer a 10% discount to qualified members of US Equestrian with their purchase of a smart halter™.

Discount Code: USEF10