The Wyke of Shifnal, Equine Centre & Horse Riding, Shropshire

The Wyke of Shifnal
The Wyke
of Shifnal
Foaling Alarms
Equine Solaria
Heart Rate Monitors
Riding for the Disabled

Shropshire is located in Central England on the Welsh Border

Shropshire's centre of equine excellence

'An Aid To foaling '

Right, an expectant mare at Shade Oak Stud, in Shropshire, shown wearing
The Wyke
Foaling Alarm Transmitter
in a leather pouch on a breastplate. The sensor is mounted on one of the neck straps. It lies on the mare's neck and at the first sign of sweating, triggers a radio signal to the alarm receiver which may be placed in a convenient place to alert the groom that birth is imminent.

Pictured below is Miss Johanna Varden M.B.E. of the National Foaling Bank, U.K. demonstrating the correct fitting of the harness on the mare.

Foaling Alarm

Pictures, courtesy of David Hockenhull, of Shade Oak Stud, Shropshire, also of Miss Johanna Varden M.B.E. of the National Foaling Bank who have used the alarms supplied  and   manufactured by The Wyke of Shifnal over many years.

 THE WYKE OF SHIFNAL have supplied Sweat based alarms to all the major studs in the UK for over 15 years. We are the exclusive supplier of The German Wachtomat  sweat based alarm and we have manufactured our own alarm since 1997 in The UK. We now can supply this Alarm at a very competitive price. We are at the forefront of development of  foaling alarms and our experience is unparalleled in the UK.

The Foal alarm transmitter works off a small easily replaced 9 volt battery and its signal should carry about 500 metres in most circumstances. It contains a circuit that checks the state of its battery and if it becomes discharged it will alert the receiver and a warning light will indicate the problem. It also checks its own electronics and sensor every few seconds and will inform the receiver if there are any problems.

The Foal alarm receiver is supplied with a mains adapter for use where there is mains electricity, it may also be operated from a12 volt battery supply making it portable for use in vehicles etc. The onset of birth is indicated at the receiver by a light and a loud audible tone. Up to 4 transmitters may be used on this system and each one is identifiable by a separate light on the receiver's front panel. This is most useful when mares are kept out or in separate buildings. In the unlikely event that more than 4 mares are foaling at the same time your receiver unit can be adapted  to operate 6  transmitters but in all our years selling this equipment  we have found this unnecessary and have since updated the design.

Optional extras
A long range aerial may be used with the Foal Alarm receiver giving a range of 3 miles or more.

The receiver may be used to activate an auto dialler which will telephone you on up to 4 separate telephone numbers (Mobiles and pagers included).

The components of The Wyke Foaling alarm are CE approved and comply with UK Radio Regulatory legislation.  If purchasing from abroad you must check your local regulations.

A complete system includes:

  • 383  + VAT

Extra transmitter with harness  215  + VAT

Replacement Harness       40 + VAT

A repair service is available ~ we recommend you send in alarms out of season so that they are ready for when you need them most.


Our alarms may be hired at a cost of 21  + VAT per week, plus carriage Best book one early!

Please ask for our Conditions of Hire.

Some Testimonials from our customers.

'Thanks very much for all your help. Poppy had a striking coloured colt at 10pm on the 9th June. Thanks to the foal alarm the vet was there in time to pull him out as he'd got stuck. I also got far more sleep over the last 3 nights than I had for a week!'

Thanks again from Kath Poppy and Sam.

'Thanks for the alarm it arrived the next day. I wished I had bought one before as my wife and I were worn out sitting up every night and nearly falling asleep. We had one night's deep sleep then the following night the alarm woke us and we rushed out to see our beautiful colt foal. I really would recommend to anyone - It beats  sitting up all night!'

Regards, Richard.

Thank you for the alarm it was very successful. I used it in conjunction with CCTV. Please send me an extra transmitter.

Yours sincerely, Fiona

England were playing in the World cup against  Poland and were losing until Ian Wright scored a goal for England - at that very moment  my own mare Look Again, sired by  Look Twice, decided  to have her foal (obviously thinking we would be otherwise  occupied!) The alarm was activated at the very moment the goal was scored and  could be heard over the euphoria of the party we were having that night at The Wyke. We rushed out to see "Look Wright " being born. Leanne, my then 13 year old niece, wrote the following commemorative poem.

LOOK WRIGHT   ( by Leanne Phillips)

England's football team were losing
Tension started to mount
Suddenly the foaling alarm started
The foal was about to come out

We all rushed into the stable block
And to our surprise there it was
A small frail bundle with spindly legs
And a mother so proud of her foal

So back in the house to ring the vet
To ensure everything was alright
But who popped up but
 Ian Wright
To make his mark as well

We then settled down to think of a name
With talk of the goal that saved England's shame
A name was decided at the end of the night
The foal was to be called
'Look Wright'!

We have sold and serviced foaling alarms for many years now our service and knowledge in this field is unparalleled in the UK.

For more information please feel free to contact us. We can help.

Foaling  course  Sunday  4th April  2004   at  Twemlows  Hall ~ Shropshire  ~ for  all owners  of  mares  contemplating  breeding a foal

click here for  further details of  course

The Wyke Of Shifnal 
TF11 9PP
Tel. (44) 01952 460560
Fax. (44) 01952 462981
email: [email protected]

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The Wyke
Shifnal ~ Shropshire ~ TF11 9PP
Tel: 01952 460560  Fax: 01952 462981  E-mail: [email protected]