NIGHTWATCH® Smart Halter™ Gives Back in Honor of Equine Colic Awareness Month

Protequus® takes an unprecedented stance against equine colic by giving back this June in honor of Equine Colic Awareness Month. Starting on June 1st and running through June 15th, Protequus® is offering 1-year of FREE monitoring (a $359.99 value) with every NIGHTWATCH® smart halter purchase. “We are humbled by the outpouring of support from the equine community since we launched NIGHTWATCH®, and so it’s only right to give back and create an opportunity for more horses to have access to this remarkable technology,” says Jeffrey R. Schab, Founder & CEO of Protequus®.

Colic is the leading natural cause of death in horses that claims the lives of ~50,000 horses each year in the US alone. However, what if they didn’t have to? What if caretakers could be alerted at the early signs of a problem so they could intervene sooner? These were the questions at the forefront of Jeffrey’s mind in 2013 after the personal and tragic loss of one of his horses (“Snoop”) overnight to colic. Snoop was only 8 years young and died alone in his stall because no one knew he was in trouble. Driven by an overwhelming sense of frustration, Jeffrey spent the next 5+ years creating an early-warning system for equine colic that we know today as NIGHTWATCH®, which is offered exclusively by Protequus®.

NIGHTWATCH® is a safe and comfortable breakaway halter with embedded technology that alerts you via text, voice, and email to early signs of a problem in your horse so you can sleep easier and intervene sooner. Each smart halter is handcrafted from 1-inch, all-natural leather with just ~2.1 oz of sensors, batteries, and other electronics in the crown designed to look for deviation in your horse’s physiology that correlates with pain and distress.

NIGHTWATCH® ( has the potential to save your horse’s life by alerting you via text, voice, and email to the early signs of equine distress so you can intervene sooner. This patented technology monitors real-time data on your horse’s vital signs and behaviors, works across 3G/cellular and WiFi networks, offers GPS tracking, and leverages AI/machine learning to adapt to your horse over time for maximum precision and benefit. Access to real-time insight and historical information, including your horse's EDI® (equine distress index®) score, is available on-demand 24/7 from any smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Jeffrey shares a bit of his longer-term vision by stating “The advent of NIGHTWATCH® not only has the potential to save the lives of many horses, but also transform the equine industry through data science and predictive analytics for health and performance outcomes.”

About Protequus®
Protequus® ( is an emerging biomedical engineering and data science firm in Austin, TX dedicated to equine health & safety. Founded in 2013 after the sudden loss of one of his horses to colic, Jeffrey R. Schab—an accomplished equestrian and biomedical engineer—assembled a team of passionate science & technology professionals to combat the devastating $700 million/year impact of colic. Today, Protequus is on the fast track to success, as reported in Forbes, with the introduction of their early-warning system for equine colic, NIGHTWATCH®.

Contact: Jeffrey R. Schab, 800-757-3856 or


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