A horse… with a cell phone?

If an older horse (Billy has approx.30-35 years of age) lays down for more than 30 – 60 minutes, his blood flow slows down, his front legs swell up and – depending on the weather- he gets real cold and umidity creeps into his bones. Therefore even with help it is very difficult to get him back on his feet again.


So an application was invented by a friend and loaded to an android phone. As soon as Billy’s body changes his position from vertical to horizontal the phone alarm goes off and within 30 seconds an emergency number is dialed. (my number)

We have 2 phones (spent 60 euro each) and therefore have Billy under controll 24 hours a day. If he falls in a save spot and the weather is good he’ll have max. one hour to rest and then we’ll help him up. Yet – if he falls in a dangerous spot or position, we can come to his rescue right away.

Older horses are often authanised because they cannot get up after they layed down. With this application – Billy down – there is controll 24hrs a day !!!

Evelyne Zedan



Billy is an Arabian gelding born in 1985. He lived with several cows in a barn that didn’t even have hay on the floor (Billy slept on the cement!). He was always kept tethered on a short rope in order to limit his mobility. He was being fattened up for slaughter!

When he was rescued and brought to the Shelter Billy was very aggressive and trusted no-one but little by little he became the herd leader and even began to trust humans, so much so that he became the children’s favorite. However, eventually the damage caused by the hard years spent in the barn caught up with him. He developed serious hip problems and was no longer able to be ridden.

Now, several years later and after several bad falls Billy is enjoying a much deserved retirement at the Shelter and despite his bent and crooked appearance he’s retained his ever present air of intelligence.