Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Committee Chair(s)

Chris J. Winstead


Chris J. Winstead


Donald L. Cripps


Wei Ren


Colic is a very common symptom that effects many horses. Sometimes colic is an indicator of some very serous medical conditions that, if left untreated, could result in the death of the horse. A cast horse is a horse trapped in a prone position Cast horses are also at risk of serous injury or even death. The causes of these two conditions are so numerous that a horse's risk of being affected, while preventable, is significant. This illustrates a need for constant monitoring of high-risk, high-sentimnet, or high-cost horses.

The Equine Distress Monitor (EDM) system is non-evasive electronic long-term monitoring system that senses horse movements and analyzes them for indicators of colic and casting conditions. When colic or casting events are sensed, messages are sent through a mesh network to a base station computer where notification of the event can be sent to appropriate personnel. The EDM thesis project included the hardware and software development of mesh network devices and applications that accomplish the above mentioned monitoring and notification.


This work made publicly available electronically on May 11, 2012.