Chad Mendell

Chad Mendell is the former Managing Editor for TheHorse.com .

Articles by Chad Mendell

Understanding Rain Rot

Practicing good hygiene and reducing environmental risk factors can help keep a horse from getting rain rot. Read More

Understanding Scratches

Horses in excessively wet or muddy environments are at greater risk of getting scratches. Read More

Thwarting Thrush

Thrush can cause serious and sometimes permanent lameness if not treated promptly and properly. Read More

A Better Weigh

Learn how to use the body condition score system to classify horses' body conditions. Read More

Vital Signs of Life

Temperature, pulse, and respiration are three vital signs to know how to check if you own or ride horses. Read More

NYRA Adopts Anti-Slaughter Policy

The New York Racing Association has a new anti-slaughter policy, which states that any horse owner or trainer stabled at a NYRA track found to have directly or indirectly sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked. Read More

California Reports Fewer Racing Fatalities During 2008 Season

According to the California Horse Racing Board’s (CHRB) annual report, there were 10 fewer racing fatalities during the 2008 racing season than the previous year. Read More

Officials Remove Six Horses from a Chicago Carriage Company

Acting on a complaint, Chicago Animal Care and Control investigators removed six horses belonging to J.C. Cutters Horse Drawn Carriages, according to an article in the Chicago Read More

Horse Killed by Kindness in the United Kingdom

An 18-year-old Arabian stallion was thought to be killed by the kindness of strangers. According to the U.K. newspaper Daily Express, the stallion, which was purchased for £10,000 (or Read More

Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis Cases Reported In Mississippi

This week the Mississippi State Department of Health reported three new cases of Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne virus, bringing the state's total Read More

Complementary Medicine: Adding Weapons to the Veterinary Arsenal

As the human population turns more to nontraditional modalities such as acupuncture and chiropractic, it's only natural for the trend to carry over into equine medicine. Ed Boldt, DVM, owner of Performance Horse Complementary Medicine Services i Read More

Researching Complementary Therapies

Complementary medicine is based primarily on preventing the disease, disorder, or other ailment before it happens, with less emphasis treating it after. This is a bit of a contrast to what Westerners think of as traditional medicine. Read More

Healthy Horses: Endocrine System Function and Flaws

Horses suffer from few endocrine disorders compared to humans and companion animals; however, they're not totally off the hook, explained Emily Graves, VMD, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of Michigan State University, to horse owners in attendance at the Read More

Healing Hoof Abscesses


Hoof abscesses are a major cause of acute lameness, but early detection can mean a quick recovery
One day your horse is perfectly sound, the next he's acting as if he's got a nail in his Read More

Oral Joint Supplements: Do They Work?

Low bioavailability of oral glucosamine, poor product quality, low recommended doses, and a lack of scientific evidence showing efficacy of popular oral joint supplements are major concerns. Read More

Influenza Canarypox Vaccine Reduces Clinical Signs and Shedding

Researchers found that clinical signs of influenza and virus shedding were significantly reduced in horses vaccinated with a recombinant canarypox-vectored influenza vaccine and experimentally exposed to influenza compared to unvaccinated horses Read More

Respiratory Viruses Detected at Shows, Sales

In a survey of horses arriving at several different show and sale facilities, researchers found that as many as 4% of the population were shedding equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) from nasal passages, and as many as 2% were shedding equine Read More

Are Mares a Source of R. Equi For Their Foals?

A study of one Lexington, Ky., Thoroughbred farm showed that on average, 30% of the farm's foals developed Rhodococcus equi pneumonia during the 2004 and 2005 foaling seasons. Researchers searching for a source of the disease questioned i Read More

Shock Wave Effects On Nerve, Vascular Tissue

Some human and other mammalian studies have shown that extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has adverse effects on vascular and nerve tissues, but this might not hold true for these structures in the horse. There have been some studies on Read More

In-House ELISA Test For Borrelia burgdorferi

Current tests for Borrelia burgdorferi, a tick-borne spirochete (a spiral-shaped bacterium) that causes Lyme disease in people, horses, dogs, cats, and cows, often take several days to complete and can sometimes lack definitive answers fo Read More

AAEP 2006: Western Performance Horse Forum

The Western performance horse industry is growing at an astonishing rate, and along with that growth, there are unique health issues that need to be addressed. For that reason, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held a forum Read More

Flu: Interspecies Transmission

In 2004 researchers identified a highly contagious canine influenza virus strain (H3N8) that was closely related to an equine flu strain. Essentially that meant the virus had jumped from horses to dogs, and the scientists said it was "a very rar Read More

Gallium to Control R. equi Foal Pneumonia

In order to survive, R. equi requires iron from the foal's body to replicate and survive. Researchers at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine recently examined the use of a semi-metal (gallium) that mimics iron as a Read More

Corneal Infection Treatment

Silver sulfadiazine (a topical drug frequently used to treat burns) could be an effective treatment against common corneal fungal infections, according to researchers at Purdue University.

Fungal keratitis is a serious, painful corneal Read More

Researchers Test WNV Vaccines

In a recent study, University of Florida researchers evaluated the effectiveness of three commercially available equine West Nile virus (WNV) vaccines. While all vaccinated horses, irrespective of the vaccine administered, did not develop viremi Read More