Natalie DeFee Mendik, MA

Freelance journalist Natalie DeFee Mendik is a multiple American Horse Publications editorial and graphics awards winner specializing in equestrian media. She holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an International Federation of Journalists' International press card, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists. With over three decades of horse experience, Natalie’s main equine interests are dressage and vaulting. Having lived and ridden in England, Switzerland, and various parts of the United States, Natalie currently resides in Colorado with her husband and two girls.

Articles by Natalie DeFee Mendik

Hard to Stomach: Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Learn to read the vast and varied signs of equine gastric ulcer syndrome. Read More

Aloe Vera vs. Omeprazole for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment

While aloe vera appeared to have some benefits, researchers say omeprazole remains the treatment of choice. Read More

The Road to Recovery: Rehab for the Horse's Upper-Body

In the first of this two-part series, we'll explore full-body rehabilitation options, from the horse's head to tail. Read More

How Well Do Horse Owners Recognize Laminitis?

Owners did not recognize laminitis in 42 out of 93 cases; rather, they cited undefined lameness, hoof abscess, or colic. Read More

Collected, Medium, and Extended Trot Biomechanics Studied

Researchers focused on the effect of collected and lengthened paces in young and mature dressage horses. Read More

Back to Barefoot

Going barefoot can benefit hoof health, but consider management and physical needs before pulling shoes. Read More

From Sterilization to Stitches: Handling Horse Wounds

Veterinarians weigh in on the do's and don'ts of wound care, from discovery to recovery. Read More

Tick-Borne Disease: Tremendously Tricky in Horses

Learn the latest on diseases horses can get from ticks and why they continue to frustrate veterinarians and researchers. Read More

Late-Term Troubles

Learn about five complications veterinarians might encounter toward the end of a mare's gestation. Read More

Impact of Dosage and Diet on Omeprazole Efficacy

A brief period of fasting prior to omeprazole administration could help maximize drug absorption and, thus, efficacy. Read More

Vaccination to Control Equine Influenza During an Outbreak

Equine influenza vaccination strategies evaluated in one study reduced new flu infections on average by 60%. Read More

Researchers Study Equine Influenza Vaccination Schedules

Longer vaccination dosage intervals were more likely to leave gaps in horses' immunity than shorter ones. Read More

Winter Horse Pasture and Paddock Management

Protecting your horse's turnout now can help ensure green pastures later. Read More

Sycamore Maple Seed Toxicity in Horses Studied

Researchers identified a plausible link between equine atypical myopathy and sycamore maple seed ingestion. Read More

When Nature Meets Science: Breeding With Frozen Semen

What you need to know and expect when using this breeding method. Read More

Can Lavender, Tea Tree Oils Treat Chewing Lice in Donkeys?

Tea tree and lavender essential oils appear to be valuable aids in managing lice infestations, researchers found. Read More

Equine Diagnostic Imaging 101

Are CT, MRI, and X ray clear as mud? Learn about the appropriate uses for these imaging modalities and more. Read More

Lameness Assessments While Longeing Studied

Researchers found poor agreement among less experienced vets and moderate agreement between more experienced ones. Read More

Post-Thaw Semen Quality Tested

Non-sperm cells in fresh semen release an enzyme during freezing which could decrease thawed semen quality. Read More

Oral Joint Supplement Efficacy Tested in Senior Horses

Researchers found that an oral joint supplement did not improve stiff gaits in one senior horse population. Read More

Outcomes of Solar Surface Penetration Injuries Studied

Solar foot penetrations involving the joints can be career- and even life-threatening injuries. Read More

Hoof Kinematics in Mild Lameness Diagnoses

Researchers are using hoof kinematics to aid in the diagnosis of mild or subclinical lameness. Read More

Headshaking Supplement Efficacy Tested

Researchers found a feed supplement designed to combat headshaking provided little relief to affected horses. Read More

Endoscopic Evaluations in Exercising Thoroughbred Yearlings

Vets evaluated the potential application of dynamic endoscopy when examining Thoroughbred yearlings. Read More

Horse Gaitedness: It's in the Genes

Swedish researchers discovered that genetic makeup affects locomotion patterns in horses. Read More