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

Tick-Borne Disease: Tremendously Tricky

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

Researchers Study Equine Influenza Vaccination Schedules

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

Researchers Study Early Postpartum Breeding in Horses

Researchers evaluated the impact of postpartum breeding date on pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and foaling rates. Read More

Study: Barefoot Trimming Can Impact Hoof Conformation

A specific trimming technique increased the hoof's weight-bearing area and increased the heel angle. Read More

Back to Barefoot

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

Study: EHV-1 Not Linked to Headshaking

Researchers recently tested if idiopathic headshaking in horses could be similar to a condition in humans. Read More

Progesterone Delivery Device Evaluated in Broodmares

Researchers found an intravaginal progesterone-releasing device effective in inducing early estrus in mares. Read More

Horse Fencing: Is There a Best Choice?

Many fencing options are available, but there are no hard-and-fast rules as to which is the best choice. Read More

Long-term Clenbuterol Use in Horses Studied

While the drug initially reduced airway sensitivity, long-term use seems to result in reduced effectiveness. Read More

Rotational Grazing: Time it Right for Optimal Pastures

Rotational grazing allows horses to graze one section of pasture while other sections recover. Read More

Equine Reproductive Tract Bacteria Studied

One study showed bacteria on stallions' external genitalia do not appear to affect stallion or mare fertility. Read More

Equine Sarcoids Chromosomal Regions Identified

A team of researchers has successfully located chromosomal regions associated with equine sarcoids. Read More

Vaccination to Control Equine Influenza During an Outbreak

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

Single Layer Centrifugation Benefits in Horse Breeding

SLC can help breeders address problems associated with breeding both stallions and mares. Read More