Chad Mendell

Chad Mendell is the former Managing Editor for .

Articles by Chad Mendell

House Subcommittee to Hear Horse Slaughter Amendment

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503) at 2 p.m. on July 25, according to the subcommittee's web site.

H.R. 503 is an Read More

Canadian Anthrax Outbreak Worst on Record

Saskatchewan, Canada, is experiencing its worst anthrax year on record. Animal health authorities have quarantined more than 28 premises in Saskatchewan for suspected anthrax contamination and have deemed 113 cattle deaths suspicious as of July Read More

Altitude Affects Anesthesia

High altitudes can affect an animal's blood pressure; it's the reason athletes must acclimate themselves to high altitude conditions long before they compete in them. University of California (UC), Davis, researchers were concerned that this Read More

Failure of Racehorses to Train and Race

It's commonly known that racehorses endure extreme physical and mental stresses preparing for a racing career, which can lead to injuries and illnesses. In a University of Cambridge study, researchers sought to quantify ailments endured by today's Read More

White Line Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

Good hoof hygiene and recognizing early signs of the disease are essential to controlling the problem. Read More

Congress Votes to Protect Wild Horses from Slaughter

Wild horses in the United States received a reprieve on May 19, when the House voted in favor of an amendment to prohibit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from selling wild horses and burros to commercial entities.

An amendment to th Read More

Alltech Announces $10 Million Title Sponsorship for 2010 WEG

Alltech, a Kentucky-based biotechnology company, announced its title sponsorship yesterday (June 19)for the 2010 FEI games to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. This marks the first time in FEI history that the World Equestrian Read More

CDC Study: More Than 100,000 Horse-Related Injuries per Year

The results of a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention study remind horse owners that they need to be careful when participating in horse-related activities.

Researchers involved with the study, Read More

Weather Extremes

A record hurricane season and drought conditions throughout the United States last year hammered home the message that horse owners need to be prepared for the effects of extreme weather conditions. The immediate effects of these conditions Read More

Olecranon Fracture Repair Has Good Prognosis

Olecranon (point of the elbow) fractures are common orthopedic problems in foals often attributable to being kicked while playing, rambunctious behavior, or falling over backward (which they are more apt to do than older horses).

In a joint Read More

Repeated Follicle Aspiration Doesn't Affect Fertility

Veterinarians are increasingly using repeated transvaginal ultrasound-guided follicle aspiration (TVUFA) to collect eggs from mares for research and clinical applications. Currently, the main use of TVUFA for client-owned mares is for oocyte Read More

Ford Raises $200,000 to Help Wild Horses

More than 26,000 wild horses and burros are currently housed in temporary Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding sites, and Ford Motor Company is offering $200,000 to eligible rescue groups to reduce that number.

In May 2005, Ford Read More

Tennessee Bill Would Allow Artificial Insemination Without Veterinary Supervision

A Tennessee bill, which was to reach Gov. Phil Bredesen's desk in late April, would consider artificial insemination (AI) a farm management practice, meaning the state would no longer require veterinary supervision in order to artificially Read More

Drought Forces Bureau of Land Management to Limit Births

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed the use of a non-hormonal contraceptive--porcine zona pellucida (PZP)--over the next five years to limit equine overpopulation of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. BLM officials say the range Read More

University of Minnesota Planning $14 million Equine Center

On May 10, the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), received the green light to build a proposed $14-million equine center. The complex, which will initially be financed by an internal loan from the university, will Read More

Pensacola Man Charged in Horse Shooting Case

The Escambia County Sheriff's Department arrested Craig M. Smith, 24, of Pensacola, Fla., in connection with the April 17 shootings in Beulah, Fla., which left Desmond Davis' five dogs dead, nine horses either dead or in need of being Read More

Run-In Shed Makeover

You've watched your horses hide in their run-in sheds from the harsh elements all winter. Now, they're finally ready to trade its protection for the sun's warm rays giving you the perfect opportunity to make a few improvements.

While safety Read More

Nightshade and Ivermectin: A Deadly Mixture

Editor's note: When researching the unknown illness story on this page, the following study on ivermectin's interaction with a noxious weed was discovered. Nightshade and other poisonous plants should be eliminated from pastures. Read More

Vaccine Helps Treat Pythiosis

The Horse recently discussed pythiosis in the aftermath of hurricanes. In 1994, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers teamed with scientists at Pan American Veterinary Laboratories (PAVL) to complete development of an Read More

Researchers Explain Short Shoeing Intervals

Farriers and veterinarians have said for years that shoeing intervals should be at most six to eight weeks, but why? Researchers from the Equine Performance Laboratory at Utrecht University (Netherlands) say it's because horses must compensate Read More

Risk Factors Associated with Renal Failure

In a recent study, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine researchers looked for patterns in horses referred to the hospital with renal (kidney) insufficiency in order to detect the disorder earlier. Renal insufficiency is often a Read More

Judge Dismisses Slaughter Suit

On March 14, a federal judge ruled in favor of the USDA to allow fee-for-service inspections at horsemeat processing plants despite efforts of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups to prevent the inspections Read More

Kaufman Residents Slam the Door on Horsemeat

On March 3, the Kaufman, Texas, zoning board unanimously voted to close Dallas Crown Inc., one of three horsemeat processing plants in the United States. The board ordered the Kaufman-based plant to close its doors by Sept. 30, citing public Read More

Four Horses Dead, One Ill; Dewormer Questioned

Four horses on a South Texas farm died from unknown causes in February; one horse is recovering. The horses' owner suspects the problems might have been caused by a dewormer; she has necropsy and other test results, but she has not released them Read More

10 Horses, Five Dogs Shot Near Pensacola

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An April 17 shooting on a Florida farm left seven horses dead Read More