Chad Mendell

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

Articles by Chad Mendell

Drought Forces BLM 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 Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. BLM authorities say the range has Read More

WNV Treatment Trial Begins

GenoMed, a medical genomics company, is seeking horses to participate in a free trial to test a medical protocol for treating West Nile virus (WNV). David W. Moskowitz, MD, MA, FACP, chairman, CEO, and chief medical officer for GenoMed, said the Read More

Tennessee Bill Would Allow AI Without Veterinarian Supervision

A Tennessee bill, which should land on Gov. Phil Bredesen's desk later this month, would consider artificial insemination a farm management practice, meaning that the state would no longer require veterinary supervision in order to artificially 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 the Ford Motor Company is offering $200,000 to eligible rescue groups to reduce that number.

In May 2005, Ford Read More

Kentucky Rescinds Maryland EHV Restrictions

On March 31, one week before Keeneland's spring race meet is set to begin, State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, lifted restrictions for all Maryland horses entering Kentucky racetracks based on information provided by the Maryland Department of Read More

Varying Glucosamine Levels in Products

A Canadian study evaluating oral equine glucosamine supplements found glucosamine levels didn't always meet product label claims. Additionally, based on dosing recommendations and actual glucosamine content, the recommended maintenance dosage (1 Read More

Drug Resistance from Daily Dewormers

Are daily dewormers contributing to the development of drug-resistant parasites? A study from the North Carolina State University (NCSU) suggests they might be. The study used fecal worm egg count reduction tests (FWECRT) to evaluate small Read More

Pasture Pests Pose Problems

Our farms usually fall into one of two pasture pest categories: Currently overrun, or about to be. Tunneling pasture pests can create serious hazards that can injure horses and ruin your fields. In a recent TheHorse.com poll, 65% of the 518 who Read More

HSUS Requests Injunction to Halt Horsemeat Inspections

On Feb. 14, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other groups filed suit against the USDA to prevent equine slaughterhouses from using fee-for-service inspections of horsemeat. On Feb. 22, the groups filed for an injunction to Read More

Final Kentucky Track Quarantine Ends

Equine herpesvirus quarantines at two Kentucky Thoroughbred facilities have been released, ending the recent outbreak of the neurologic disease. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, lifted the quarantine at Turfway Park in Florence on Read More

Judge Dismisses Suit, Horse Slaughter Fee-for-Service Plan Implemented

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

Fee-For-Service Plan Implemented

The nation's three horsemeat-processing plants began paying USDA employees on March 10 to conduct pre-slaughter inspections of horses. The highly debated fee-for-service program allows the plants to continue processing despite the 2006 Read More

Four Horses Dead, One Ill; Owner Questions Dewormer

Four horses outside of Hebbronville, Texas, died after they showed clinical signs of an unknown illness in February; one horse is recovering. The horses' owner suspects the animals' problems might have been caused by a dewormer, and she is Read More

Oh, Horse Manure!

If you have horses, you have manure. Dealing with the waste can be burdensome and sometimes costly for farm owners, not to mention some waste management methods are harmful to the environment. If you're looking for a way to improve your current Read More

Selenium: A Balancing Act

Selenium in a horse's diet is a balancing act--the horse has to have a small amount, and too much is fatal. Read More

USDA Considers Inspection Alternative

Horsemeat processing plants in Texas and Illinois have petitioned the USDA to allow plants to pay inspectors' salaries on a per-service basis, according to Steven Cohen, a USDA spokesperson. The Nov. 23, 2005, petition was in response to the Read More

Wild Horse Shot in Outer Banks

Investigators are searching for information on the shooting death of a pregnant wild horse found Dec. 27, 2005, on the Outer Banks of Currituck County, N.C. A resident found the 2-year-old shot in the stomach, said the Currituck County Sheriff's Read More

Groups File Injunction to Halt Horsemeat Inspections

On Feb. 22, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with several other groups filed for an injunction to prevent the inspections of horsemeat (scheduled to start March 10) until a pending lawsuit prohibiting the fee-for-service Read More

Wisconsin Barn Quarantined; One Neurologic EHV-1 Case Confirmed

The Hoofer Equestrian Center (HEC) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, voluntarily quarantined its lower barn on Feb. 8, after two horses housed at the facility showed neurologic signs of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). Both horses were Read More

New Treatment for Osteoarthritis (AAEP Convention 2005)

Horses treated with ACS were observed to have significantly improved lameness in osteoarthritis joints at the end of the study weeks after the last treatment compared with placebo-treated horses. Read More

AAEP Convention 2005: Inflammation and Pregnancy Rates

Before heading to a breeding shed in Central Kentucky, most farms require all mares to have a clean uterine culture to look for bacteria. According to Thomas Riddle, DVM, a founder of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, uterine Read More

AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Teeth

"A plain old float just isn't good enough anymore," explained Mary DeLorey, DVM, owner of Northwest Equine Dentistry in Washington, during the 51st Annual AAEP Convention, in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 3-7, 2005. A demand for more comprehensive dental Read More

AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Unwanted Horse

What is an unwanted horse? An unwanted horse is a horse within the domestic equine population that is deemed by its owner to no longer be useful or needed, said Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, during the Horseman's Day session at the 51st annual Read More

AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Wound Management

The first sight of blood can prompt a frantic call to the veterinarian, but a second examination of the wound with a cool head might prove it to be less of an emergency. To help horse owners distinguish between emergencies and a wound that Read More