Chad Mendell

Chad Mendell is the former Managing Editor for .

Articles by: Chad Mendell

Fractured Ribs in Foals

Surgically repairing or stabilizing fractured ribs in a newborn foal can reduce the risk of further complications such as puncturing a vital organ, say Robert Hunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and Fairfield Bain, DVM, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC. Th

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Hoof Trimming and Leg Stress: One Step at a Time

As a rule of thumb, we know that our horses should be trimmed (and shod if necessary) at least every six to eight weeks. But where did those numbers come from? Van Heel recently studied how a hoof changes between trims, and she found that neglecting

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Przewalski’s Horses Return from Brink of Extinction

Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) recently recommended that the World Conservation Union (IUNC) upgrade the status of the wild Asian Przewalski’s (pronounced zeh-val-skee) horses from “extinct” to “endangered” after their

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EEE in Michigan Horses and Deer

Four cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) were recently confirmed in horses in two neighboring Michigan counties (three in Kent County in September, one in Montcalm County in October). The disease was also confirmed in seven free-ranging

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Fires Force Horse Evacuations

Smoke rising from wildfires in Los Angeles County, Calif., provided an uneasy backdrop for rescue teams tending to animal evacuees housed at Pierce College, located just eight miles from the fires. The college housed up to 225 horses along with

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Kentucky Considered for 2010 World Equestrian Games

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., is one of three locations being considered to host the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG). The F?d?ration Equestre Internationale (FEI, the governing body for international equestrian sport) will announc

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Alliance Works to Control Wild Horse Fertility

A non-hormonal contraceptive, porcine zona pellucida (PZP), has given birth to an alliance between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The two organizations agreed to work together on using thi

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Two VS Positive States Remain

The number of new vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases reported in the United States continued to decline during the Dec. 5-11 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service VS reporting period. One new equine VS-positive premises was identified in

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Horse Slaughter: A Nuisance to One Texas Community

On Nov. 29, the Kaufman, Texas Board of Adjustments moved a step closer to closing Dallas Crown Inc., one of two horse meat processing plants in Texas, on the basis that many residents consider it a nuisance to the community. The board voted 4 t

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Joint Injury Prevention in Foals

Developmental and traumatic joint injuries are a significant problem in Thoroughbred foals. These injuries, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and fetlock joint lesions, often require costly medical treatment or surgical repair.

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President Signs Horse Slaughter Amendment

On Thursday, Nov. 10, President Bush signed the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations bill containing an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds to inspect horse meat. The amendment includes a 120-day phase-in period that allows slaughter

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New Contracts Hurt BLM Sales

More than 400 wild horses are looking for new homes after buyers baulked at the new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contracts that imposed criminal penalties for selling animals to slaughter, according to an article in the Las Vegas

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Picking Up the Pieces at Ellis

No call at 2 a.m. is good. Rodney Leibring, DVM, received one of those calls on Nov. 6. Leibring, a Thoroughbred racetrack practitioner, was asked by the male caller if he was at Ellis Park yet. Leibring, confused because he wasn’t expected ther

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Electroacupuncture Alleviates Chronic Back Pain

University of Florida (UF) researchers have reported success with using electroacupuncture to alleviate chronic back pain in horses. The study was published in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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