Chad Mendell

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

Articles by: Chad Mendell

Study Compares Cost of Castration Methods

Even considering a higher rate of complications, castrations performed in the field are less expensive than sterile procedures performed in a hospital setting, according a United Kingdom study.


The study compared the intial cost and

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AAEP Hosts Wet Labs

The American Association of Equine Practitioners held its annual Equine Veterinary Wet Labs on Sept. 6-7. The labs, held for the first time at the Kentucky Horse Park, focused on dentistry, musculoskeletal ultrasound, lameness, and reproduction.

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Unwanted Horse Summit

Representatives from 20 equine-related organizations that make up the unwanted horse coalition met Sept. 21 at the American Veterinary Medical Association headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., to focus on the group’s mission and to create a long-ter

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Senate Passes Slaughter Funding Amendment

On Sept. 20, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan amendment (68-29) to the Agriculture Appropriations bill will eliminate federal funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors in slaughter houses for one fiscal year. Under the

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Slaughter Bill Heads to Senate for Approval

On Friday, Oct. 28, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by a vote of 318-63 an amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds for USDA horse meat inspections. That amendment was added to the $100-billion federal appropriations bill. If

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Vesicular Stomatitis Update

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) health officials confirmed six new cases of equine vesicular stomatitis (VS) in four western states (Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming) that are already under quarantine for the disease. The equine cases

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Managing 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, said Robert Hunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and Fairfield Bain DVM, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC. Th

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Animal ID Moves Forward

United States Department of Agriculture officials announced at the ID/INFO Expo 2005 that they are pursuing an industry-funded animal tracking database to trace the movement of animals in the event of a disease outbreak. The privatization of the

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Advanced Procedure For DDSP

A new surgical procedure known as the laryngeal tie-forward might provide a more reliable treatment for dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), the most common airway obstruction affecting performance horses. Current surgical procedures

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Four Horses Shot and Killed in Idaho

According to ABC news affiliate KIFI Local News 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, four horses were shot Friday (Oct. 14) in Fremont County, Idaho, after wandering onto a neighboring property. Three of the horses died instantly, and the fourth had to be

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Researchers Examine Racehorses’ DNA

Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Hatfield and Cambridge University in England, plan to extract DNA from the bones of three of history’s greatest Thoroughbred racehorses–Eclipse, Hermit, and St. Simon. Details of the

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Equine Influenza Virus Transmitted to Canines

Scientists Unsure if Horses Could be Re-infected


Researchers recently identified a highly contagious canine influenza virus strain that is thought to be an adaptation of an equine flu strain, which was transferred from

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Kentucky Considered for 2010 World Games

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

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EEE Confirmed in Michigan Horses and Deer

Four cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) were recently confirmed in two neighboring west Michigan counties, and another in the northeast corner of the Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The disease was also confirmed in three of seven

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Two Horses Shot in Oregon; One Dies

“It’s just the biggest heartbreak you can imagine,” said Doris Mataya, owner of Laddie, a 14-month-old registered Paint colt and his pregnant dam, Lady. The two horses were shot multiple times in Mataya’s pasture between midnight and 7 a.m. on

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