Chad Mendell

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

Articles by: Chad Mendell

Illinois Horse Slaughter Bill Introduced

An Illinois State Representative introduced a bill on Feb. 22 that would prohibit the transportation of horses in the state for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption.

State Rep. Robert Molaro (D-Chicago), who sponsored the bill

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Transfixation Pin Cast Recovery: Timelines Set

Researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) set time guidelines for the use of transfixation pin casts for horses with comminuted phalangeal fractures. They found that horses with fractures maintained in this type of cast for 40-80 days had increa

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Horse Slaughter Bills Introduced in House, Senate

Legislators introduced horse slaughter prevention bills simultaneously today (Jan. 17) in both the House and Senate in an effort to increase public awareness. Last year the bill was passed in the House with a 263 to 146 vote, but the Senate

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Senate Unable to Vote on Slaughter Ban

Horse slaughter opponents will have to start from scratch next Congressional session despite last-minute efforts asking for a Senate vote on the issue. The 109th Congressional session adjourned for the holidays on Dec. 8 without taking action on

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Seasonal Tying-Up: Toxins or Deficiency?

In Minnesota, cases of pasture myopathy (muslce disease caused by pasture) associated with severe non-exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis (also know as tying-up) are often attributed to the toxins found in white snakeroot. However, researchers at th

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Air Pillow Aids Anesthesia Recovery

In a recent study, researchers at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine found that a rapidly inflating/deflating air pillow significantly increased the time a horse rested following anesthesia, which could reduce anesthesia

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Oral HA Reduces Post-Surgical Hock OCD Swelling

Both intra-articular (in the joint) and intravenous (in the vein) injections of hyaluronan (HA) have been proven effective in treating joint diseases, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions, over the years. However, a relative newcomer

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Beyond House Calls

If you have been at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, this week, you’ve seen them there. If not, you’ll have about 30 more chances to meet the Equine Sports Medicine veterinary team members within the next year.

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Veterinarians Use MRI to Diagnose Navicular Injury

Magnetic resonance imaging was important in making an accurate diagnosis and yielded evidence that navicular bone injury, even in the absence of radiographic evidence of a fracture, should be considered as a differential diagnosis for horses

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Five Reasons Veterinarians Should Consider Behavior

Whether a horse’s bizarre behavior is an indicator of a medical condition, vice versa, or he’s just behaving badly, a veterinarian should consider a patient’s behavior examining him, according to an article published in the September issue of th

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Upper Respiratory Obstructions

United Kingdom researchers found that dorsal displacement of the soft palate and palatal instability were to blame for poor performance in 78.5% of the horses examined in a recent treadmill study of Thoroughbred racehorses. They also found that

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Bigger Horses, Greater Post-Op Risks

Draft horses weighing more than 1,500 pounds are at greater risk of postoperative complications due to anesthesia than lighter draft horses, according to a Purdue University study.


“Heavy draft horses had significantly more postoperativ

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Truck Companies Pulling for Safety

Trailers decked out with lavish living quarters that would put some houses to shame are becoming increasingly popular in the competition and pleasure horse industries. However, these massive trailers can weigh in excess of 10,000 pounds (i.e.,

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