Natalie DeFee Mendik, MA

Freelance journalist Natalie DeFee Mendik is a multiple American Horse Publications editorial and graphics awards winner specializing in equestrian media. She holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an International Federation of Journalists' International press card, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists. With over three decades of horse experience, Natalie’s main equine interests are dressage and vaulting. Having lived and ridden in England, Switzerland, and various parts of the United States, Natalie currently resides in Colorado with her husband and two girls.

Articles by: Natalie DeFee Mendik, MA

Sweet Itch: Itching for a Cure

There’s nothing appealing about this seasonal skin condition. Here’s what experts know about managing, treating, and preventing sweet itch in horses.

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Sweet Itch: Itching for a Cure

There’s nothing appealing about this seasonal skin condition. Here’s what experts know about managing, treating, and preventing sweet itch in horses.

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When the Heart of a Champion Gives Out

Practical Electrolyte Use in Horses

Electrolytes play an important role in hydration and cellular function in horses. Learn more about electrolytes, when you might need to supplement them, and what research has shown about how they affect performance horses.

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EHV-1: Then and Now

Over the past few decades veterinarians and researchers have investigated major EHV-1 outbreaks in the U.S. to learn more about how to contain and prevent future occurrences.

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Low-Stress Horse Husbandry

From reinforcing behaviors to reading facial expressions, adopting welfare-friendly handling practices can improve equine well-being and human safety.

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The Lesson Horse Lifestyle

A good lesson horse is a valuable member of any riding program. Our sources share tips on keeping these trusty steeds happy and healthy.

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