Christina S. Cable, DVM, Dipl. ACVS

Christina S. Cable, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, owns Early Winter Equine in Lansing, New York. The practice focuses on primary care of mares and foals and performance horse problems.

Articles by: Christina S. Cable, DVM, Dipl. ACVS

Which Trees are Toxic?

It’s hard to imagine that a natural part of our environment could possibly be harmful to our horses. However, many plants are not only poisonous, but potentially deadly to horses. Many plants and trees have strong medicinal qualities; early

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Foal Rejection

To understand why foal rejection occurs and how to prevent it, you must first realize what is normal post-foaling maternal behavior.

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Preparing for Foaling

This article will describe procedures that should be done before foaling, the events that take place just prior to foaling, what events take place during a normal foaling–along with the normal post-foaling events–and will describe some of

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Puncture Wounds in the Foot

Within this subject, it is also a good time to discuss simple foot abscesses, as they are a common–and often the best possible–outcome for a puncture wound to the foot. Generally before infection can take hold, the puncture must penetrate the dead

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Lives In The Balance–Botulism

Botulism, an often-deadly disease in foals, can be prevented easily and inexpensively with proper management. Botulism is a familiar term to most of us as a disease that humans get from eating improperly preserved food. In horses, botulism cause

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Castration In The Horse

In this article, we’ll see how an orchidectomy is performed in the horse, when it can be performed, potential complications, and the myths behind castration in horses.

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Septic Arthritis: Joint Savings

However, the most common cause of lameness that veterinarians see in neonatal foals is caused by septic arthritis, not careless mares. Septic arthritis also can be seen in older foals and adult horses, but the cause usually is quite different from th

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Ovarian Tumors

Whether you operate a breeding operation or have a mare as a riding or competition mount, there are certain problems that you might face just because your horse is female. One of those problems is the ovarian tumor. Tumors can cause estrous

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Neonatal Isoerythrolysis–The Silent Stalker

Neonatal isoerythrolysis is a silent stalker of foals. At birth, the foal is normal. In some cases, the foal shows subtle signs as an internal enemy attacks and the disease progresses to a point of no return; in others, it takes only hours for

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Conformation in Horses

Conformation…what does it mean? If you’ve spent any time around horses or horse people, you’ve heard this word or related words used again and again. "Wow, that horse has great conformation!" or "My trainer said not t

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Headshaking in Horses

Your favorite horse is tacked up and ready for your daily ride. You mount up, and as soon as you begin warming up in your outdoor ring, he starts tossing his head and sneezing. The sneezing eventually stops, but every time you

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Proud Flesh

Q: My horse had a cut on his lower cannon bone and my vet gave me instructions on how to wrap it to prevent proud flesh. What is proud flesh, and can it really become a problem, or is he being overly cautious?

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