Christina S. Cable, DVM, Dipl. ACVS

Christina S. Cable, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, currently co-owns Early Winter Equine in Lansing, N.Y., with her husband Michael A Ball, DVM. The practice focuses on primary care of mares and foals and performance horse problems.

Articles by Christina Cable

Colostrum For Foals

To a newborn foal, colostrum can mean the difference between life and death. Read More

Taking Vital Signs

Every horse owner or caretaker should know how to take a horse's temperature, pulse, and respiration. Read More

Body Heat and Thermal-Neutral Temperature

What is a thermal-neutral temperature? Read More

Anthrax: Clarifying the Cloudy

For most Americans, anthrax was a little-known entity until four years ago, when the disease gained worldwide attention with the bioterrorism infection of 22 U.S. postal workers. Some people thought at the time that anthrax was caused by a newly Read More

Lyme Disease Update

Lyme disease is a problem more commonly thought to occur in our canine and human friends than horses. However, occur it does, and it can have a wide range of signs and symptoms. This disease is a perplexing and confusing one to diagnose and trea Read More

Growing Pains--Physitis

Learn about this disease in young horses that leads to enlarged, painful areas just above the knees or hocks. Read More

Closing the Door to Problems

One of the most frequent terms you will hear used by veterinarians during breeding season is Caslick's. This mare needs one, or this mare is due to foal in 16 days and her Caslick's needs to be opened. If you are not familiar with broodmares, or Read More

Referring a Horse

Referral centers are those clinics or hospitals that offer diagnostic and therapeutic options not readily available or possible in a field (barn) type situation. These can include diagnostic modalities such as endoscopy with or without a Read More

Feeding Orphan Foals

Orphan--the name itself evokes sadness and sympathy. A baby without a mother, in this case a foal. Whether it occurs through the death of the mare, or just that the mare cannot produce milk or will not take care of her foal, it all leads to one Read More

Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate: Winning With Air

Horses with dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) characteristically make a "choking" noise as they slow down from the resulting partial airway obstruction, hence the term "choking down" to describe them. Read More

Roaring Down the Stretch

Most people who have been around horses long enough have heard a few make abnormal respiratory noises while exercising. These horses usually draw attention to themselves by the sheer volume of noise they create as they go around the show jumping Read More

Foal Temperature Regulation

Q: I recently clipped my 1-week-old Norwegian Fjord colt as he was having a hard time with the 95-97-degree heat here in Florida. We at first thought he was really sick with a fever, but after ruling out everything else we (me, Read More

Pregnant Mares and Supplements

Eleven months is a very long time to wait for a foal. I know from personal experience that the further along the mare is, the more your hopes and dreams for your "perfect foal" grow. It doesn't matter if the foal is bred to gallop to the wire or Read More

Embryo Transfer Technique

Advanced reproductive technologies that can be used in horses are expanding every year. Geography is no longer a limiting factor in choosing a mate for your mare, as fresh cooled semen can be shipped across North America with ease. Frozen semen also Read More

Vet's Role in Parasite Control

Internal parasites can be a very serious problem for horses. Even though most owners are aware that deworming is a necessary part of an overall good health program for their horses, the veterinarian is sometimes left out of that loop. Because Read More

Foaling Alarms--Expecting Company?

There are several types of foaling alarms available. They are designed to notify the person responsible (owner, farm manager, or foaling attendant) that the mare is in labor. Read More

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 Read More

Testing Passive Transfer of Antibodies

Q. In an article about the newborn foal’s care (article #287), Christina Cable, DVM, talks about the CITE test as one of the most frequently use Read More

Frostbite: The Bite of Winter

How can you tell if you horse has frostbite, and what should you do if your horse has frostbite? Read More

Foal Rejection

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

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Castration In The Horse

Becoming educated on the entire process of castrating horses can only help you make decisions that are best for your horse. Castration has been used to control masculine/aggressive behavior in the male horse for hundreds of years. In medieval Read More