Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Alexandra Beckstett, Managing Editor of The Horse and a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as Assistant Editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse.

Articles by Alexandra Beckstett

How Veterinarians Assess Horses With Acute Colic

A complete, thorough, and timely workup of the horse has the greatest effect on successfully treating colic. Read More

How to Manage Four Equine Respiratory Emergencies

Find tips on handling bacterial pleuropneumonia, pneumothorax and hemothorax, rib fractures, and ARDS in foals. Read More

Managing 'Broken' Horses in Emergency Situations

Sedation and bandaging can help buy time for a thorough exam and to make a thoughtful decision about the horse's future. Read More

PET Scan: A New Diagnostic Imaging Option for Horses

PET scans revealed lesions in bony and soft tissue, some of which weren't visible on other imaging modalities. Read More

Stifle Abnormalities in Young Thoroughbreds

Early diagnosis could allow vets to implement management strategies, such as restricted exercise, that promote healing. Read More

A New Equine Joint Pain Treatment Might be on the Horizon

Anti-nerve growth factor has been shown to have significant pain-relieving effects in other species. Read More

The Veterinarian's Role in Equine Cruelty Prosecutions

The equine veterinarian is the prosecutor's most important resource and witness in these cases, one attorney said. Read More

Paint-On Aseptic Skin Prep Easy, Effective, Cost-Efficient

Products that don't requiring scrubbing to remove dirt and bacteria from skin are gaining in popularity. Read More

What We Know (and Don't Know) About Bisphosphonates

Many navicular horses have benefited from bisphosphonate treatment, but some questions remain about these medications. Read More

Top Reproduction Studies of 2016

Dr. Terry Blanchard shares studies on endometritis, semen extenders, stem cell therapy, and more. Read More

How Veterinarians Become Involved in Equine Rescue Cases

Take a look at six ways vets might become involved as well as the legal considerations when dealing with these cases. Read More

Best Practices for Equine Rescues

Quality rescues practice good horse husbandry, maintain a realistic annual budget, seek continuing education, and more. Read More

Recognizing Signs of Equine Abuse: The Vet's Role

Equine practitioners must be familiar with the signs of abuse, its various forms, and their role in preventing it. Read More

The Veterinarian's Role in Equine Abuse Investigations

How a vet examines and treats allegedly abused horses can mean the difference between a successful or unsuccessful case. Read More

Dealing With Equine Dystocias

A difficult birth can be life-threatening for both mare and foal if not handled promptly and properly. Read More

Soft Tissue Injuries of the Western Performance Horse's Foot

Veterinarians discuss how they diagnose and treat injuries to the collateral ligament, DDFT, navicular bursa, and more. Read More

When, Where, and How Much Frozen-Thawed Semen is Best?

Mares had higher pregnancy rates per cycle as sperm numbers and number of inseminations per cycle increased. Read More

Which Biomarkers Best Predict Late-Term Pregnancy Loss?

Scientists tested whether estradiol-17B, progesterone, alpha fetoprotein, and/or serum amyloid A could predict abortion. Read More

Managing Equine Arthritis on a Budget

Veterinarians can keep diagnostic costs lower by using as much information from routine tests as possible. Read More

Before You Breed: Costs and Considerations

Ensure your decision to breed is the right one and that you're prepared to handle the costs and commitments involved. Read More

Horse Blanketing FAQs

On or off? Hot or cold? Lightweight or heavyweight? We'll answer these questions and more. Read More

Infertility With No Cause? Try Hydrotubation of the Oviducts

Hydrotubation involves passing an endoscope through the cervix and uterus into the oviduct and flushing it with saline. Read More

Can DNA Testing Lead to Better Endometritis Treatments?

Researchers found that particular genetic types of E. coli responded to the various antibiotics differently. Read More

Biosecurity in the Breeding Shed

Biosecurity isn't just a consideration for show horses. Here are some tips on how to keep breeding stock disease-free. Read More

Diagnostic Biomarkers for Late-Term Pregnancy Loss

Researchers are exploring whether various diagnostic biomarkers could help assess fetoplacental well-being in mares. Read More