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

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

Consider Hysteroscopy During Mare Breeding Soundness Exams

Hysteroscopy involves running a flexible endoscope through the uterus to check for abnormalities. Read More

Can Alpha-Fetoprotein Help Diagnose Neonatal Disease?

Researchers found that AFP could be a useful biomarker to help assess neonatal health soon after birth. Read More

Treating Biofilms and Latent Infections in Mares

Suspect a biofilm or latent infection if bacterial endometritis is treated appropriately, but the infection persists. Read More

What Does AMH Say About Your Stallion or Mare?

Anti-Mullerian hormone is a reliable marker for cryptorchidism, granulosa-cell tumors, and, possibly, mare fertility. Read More

Recycling on the Farm

Find out how you can set up a farm-friendly recycling system, as well as reuse common materials around the barn. Read More

Acyline to Suppress Stallion Testosterone Levels

Researchers determined that acyline can reduce stallion testosterone concentrations to as low as those of geldings. Read More

Some Nonantibiotics Disrupt Biofilms in Endometritis Cases

No single agent reliably disrupted biofilm in all tested bacteria, but several were effective against specific species. Read More

The Equitwister: A Simplified Way to Castrate Working Equids

This tool is simple, affordable, and results in few complications, one equitarian volunteer reported. Read More

The Importance of Postmortem Exams on Aborted Fetuses

Post-mortem exams are crucial to determine what caused the abortion. Here's what your veterinarian will look for. Read More

Horse Hydration FAQs

We consulted two equine nutritionists to answer your burning questions about equine hydration. Read More

Laser Safe for Uterine Cyst Removal, Future Foaling Rates

Foaling rates one and two years after successful cyst removal via laser photoablation were 74% and 65%, respectively. Read More

Good Survival Rates After Uterine Tear Repair

Eighty-one percent of mares survived with treatment and 77% of mares bred the subsequent year carried a foal to term. Read More

Working Equids' Influence on Human Health, Livelihood

Researchers recently confirmed that in poor and rural communities, equid health is intrinsically linked to human health. Read More

Foal and Adult Horse Blood Samples: What's the Difference?

Veterinarians should be familiar with what's normal and what's not normal on a foal's blood sample test results. Read More

Cushing's and EMS: What's the Difference?

Practitioners must use clinical signs and laboratory testing to distinguish between these sometimes similar ailments. Read More

Autologous Vaccination a Safe, Affordable Sarcoid Treatment

The procedure involves removing a sarcoid from the horse and implanting pieces of it back into the horse's neck. Read More

Don't Forget About Working Equids

Millions of families worldwide depend on working equids for transportation, farming, economic value, and social value. Read More

Anticoagulant Rodenticide and Sudden Horse Deaths

Researchers found that anticoagulant rodenticide ingestion coupled with strenuous exercise can be fatal to horses. Read More

Providing Hoof Care in Developing Countries

Providing owners of working equids with both hoof care and education can be challenging. One farrier shares his tips. Read More

Causes of Poor Equine Body Condition in Nicaragua

It's nearly impossible to separate simple malnutrition from the presence of other diseases, one veterinarian said. Read More