Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA

Christa Lesté-Lasserre is a freelance writer based in France. A native of Dallas, Texas, Lesté-Lasserre grew up riding Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, and Shetland Ponies. She holds a master’s degree in English, specializing in creative writing, from the University of Mississippi in Oxford and earned a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing with a minor in sciences from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She currently keeps her two Trakehners at home near Paris. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

Articles by Christa Lesté-Lasserre

Horses' Eye Blink Rate Could Reveal Stress Levels

Full and half blinks decreased significantly during stressful situations, researchers found. Read More

Two European Slow Feeders for Horses Compared

On average it took horses about 30% longer to eat from both slow feeders compared to the ground, researchers found. Read More

Past Political, Climatic Changes Challenged Chinese Horses

Still, horses fared better than other livestock because of their adaptability and military usefulness, researchers say. Read More

Researchers Find Mutations Behind 'Tiger Eye' in Paso Finos

This yellow, amber, or orange iris found in some Paso Finos seems to have no association with eye or vision problems. Read More

Piroplasmosis Presents Problems for Przewalski Horses

Researchers say the disease kills one out of five Przewalski horses in one major refuge area. Read More

Study: Hay Helps Shetland Ponies Adapt to Winter Conditions

Ponies that didn't receive extra hay adapted to the available food supply, but could also be at risk for health issues. Read More

Study: Not All Working Equids Suffer Serious Welfare Issues

Researchers found that in Chile, the horses belonging to even the poorest individuals often led good and healthy lives. Read More

What's Behind Horses' White Spots?

Researchers have found yet another genetic variation responsible for yet-unexplained white spotting. Read More

How Season Impacts Horses' Insulin Secretion, Metabolism

Horses secrete more insulin during winter, which could pose problems for some pregnant mares, researchers say. Read More

How Paddock Size Impacts Equine Social Interactions

Larger paddocks led to fewer social interactions--both positive and negative--among horses, researchers found. Read More

A Hands-On Approach for Assessing Working Equid Welfare

A five-step approach makes it easier for owners to remember which basic health and welfare aspects to assess. Read More

A Closer Look at the Normal Asil Arabian Hoof

Veterinarians could be able to use this baseline data to identify prelaminitic changes in Arabian horses. Read More

Body Language in Horse and Human Interactions

Understanding body language when working with equids can improve how we interact with and study them. Read More

Stirrup Placement and Rider Biomechanics: What's the Link?

Rider biomechanics significantly impact horse biomechanics, affecting performance, musculoskeletal health, and welfare. Read More

Atrial Fibrillation a Heritable Trait in Standardbreds

Researchers found high degrees of heritability (up to 0.17), especially in male horses and in pacers. Read More

Does Your Horse's Saddle Fit?

Having your saddle fit is paramount to your horse's comfort and soundness. Read More

Veterinarians Test New Hoof Cancer Treatment

After surgically debulking the tumor, veterinarians administered electrochemotherapy directly into the cancer site. Read More

Some Endurance Horses Lacking in Lameness Care, Study Shows

Lameness was the most common issue ride vets found, but 48% of affected horses had no further vet exams or treatment. Read More

EVA Prevalence in Spanish Horses

Blood samples revealed a 21% positive rate in breeding stallions compared to 6.7% in sport horses. Read More

Study: Mares, Foals Can Benefit From Blue-Light Masks

Among other results, scientists found that foals born to light-therapy mares were more mature at birth and grew faster. Read More

Swimming Can Improve Horse Glucose, Insulin Levels

Low-intensity swimming could help maintain glucose and insulin levels without putting excess strain on horses' limbs. Read More

Napoleon's Marengo Gets a Facelift

Nearly 200 years after his death, scientists at the U.K.'s Natural History Museum gave Marengo a full skeletal makeover. Read More

Zebra Stripes, Horseflies, and Optical Illusions

Zebra stripes appear to create optical illusions for horseflies and might cause them to avoid approaching altogether. Read More

Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say. Read More

Prehistoric Climate Change and Horses: A Regional View

Scientists learned that horses in present-day Switzerland survived the last Ice Age and thrived for a while afterward. Read More