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

How Broodmare Nutrition Affects Her Foal

Researchers found that over- and underfeeding can affect foals' bone growth, metabolism, and testicular development. Read More

Study: Wood Chips Can Improve Paddock Soil Quality

Adding absorbent, biodegradable materials to paddocks can keep water sources cleaner and favor healthy grass growth. Read More

The Science Behind Equine Boots and Bandages

What purpose does equine legwear really serve? Here's what you need to know. Read More

Study Confirms Kicks From Shod Horses Can Damage Bone

Metal shoes have a greater risk of damaging bone during a kick than polyurethane shoes or barefoot feet. Read More

Healthful Horse Barns

Consider these horse health- and safety-oriented design aspects when building or renovating your barn. Read More

The Link Between Osteochondrosis Lesions and Limb Forces

Foals with lesions had reduced peak vertical forces in the affected limb, suggesting reduced weight-bearing. Read More

New Test Could Improve EZL Diagnosis in Working Equids

The new test could lead to faster, low-cost diagnosis and enable better treatment and management. Read More

Sacroiliac Joint Pain in Horses

Sacroiliac disease can affect any horse, potentially limiting performance abilities. Read More

PAAG Showing Promise as Arthritis Pain Reliever for Horses

Researchers believe polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAAG) could have a long-lasting cushioning effect on arthritic joints. Read More

Risk Mitigation Strategies for High-Performance Horses

The OIE has described management "pillars" to keep most diseases at bay for high-health, high-performance horses. Read More

Limb Sensors for Equine Diagnostics, Performance Evaluations

Researchers say inertial measurement units could aid in more accurate veterinary diagnoses and performance evaluations. Read More

Deworming Drug Resistance in Ethiopian Working Horses

The study evaluated the effectiveness of ivermectin and fenbendazole, as well as owners' deworming practices. Read More

Researchers Develop Saliva-Based Equine Tapeworm Test

This could encourage the use of targeted deworming programs to help reduce parasite resistance, scientists said. Read More

Indoor Arena Dust: Damaging to Horse and Rider

Dusty arenas could be compromising your respiratory health, right along with your horse's. Read More

Are Foals of Obese Mares At Risk for Musculoskeletal Issues?

Overweight mares often produce heavier foals, which studies have shown are at-risk for musculoskeletal disorders. Read More

Study: Management Practices Can Help OCD Lesions Resolve

How young horses are fed and housed can impact how osteochondral lesions evolve, and even help them heal. Read More

Equus, Hippidion Shared Common Ancestors

The Hippidion genus descended from a common ancestor of modern-day horses, but didn't survive to the present. Read More

Researchers Evaluate Parasite Patterns in Feral Horses

Overall horses coped well with parasites. But the heavier the parasite load, the lower the horse's body condition score. Read More

Special Shirt, Girth Help Evaluate Horse, Human Interaction

Riders might soon be able to monitor their horses' physiological emotional responses and compare them with their own. Read More

Scientists Revisit Historic Exercise Research in Racehorses

Scientists are highlighting early 20th century studies and Japanese researchers who were well ahead of their time. Read More

Study: Post-Exercise Snacks Benefit Horses

Allow exercised horses to eat and drink after cooling down to restore lost water and energy, researchers say. Read More

Study Reveals Working Donkey Pain Behavior

Researchers have confirmed that donkeys have far more subtle ways of expressing pain than horses. Read More

Which Horse Bedding Harbors the Least Bacteria?

Researchers found that, of the beddings tested, pine shavings were most effective at inhibiting bacterial growth. Read More

Scientists Study Facial Expressions of Pain in Ridden Horses

Ridden horses express pain through facial behaviors differently from horses at rest, one researcher says. Read More

New Nonsurgical Equine Sterilization Technique in the Works

While the actual product might still be several years away, researchers are currently testing "promising technologies." Read More