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

Dopamine and Horses: Learning, Stereotypies, and More

Without dopamine, horses wouldn't learn. But with too much, they can develop stereotypies. Here's what you need to know. Read More

Who's the Herd Leader? It Depends, Researchers Say

Researchers determined that the dominant horse is rarely the one who takes the first steps to get the herd moving. Read More

Swiss Researcher Shares Equine Welfare Innovations

These new devices meet the demands for optimum animal welfare while keeping human management capacities in mind. Read More

Researchers Study Horses' Fearfulness and Learning Ability

While fearfulness might seem like a negative trait, it can be quite beneficial in some scenarios, scientists found. Read More

Can We Determine Foals' Learning Abilities?

Researchers tried several methods by which to measure foals' learning abilities with mixed results. Read More

Are Unshod Dressage Horses at a Competitive Disadvantage?

Some riders believe shoes help give a dressage horse better gaits; scientists have found that idea to be mostly a myth. Read More

Researchers Compare Different Types of Horses' Temperaments

Factors such as age, breed, discipline, and more can impact a horse's temperament, scientists found. Read More

A Look at Switzerland's Equine Protection Laws

Switzerland is a leader in animal rights legislation, and the impact on horse management is significant. Read More

French Show Jumping Mare Injured in Stall at Show

Quismy des Vaux*HDC was injured in her stall overnight when a neighboring stallion escaped from his stall. Read More

Researchers Examine Horses' Social Statuses

Dominant horses are typically older, larger, and less fearful than other horses in a herd, researchers found. Read More

Common Equine Abortion Causes Reviewed

While we can't prevent all abortions, knowing the risks can help us prepare for and, in some cases, reduce the hazards. Read More

Study: Enrichment can Improve Hospitalized Horses' Welfare

"Enriched" clinics could help improve equine welfare, leading to quicker healing times and safer environments for staff. Read More

Predicting Atypical Myopathy Survival

Specific bloodwork showed differences between horses with atypical myopathy that survived and those that died. Read More

When do Broodmares at Pasture Need Supplemental Feed?

If mares graze pastures down to below five centimeters, it might be time to supplement with grain, researchers say. Read More

Study: Dams Shape Foals' Relationships With Humans

A good relationship with the dam is an easy way to promote positive interactions between foals and humans. Read More

Researchers Debut Simplified Equine Temperament Test

They also identified a significant correlation between certain temperament parameters and jumping performance. Read More

Researchers Produce First European Foals from Frozen Embryos

The team hopes to make this process more accessible to breeders in the future. Read More

How Researchers Judge Horses' Temperaments

Learn about the "Complete Temperament Test," which is designed to measure five dimensions of equine personality. Read More

Practicing Science-Based Horse Husbandry

Practical ways to improve your horse's welfare, based on discoveries from the growing field of equitation science. Read More

Researchers Develop Artificial Equine Skin

This artificial skin for horses could help vets manage wounds, burns, and other ailments, the investigators said. Read More

Researchers Review Subchondral Bone Remodeling in Racehorses

Bone turnover in horses rested after intense training was better than in those in consistent intense work. Read More

Understanding Herd Dynamics

What are your horses' pasture behaviors telling you and what can you do to help groups live together harmoniously? Read More

Young Horse Health, Conformation Impacts Career Longevity

Good health and soundness in 4- to 5-year-olds goes a long way in keeping horses performing long-term, researchers said. Read More

Whip Use in Horse Racing Debated

Equitation scientists and a national racing authority share their differing opinions on whip use and horse welfare. Read More

Researchers Review Gastrocnemius Muscle Rupture in Foals

A rupture to this hind leg muscle can be fatal. Here's what to watch for in young foals. Read More