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

Diagnosing Cardiac Arrhythmias in Horses on the Farm

Vets can use a smartphone-based heart monitor to identify arrhythmias that are difficult to diagnose in the field. Read More

Top Reproduction Studies of 2017

Dr. Regina Turner recaps research on endometritis, factors affecting pregnancy rates, treating placentitis, and more. Read More

Horse Blanketing FAQs

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

Skin Issues That Affect Saddle Fit

Some sores, injuries, and infections can make saddling a painful process for your horse. Here's what to watch for. Read More

Colicky Foals: Diagnostics and Decision-Making

Foals' size and fragility present veterinarians with unique diagnostic and treatment challenges in the face of colic. Read More

When to Refer a Colic Case

A vet reviews the different lesions practitioners might encounter during a colic and whether they warrant referral. Read More

Horse Hydration FAQs

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

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