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

Detecting Coffin Bone Fractures in Young Foals

Using proper diagnostic technique and good-quality radiographs are critical in diagnosing these fractures in foals. Read More

Radiography, Scintigraphy, and MRI: Benefits and Pitfalls

Learn about the options vets have for looking inside horses' bodies to see what's causing a limp, swelling, or pain. Read More

Does Throat Spray Reach Horses' Upper Airway Structures?

Nasopharyngeal catheter administration results in good cover of the larynx, nasopharynx, and soft palate. Read More

Compounded Enrofloxacin: Safe and Effective for Use in Mares

Researchers said a water-based enrofloxacin suspension could be useful for treating some bacterial endometritis cases. Read More

Six Signs of Sacroiliac Disease in Horses

Sacroiliac disease is a newly recognized condition, and vets are seeing more performance horses with this issue. Read More

Estrogen Concentrations' Effects on Pregnancy Outcome

Researchers determined that reduced estrogen levels in late pregnancy do not affect pregnancy outcome. Read More

Before You Breed: Costs and Considerations

Ensure your decision to breed is the right one and that you're prepared to handle the costs and commitments involved. Read More

Digital Neurectomy Outcome in Horses with Chronic Foot Pain

Horses with concurrent deep digital flexor tendon lesions were four times more likely to become lame again post-surgery. Read More

Arthroscopy vs. Ultrasound for Diagnosing Stifle Lesions

Researchers determined that using both modalities can help vets increase their diagnostic and prognostic capabilities. Read More

Aquatic Exercise's Effect on Equine Osteoarthritis

Underwater treadmill therapy can significantly improve balance control in horses with osteoarthritis. Read More

Does Uterine Edema Affect Pregnancy Outcome?

Researchers determined that excessive uterine edema near the time of ovulation did not adversely affect pregnancy rates. Read More

A Review of Imaging Options for Subtle Lamenesses

A veterinarian weighs in on radiographs, nuclear scintigraphy, and standing MRI for diagnosing subtle lamenesses. Read More

Exercise's Effects on Horses' Back Dimensions and Saddle Fit

Researchers determined that exercise causes horses' back dimensions to change, which could negatively impact saddle fit. Read More

Advancements in Equine Repro Research

Researchers from UK presented research on breeding and mare fertility during the 2014 AAEP Convention. Read More

Is Ceftiofur Sodium an Effective Treatment for Placentitis?

Researchers found that ceftiofur did not penetrate the placenta effectively, making it a poor placentitis treatment. Read More

Anti-Mullerian Hormone Helps Assess Aging Mares' Fertility

Mare fertility declines with age in association with reduced follicle count, and AMH is correlated with follicle count. Read More

Top Equine Reproduction Studies of 2014

Studies covered biofilms, chilled and frozen semen, endometritis, placentitis, oxidative stress and fertility, and more. Read More

UK Studies Featured at AAEP Kester News Hour

Two of the top equine reproduction studies presented at the AAEP Convention featured work by UK researchers. Read More

Genomics' Contribution to EVA Research and Beyond

Learn how genomics has impacted researchers' understanding of health conditions such as equine viral arteritis, or EVA. Read More

Improving a Horse's Proprioception During Rehabilitation

Learn about three techniques riders can use to improve motion deficits using the horse's proprioceptive awareness. Read More

Rehabilitation Exercises from the Ground

Learn how dynamic mobilization, core strengthening, and balancing exercises can benefit horses recovering from injury. Read More

Limitations and Advances in Lameness Assessment

Learn about scientific advancements that are helping veterinarians better assess lameness in horses. Read More

Understanding the Biomechanics of Lameness

Locomotion involves consistent limb movements that change predictably when a horse is lame. Learn what to watch for. Read More

Rehabilitating Horses with Back Problems

Learn about methods, from stretches to massage, that can help horses suffering from back issues recover. Read More

Horse Hydration FAQs

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