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

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

Study: Some Endurance Horses Lacking in Lameness Care

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

Study: Swimming Can Improve Horses' 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

Is Time the Best Treatment for Some Equine Sarcoids?

In a recent study nearly half the small sarcoids found on young horses regressed on their own over several years. Read More

Researchers: Sensors Can Help Improve Rider Aids

Understanding the biomechanics of cues from a rider's legs, seat, and hands could improve horse welfare, scientists say. Read More

Are You Riding a Lame Horse?

Nearly 75% of horses in a recent study had significant motion asymmetry, but were sound according to their owners. Read More

Avoiding Antimicrobial Resistance in Hospitalized Horses

Resistant infections were most common in horses coming out of surgery and that have had previous antibiotic treatment. Read More

Freezing Equine Embryos is Getting More Practical

Study results revealed promising pregnancy rates with embryos that weren't frozen in a laboratory but in a barn. Read More

From the Ground Up

Safe and smart groundwork can help build the foundation for a confident, well-behaved horse. Read More

Researchers Connect the Dots on Spotted Coat Color Genetics

Base coat color and horse sex appear to play significant roles in spotting patterns, researchers learned. Read More

Study Confirms Common Shoeing Interval Benefits Horses

The traditional four- to six-week interval aligns perfectly with what's going on physiologically in the horse's hoof. Read More

Blood Test Misses Mark for Diagnosing Equine Gastric Ulcers

Still, the researchers say they hope continued research on the topic will make equine gastric ulcers easier to diagnose. Read More

Which Horse Bedding Is Best?

Scientists sought an answer but found there's no perfect bedding for all situations. Each has benefits and drawbacks. Read More

Getting Ahead of Gene Doping in Racehorses

Gene doping's effects, good or bad, remain unclear. It might not affect performance and could have serious side effects. Read More

Gene Mutation: No Performance Effect in Coldblooded Trotters

The "Gaitkeeper" gene mutation has been linked to success in trotting races in Standardbreds. Read More

Study: Many Riders Don't Groom Horses Properly or Safely

Riders evaluated exhibited an average of six dangerous behaviors in a single grooming session, researchers found. Read More

Scientists Study Horse, Human Heart Coupling

Researchers have learned that horses and humans tend to align their physiological responses to emotional stimulations. Read More

Does 'Performance Dentistry' Improve Horse Rideability?

Dentistry--including balanced alignment of the teeth and jaws--is an important part of good horse health and welfare. Read More

Heritable Heart Traits Can Help Endurance Horses Succeed

An "athletic" heart is a heritable characteristic linked to good endurance performance, researchers confirmed. Read More

French Equestrian Federation Hires Equine Welfare Manager

Deborah Bardo, MSc, has been charged with overseeing horse welfare within the French Equestrian Federation. Read More