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

Condition Friesians With Unique Physical Challenges in Mind

Scientists say Friesians benefit from specific exercise regimens and warmups based on their anaerobic threshold. Read More

Does Parade Participation Stress Horses?

On average, horses' stress levels remained within the range observed during routine work and management. Read More

Swiss Barn Fires Kill More Than 20 Horses

An investigation is underway to determine if the fires at the Swiss National Institute of Equitation are arson-related. Read More

Study Confirms Horses Read Other Horses' Facial Expressions

Horses reacted to facial expressions in the absence of any other cues, such as body movements, vocal sounds, or odors. Read More

Conditioning Young Horses

Before your young horse begins full-scale training, he can benefit greatly from physical conditioning. Read More

Swiss Researchers Encourage Modern Parasite Control Methods

Using their "check-before-treat" program, scientists are finding record-low equine parasite burdens in Switzerland. Read More

Researchers Aim to Improve Vet School Teaching Horse Welfare

Researchers proposed a conceptual model to optimize the welfare of horses used for veterinary teaching programs. Read More

Scientists Study How Climate Change Affects Horses

Horses suffered the effects of rapid climate change during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene epochs. Read More

Ivermectin Could be Ineffective Against Some Pinworms

Ivermectin was ineffective in treating pinworms in a herd of Welsh ponies. Fenbendazole, however, eliminated the worms. Read More

Shoe Type Likely Doesn't Change Horse Movement

A study found little difference in gait between shoes, although shod horses moved differently than barefoot ones. Read More

Equine OCD: Harmless Bone Lesion or Permanent Problem?

Leading researchers from around the world share their findings on this common joint disease of young horses. Read More

How Do You Handle Colic?

Study results suggest that owners' responses to colic signs vary considerably based on their knowledge and experience. Read More

Your Horse's Cartilage Has Bling

Intramitochondrial crystals could be related to horse joints' ability to withstand mechanical stress, scientists say. Read More

The Healthy-Backed Horse

Learn how the all-important equine back functions and how to prevent problems from developing. Read More

Mending Equine Tendons and Ligaments

Researchers are exploring improved ways to heal these notoriously complicated soft tissue structures. Read More

New Method of Fixing Fractures in Small Equids

A special splint and cast can produce good fracture healing and pasture soundness in ponies, donkeys, and small horses. Read More

Live Donkey Fed to Tigers in Protest at Chinese Zoo

An angry shareholder pushed the donkey into the tiger enclosure in protest over a financial dispute with the zoo. Read More

Barbed Sutures Help Horses With Nephrosplenic Entrapment

Barbed sutures eliminate the need for knot-tying and distribute tension on the suture line more evenly, researchers say. Read More

How Horse Genetics Relate to Equestrian Disciplines

A scientific basis behind breeding can allow for more informed decisions as horse breeding and equestrian sports evolve. Read More

Laser Therapy: No One-Size-Fits-All for Horses

The amount of laser light reaching internal structures depends on the horse's hair and skin thickness and color. Read More

Study: Spotted Horse Coats Lost Luster in Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages sorrel horses outnumbered all other coat colors, with bay and black following close behind. Read More

Is It My Horse, or Is It Me?

We're quick to blame a horse for misbehaving, but a closer look at equine behavior might reveal we're the problem. Read More

Scientists Study Rapidly Adaptive Horse Breed

The Yakutian horse made one of the fastest evolutionary adaptations known in large mammals, in just 800 years. Read More

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