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

Signs That Your Saddle Doesn't Fit Your Horse

Watch for these telltale signs of poor saddle fit in your horse's body, behavior, and movement. Read More

What Do the Sweat Marks Under Your Saddle Mean?

From excessive dirt accumulation to dry spots, here's what the sweat patterns under your saddle are really telling you. Read More

Seven Common Saddle Faults

A poorly designed or damaged saddle affects not only your riding but also your horse's comfort. Learn what to watch for. Read More

What is a Saddle Tracing or Template?

Saddle fitters use tracing or templating to record the shape of a horse's back. Here's how it works. 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

Clinical Signs and Causes of Back Pain in Horses

Learn about common issues owners encounter with their horses' spine and saddle fit and how to treat such issues. Read More

Veterinarians Discuss Limb Deformities

Two equine surgeons shared their thoughts on rotational limb deformities, contracted carpal joints, club feet, and more. Read More

Gastrointestinal Drug Safe for Use in Pregnant Mares

Misoprostol, which can cause abortion in humans, is used to prevent or treat right dorsal colitis in horses. Read More

Pelvic Fractures in Horses: Not Always Career-Ending

Researchers determined that if horses were discharged from the hospital, a good long-term outcome was likely. Read More

MRI to Predict Catastrophic Fetlock Fractures in Racehorses

Researchers say MRI might be useful as a screening test to identify racehorses at increased risk of fetlock fracture. Read More

Cooled-Shipped Sperm Quality's Effect on Fertility

One vet said sperm quality thresholds his team identified can help practitioners make better breeding decisions. Read More

13 Ways to Predict Ovulation in Mares

Horse breeding is only as effective as your ability to predict a mare's impending ovulation. Here's how vets do so. Read More

Detecting Coffin Bone Fractures in Young Foals

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

Radiography, Scintigraphy, and MRI: Benefits and Pitfalls

Review 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 that vets are seeing a lot of in performance horses. 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