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

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

Recycling Tips for Equine Veterinary Practices

One equine practitioner shares tips on how veterinary practices and horse farms can "go green." Read More

Conditioning and Modifying Horse Behavior

An equine behaviorist offers tips on how to change your horse's behavior. Read More

CT Scans can Help Diagnose Stifle Lameness

Although CT scan is useful for diagnosing stifle lameness, scanning horses' large body parts can be difficult. Read More

Foaling Horses: 101 to 911

During and after foaling are two of the most critical times in a neonate and his mother's lives. Read More

Creating a Parasite Control Program

Consider your property's equine traffic, location, and parasite control goals to create an effective program. Read More

Blood-Contaminated Joint Fluid Samples Might Still be Useful

While vets typically toss contaminated samples, researchers now say useful information can still be garnered. Read More

Sidebone might be Normal in Swedish Cold-Blooded Horses

Researchers found that sidebone does not appear to affect horses' performance. Read More

How to Select and Prepare a Stimulus Mare

A good stimulus mare is invaluable to a breeding facility, one veterinarian says. Here's how to choose one. Read More

Fossil Evidence of Laminitis in Ancient Horses

Researchers found that 75.25% of the coffin bone fossils examined exhibited signs consistent with laminitis. Read More

Using Bursography to Diagnose Palmar Foot Pain

Navicular bursography is an effective diagnostic option for palmar foot pain when MRI is not in the cards. Read More

Beet Pulp FAQs

Two nutritionists answer 11 common questions about feeding horses beet pulp. Read More

Thoroughbred Hoof Care: Foal to Racehorse to Sport Horse

To help your Thoroughbred perform to his potential, tailor his hoof care to his specific age, needs, and job. Read More

Coffin Bone Loss, Remodeling Associated with Laminitis

Osteolysis (dissolving of bone) of the coffin bone is an early sign of laminitis development. Read More

Handling Dangerous Hydrops Conditions in Pregnant Mares

A broodmare's belly grows as her fetus matures, but any rapid or unexpected expansion is cause for concern. Read More

Suspensory Injury's Effect on Future Racing Performance

How does a suspensory injury impact a racehorse's performance? It depends on the severity of the injury. Read More

NSAIDs Might Impair Horses' Response to Influenza Vaccines

Researchers found that NSAID administration reduced immune response in previously exposed and naive horses. Read More

A Review of Fatal Fetlock Injuries in California Racehorses

One of the most common sites of catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses is the fetlock. Read More

Can Imaging Mesenteric Lymph Nodes Save Horses' Lives?

Vets can image the cecal mesentery to garner information that could lead to a lymphadenopathy diagnosis. Read More

Researchers Identify EOTRH Risk Factors

EOTRH is a painful, recently identified condition that primarily affects horses' incisors and canine teeth. Read More