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

Can Stalled Stallions Interact Socially?

Stallions with access to each other through stall walls interacted frequently with a "surprisingly low" injury rate. Read More

Group or Individual Horse Housing: Which is Less Stressful?

Horses in the group housing situation had fewer stress indicators than those stalled individually, researchers found. Read More

Limiting Race Training Distances Can Reduce Injury Risk

Standardbreds training over shorter distances lost fewer training days to injury, but still raced successfully. Read More

Do Riders Maintain Consistent Rein Pressure?

A rider's rein tension can vary within the same stride, which could have equine welfare repercussions, researchers said. Read More

Study: Low-Ranking Horses Harbor More Parasites

Researchers found a distinct link between dominance rank and parasite load in horses that had never been dewormed. Read More

Research-Based Weaning Tips to Reduce Stress

Start planning early to make the transition from foal to an independent horse as smooth as possible. Read More

Scent's Influence on Breeding Stallions

Study stallions bred quickest if they had the scent of urine from mares in heat on their nostrils. Read More

Study: Depressed Horses Show Lack of Attention

These horses tend to overreact to challenging situations, potentially making them dangerous for novice handlers. Read More

Moldy Hay: Bad for Horses, Bad for Humans

Certain strains of fungi found in moldy fodder can cause serious problems in both horses and handlers, scientists found. Read More

Study: Cardiac Recovery Time Identified as Heritable Trait

Selective breeding could lead to horses more tailored for endurance and improve welfare and performance, scientists say. Read More

Study: Stallion Semen Integrity Varies by Season

The month of the year appears to have a significant impact on several parameters of collected semen in stallions. Read More

Vets: Need for New AHS Vaccines 'Urgent'

African horse sickness has the potential to spread due to climate change and increased international horse movement. Read More

Researchers Working to Address Risk of AHS Spread

Climate change is creating conducive conditions for African horse sickness to spread further than it has in the past. Read More

Are Chestnut Horses Crazy? Not Necessarily, Scientists Say

But, they were more likely to display "bold" behaviors (i.e., approaching unfamiliar objects) than bay horses. Read More

Equine Earphones Could Help Horses Relax

Horses tended to recover from stress faster if they listened to classical music through specially designed headphones. Read More

Study: Some Mares Find Rectal Ultrasounds Stressful

Nonlactating Thoroughbred mares perceived transrectal ultrasound exams as modest temporary stressors. Read More

'Breeding Bonny' Could Help Students With Reproductive Exams

Researchers recently tested an equine gynecological exam simulator for its suitability in veterinary training programs. Read More

The Healthy-Backed Horse

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

Researchers Break Down Horses' IBH Reactions

Some horses respond to insect bites with inflammation and itching; others react with cellular-level defense mechanisms. Read More

WWI-Era Bacteria: The Key to Eradicating Strangles?

In the battle against strangles, researchers believe they've discovered a critical genomic influence: war. Read More

Surgical Repair of Hock Fractures in Sport Horses Successful

Researchers say a screw fixation procedure can help sport horses return to function after a central tarsus fracture. Read More

Thinking Like a Horse

By gaining a better understanding of how horses associate and learn, can we train them more effectively and ethically? Read More

Study: Shelters Help Keep Flies at Bay

Researchers found providing a climate-appropriate shelter in the summer can provide horses with shade and insect relief. Read More

iPads for Horses? Touch-Screen Technology in Equine Research

Touch-screen computers could remove the risk of human influence in research on equine decision-making and actions. Read More

Peat Gets Thumbs Up as Horse Bedding

Peat might not be pretty, but study results suggest it might be better for your horse's health than wood shavings. Read More