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

Researchers Investigate Naked Foal Syndrome in Akhal-Tekes

Researchers say naked foal syndrome is related to a nonsense gene variant and appears to be unique to Akhal-Tekes. Read More

Record Medication Use During Equine Gestation

Keeping a precise medical record for pregnant mares could help researchers better understand fetal malformations. Read More

Study Evaluates Banned, Controlled Substances in Horse Feed

While tiny quantities of some substances were found in samples, researchers say it's not necessarily cause for concern. Read More

Whip Use Violations in Australian Racing Scrutinized

Most of the violations in a recent study involved excessive use of the whip before the 100-meter mark. Read More

How the Rising Trot Impacts the Horse's Back

Changes in force distribution, combined with saddle fit, have a big impact on equine back health, for better or worse. Read More

New Technique Tests Horse Urine for 100+ Drugs

The automatic test's short run time enables a high throughput with minimal labor requirements, researchers say. Read More

Forage-Only Diet a 'Win' for Standardbred Racehorses

The key is to ensure the hay, haylage, or grass has enough high-energy nutrient value to cover the horse's needs. Read More

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