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

Recycling on the Farm

Find out how you can set up a farm-friendly recycling system, as well as reuse common materials around the barn. Read More

Acyline to Suppress Stallion Testosterone Levels

Researchers determined that acyline can reduce stallion testosterone concentrations to as low as those of geldings. Read More

Some Nonantibiotics Disrupt Biofilms in Endometritis Cases

No single agent reliably disrupted biofilm in all tested bacteria, but several were effective against specific species. Read More

The Equitwister: A Simplified Way to Castrate Working Equids

This tool is simple, affordable, and results in few complications, one equitarian volunteer reported. Read More

The Importance of Postmortem Exams on Aborted Fetuses

Post-mortem exams are crucial to determine what caused the abortion. Here's what your veterinarian will look for. Read More

Horse Hydration FAQs

We consulted two equine nutritionists to answer your burning questions about equine hydration. Read More

Laser Safe for Uterine Cyst Removal, Future Foaling Rates

Foaling rates one and two years after successful cyst removal via laser photoablation were 74% and 65%, respectively. Read More

Good Survival Rates After Uterine Tear Repair

Eighty-one percent of mares survived with treatment and 77% of mares bred the subsequent year carried a foal to term. Read More

Working Equids' Influence on Human Health, Livelihood

Researchers recently confirmed that in poor and rural communities, equid health is intrinsically linked to human health. Read More

Foal and Adult Horse Blood Samples: What's the Difference?

Veterinarians should be familiar with what's normal and what's not normal on a foal's blood sample test results. Read More

Cushing's and EMS: What's the Difference?

Practitioners must use clinical signs and laboratory testing to distinguish between these sometimes similar ailments. Read More

Autologous Vaccination a Safe, Affordable Sarcoid Treatment

The procedure involves removing a sarcoid from the horse and implanting pieces of it back into the horse's neck. Read More

Don't Forget About Working Equids

Millions of families worldwide depend on working equids for transportation, farming, economic value, and social value. Read More

Anticoagulant Rodenticide and Sudden Horse Deaths

Researchers found that anticoagulant rodenticide ingestion coupled with strenuous exercise can be fatal to horses. Read More

Providing Hoof Care in Developing Countries

Providing owners of working equids with both hoof care and education can be challenging. One farrier shares his tips. Read More

Causes of Poor Equine Body Condition in Nicaragua

It's nearly impossible to separate simple malnutrition from the presence of other diseases, one veterinarian said. Read More

Things You Should and Should Not Put on a Horse's Wound

Is the ointment you're using on that cut helping or hurting? Remember these tips when treating horse wounds. Read More

Managing Chronic Infected Wounds in Horses

Chronic infected wounds are challenging for vets to manage, not to mention distressing and costly for the horse owner. Read More

Skin Grafting Options for Horse Wounds

Not all grafts are created equal, and some are better-suited for certain areas of the body than others. Read More

Equitarian Essentials: Packing, Planning For Volunteer Trips

Trips to provide health care for working equids are beneficial but are not without unique organizational challenges. Read More

Practical Reproduction Studies of 2015

A recap of studies on topics ranging from prostaglandin treatment of mares to semen quality in stallions. Read More

Measuring SAA Can Help Identify Health Issues Early

Vets can use SAA levels to differentiate between systemic inflammation and noninflammatory diseases in horses. Read More

Understanding the Equine Immune System

This important protective system is extremely complex. Here's a rundown of how your horse's immune responses function. Read More

The Martingale's Effect on Rein Tension

Researchers determined that rein tensions were more consistent when horses were ridden with a martingale than without. Read More

Equine Sleep Patterns' Effects on Performance

Knowing if sleep patterns affect performance could prompt interest in sleep as an important horse management factor. Read More