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

How Long Does it Take Jumping Horses' Muscles to Recover?

Researchers found that jumping at shows two weekends in a row did not allow horses adequate muscle recovery. Read More

An Equine Simulator: The New First Horse?

Researchers say using a simulator could allow novice riders to train in a safe environment and safeguard equine welfare. Read More

Researchers Review Subchondral Bone Remodeling in Racehorses

Bone turnover in horses rested after intense training was better than in those in consistent intense work. Read More

Genetics of Professionals', Amateurs' Show Jumpers Compared

A French genetics team determined a common breeding pool is not only realistic, but also preferable. Read More

Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

Researchers are studying these behaviors and how they can affect equine health and welfare. Read More

Caring for the Colic Survivor

Special maintenance and nutrition can help your horse get back to (and stay in) good health after a colic episode. Read More

Can We Predict How Well a Horse Will Pay Attention?

Researchers developed a reliable test to help people determine each horse's unique attention ability. Read More

New Procedure Uses Wire to Help Heal a Broken Mandible

Researchers stressed the importance of postoperative diet, hygiene, and medications for a successful outcome. Read More

Study: Poor Equine Welfare, 'Pessimism' Linked

Factors such as constant individual stabling and restricted feeding can make horses less optimistic, researchers found. Read More

Researcher Shares Tips for Improving Ridden Horses' Welfare

Pay attention to signs of poor welfare and adapt your riding and training techniques to improve your horse's well-being. Read More

Novel Surgery Successful for Treating Clogged Tear Ducts

The standing procedure involves temporarily inserting tubing from the horse's tear duct into the sinus cavity. Read More

What We're Learning About Senior Horses

Hot topics include digestion, metabolism, soft tissue injuries, and inflamm-aging. Read More

Noseband Tightness in Competition Evaluated

Many nosebands were so tight that even the tip of the measuring gauge could not fit under at the frontal nasal plane. Read More

10 Early Warning Signs of Laminitis

Your horse's best chance of overcoming this hoof disease might lie in your ability to catch it early. Read More

Study Confirms Demonstrator Horses Can Have Calming Effect

Naive horses that watched an experienced horse perform a scary task were less fearful when it was their turn. Read More

Can We Monitor Ridden Horses' Stress Levels Objectively?

A new device determines horses' heart rate changes due to stress and "subtracts" changes due to physical activity. Read More

Researchers Study Method to Detect Equine Arthritis Early

Scientists say molecular changes to an in-joint protein layer called lubricin could indicate osteoarthritis development. Read More

Researchers Study Plant-Based Treatment for Equine Melanoma

Betulinic acid could become a safe and effective treatment for melanoma in horses, researchers said. Read More

Inbred Horses Help Scientists Identify IBH Gene Locations

Researchers studied a group of related Exmoor ponies to find the chromosomes that could carry IBH-related genes. Read More

Horse Laterality, Human Handedness, and Rein Tension

Rein tension tended to be higher when a right-handed rider rode left-lateral horses compared to right-lateral ones. Read More

Glanders: Are Equine Olympic Athletes at Risk?

While the deadly disease is endemic in Brazil, animal health authorities say the Rio Games' equestrian facility is safe. Read More

Is Your Horse Ready to Learn?

Researchers found that some mental warm-up to prepare your horse to learn can go a long way toward effective training. Read More

Study: Young Foals can Learn Basic Handling Skills

Researchers found that training using learning theory principles can yield excellent results in weeks-old foals. Read More

Study Pans Equestrians' Understanding of Learning Theory

Researchers found that while many riders think they understand learning theory and its applications, few really do. Read More

How Does a Slipping Saddle Impact Rider Biomechanics?

Saddle slip can negatively impact rider balance and equine locomotion, as well as rider biomechanics, researchers found. Read More