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

The Veterinarian's Role in Equine Abuse Investigations

How a vet examines and treats allegedly abused horses can mean the difference between a successful or unsuccessful case. Read More

Dealing With Dystocias

A difficult birth can be life-threatening for both mare and foal if not handled promptly and properly. Read More

Soft Tissue Injuries of the Western Performance Horse's Foot

Veterinarians discuss how they diagnose and treat injuries to the collateral ligament, DDFT, navicular bursa, and more. Read More

When, Where, and How Much Frozen-Thawed Semen is Best?

Mares had higher pregnancy rates per cycle as sperm numbers and number of inseminations per cycle increased. Read More

Which Biomarkers Best Predict Late-Term Pregnancy Loss?

Scientists tested whether estradiol-17B, progesterone, alpha fetoprotein, and/or serum amyloid A could predict abortion. Read More

Managing Equine Arthritis on a Budget

Veterinarians can keep diagnostic costs lower by using as much information from routine tests as possible. Read More

Before You Breed: Costs and Considerations

Ensure your decision to breed is the right one and that you're prepared to handle the costs and commitments involved. Read More

Horse Blanketing FAQs

On or off? Hot or cold? Lightweight or heavyweight? We'll answer these questions and more. Read More

Infertility With No Cause? Try Hydrotubation of the Oviducts

Hydrotubation involves passing an endoscope through the cervix and uterus into the oviduct and flushing it with saline. Read More

Can DNA Testing Lead to Better Endometritis Treatments?

Researchers found that particular genetic types of E. coli responded to the various antibiotics differently. Read More

Biosecurity in the Breeding Shed

Biosecurity isn't just a consideration for show horses. Here are some tips on how to keep breeding stock disease-free. Read More

Diagnostic Biomarkers for Late-Term Pregnancy Loss

Researchers are exploring whether various diagnostic biomarkers could help assess fetoplacental well-being in mares. Read More

Consider Hysteroscopy During Mare Breeding Soundness Exams

Hysteroscopy involves running a flexible endoscope through the uterus to check for abnormalities. Read More

Can Alpha-Fetoprotein Help Diagnose Neonatal Disease?

Researchers found that AFP could be a useful biomarker to help assess neonatal health soon after birth. Read More

Treating Biofilms and Latent Infections in Mares

Suspect a biofilm or latent infection if bacterial endometritis is treated appropriately, but the infection persists. Read More

What Does AMH Say About Your Stallion or Mare?

Anti-Mullerian hormone is a reliable marker for cryptorchidism, granulosa-cell tumors, and, possibly, mare fertility. Read More

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