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

New Nonsurgical Equine Sterilization Technique in the Works

While the actual product might still be several years away, researchers are currently testing "promising technologies." Read More

MSTN Gene: Not Just for Evaluating Racehorse Potential

The gene appears to affect horses' muscular ability to carry out specific gaits, such as the tolt in Icelandics. 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: Cowpox Behind Mare's Late-Term Abortion

Equine cowbox infections are extremely rare, with only two other cases ever reported. Read More

A Virus Might Help Horse Wounds Heal

Specific proteins from the 'orf' virus could help improve wound healing, scientists found, but more research is needed. Read More

Do Probiotics Help Prevent Foal Diarrhea?

The probiotic researchers tested had "disappointing" results, but not all studies have yielded negative results. Read More

Life After Laminitis

Your laminitis survivor's true prognosis depends on how you mange him after the worst is over. Read More

Scientists Find Genes Behind Crooked Legs in Shetland Ponies

A hereditary disease--skeletal atavism--leads to disturbed skeletal development and usually requires euthanasia. Read More

Is an Equine IBH Vaccine on the Horizon?

A recently developed vaccine induced high antibody levels and immune responses (signs of immunity) in naive horses. Read More

Researchers Develop Saliva-Based Equine Tapeworm Test

This could encourage the use of targeted deworming programs to help reduce parasite resistance, scientists said. Read More

Evolution of Italy's Horse Breeds Studied

Italian horses are product of diversity coming from across Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, researchers found. Read More

Can Subchondral Bone Thickness Predict Catastrophic Injury?

Researchers found that MRI images of bone thickness could provide critical information about fracture risk. Read More

What's Behind a Horse of a Different Color?

Gene variations in individual horses can result in an unexpected color for a certain breed or mating. Read More

Does Your Horse's Saddle Fit?

Having your saddle fit is paramount to your horse's comfort and soundness. Read More

Sending Signals

From biomechanical to psychological influences, what effects do we have on our horses while riding? Read More

Researchers Validate New Equine Drug-Testing Method

Scientists in Hong Kong validated a "dilute-and-shoot" test that can check for more than 40 difficult-to-detect drugs. Read More

Study: Horses Ask Humans for Help With Unsolvable Tasks

Horses faced with a problem they couldn't solve used visual and tactile signs to get human attention and ask for help. Read More

Study: Lamenesses Might Not Originate From Where You Think

Horses can appear lame in the front limb when the real lameness is the hind limb on the same side, researchers found. Read More

Genetic Mutation Behind Albino Donkeys Pinpointed

A missense mutation is behind the donkeys' lack of pigmentation, researchers learned. Read More

New Surgical Technique for Fixing Equine Shoulder Fractures

Complications are common with traditional repair, so researchers tested a plate designed for human geriatric patients. Read More

Scientists Study Body Lean in Sound Horses

Young horses leaned more than older ones with better musculoskeletal strength and coordination, scientists say. Read More

Whips Banned in Australian Harness Racing

In a groundbreaking move, racing authorities have declared a nation-wide ban on the use of whips in harness racing. Read More

Is It My Horse, or Is It Me?

We're quick to blame a horse for misbehaving, but a closer look at equine behavior might reveal we're the problem. Read More

Study: Some Horses can Learn by Watching Humans

Researchers confirmed that horses learn socially across species, in this case from familiar humans. Read More

Scientists Find Gene Behind Equine Sex Development Disorder

Androgen receptor gene mutations can make a male fetus develop as a structurally sound filly, at least on the outside. Read More