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

Study: Oxytocin Does Not Cause Cardiac Changes in Mares

This is good news, researchers say, since oxytocin infusion is the best treatment for retained placenta in mares. Read More

Unsound and Overweight Horses

Find out how you can keep your metabolically efficient horse healthy when he's laid up with injury or chronic illness. Read More

How Horse Personality Impacts Learning

A link between equine personality and cognition style could impact how we train and manage individual horses. Read More

New Navicular Bursa Injection Technique Validated

The ultrasound-guided technique allowed vets to see the needle enter the navicular bursa without hoof-wall interference. Read More

Researchers Use GPS to Study Mare and Foal Movement

Scientists examined how the pairs' spatial distance evolve between each other, as well as between other herd members. Read More

Could Horses Aid in Invasive Plant Control?

Researchers say horses could help control some invasive species while maintaining good body weight. Read More

Scientists Study How Hard Horses Kick

Knowing those forces could pave the way for safer stables and interactions with (and between) horses, researchers say. Read More

Life After Laminitis

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

Caring for the Equine Colic Survivor

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

Bits and Breathing: What's the Relationship?

Mouth-gaping caused by bit pain could make it difficult for horses to breath, researchers say. Read More

Scientists Work to Measure Equine Back Pain Objectively

Objective measurements can lead to more targeted therapy and provide a basis for comparison as the horse improves. Read More

High-Tech Equine Research

Find out how equine researchers are using the latest gadgets and gizmos to diagnose lameness, collect data, and more. Read More

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