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

Scientists Find Genes Behind Crooked Legs in Shetland Ponies

A hereditary disease--skeletal atavism--leads to disturbed skeletal development and usually requires in 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

Researchers Reveal Chinese Horses' Origins

The modern Chinese horse originated from horses introduced to China from elsewhere, as well as local stock. Read More

Managing Pregnant Mares

How to feed, house, and even exercise your mommy-to-be. Read More

Study: Stable Studs Strategically for Better Sperm Quality

Researchers say studs have better-quality semen when housed next to other stallions before being stabled next to a mare. Read More

Feeding Ponies

Feed your roly-poly pony the way Nature intended to prevent obesity-related diseases. Read More

Does Electric Fencing Stress Horses?

Electric fencing might not cause horses extra stress, but most stay farther away from an electric fence than a wood one. Read More

Study: Manage Manure to Reduce House Fly Populations

Understanding how house flies reproduce in manure can result in fewer house flies in your barn and its surroundings. Read More

Scientists Study Segmented Navicular Bones

Some horses' navicular bones segmented into two or three parts, which can be detrimental to health and welfare. Read More