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

Are You Riding a Lame Horse?

Nearly 75% of horses in a recent study had significant motion asymmetry, but were sound according to their owners. Read More

Avoiding Antimicrobial Resistance in Hospitalized Horses

Resistant infections were most common in horses coming out of surgery and that have had previous antibiotic treatment. Read More

Freezing Equine Embryos is Getting More Practical

Study results revealed promising pregnancy rates with embryos that weren't frozen in a laboratory but in a barn. Read More

From the Ground Up

Safe and smart groundwork can help build the foundation for a confident, well-behaved horse. Read More

Researchers Connect the Dots on Spotted Coat Color Genetics

Base coat color and horse sex appear to play significant roles in spotting patterns, researchers learned. Read More

Study Confirms Common Shoeing Interval Benefits Horses

The traditional four- to six-week interval aligns perfectly with what's going on physiologically in the horse's hoof. Read More

Blood Test Misses Mark for Diagnosing Equine Gastric Ulcers

Still, the researchers say they hope continued research on the topic will make equine gastric ulcers easier to diagnose. Read More

Which Horse Bedding Is Best?

Scientists sought an answer but found there's no perfect bedding for all situations. Each has benefits and drawbacks. Read More

Getting Ahead of Gene Doping in Racehorses

Gene doping's effects, good or bad, remain unclear. It might not affect performance and could have serious side effects. Read More

Gene Mutation: No Performance Effect in Coldblooded Trotters

The "Gaitkeeper" gene mutation has been linked to success in trotting races in Standardbreds. Read More

Study: Many Riders Don't Groom Horses Properly or Safely

Riders evaluated exhibited an average of six dangerous behaviors in a single grooming session, researchers found. Read More

Scientists Study Horse, Human Heart Coupling

Researchers have learned that horses and humans tend to align their physiological responses to emotional stimulations. Read More

Heritable Heart Traits Can Help Endurance Horses Succeed

An "athletic" heart is a heritable characteristic that's favorable good endurance performance, researchers confirmed. Read More

French Equestrian Federation Hires Equine Welfare Manager

Deborah Bardo, MSc, has been charged with overseeing horse welfare within the French Equestrian Federation. Read More

The Science Behind the Equine 'Biological Passport'

Horses' RNA could contain clues about even the sneakiest substance abuse cases, researchers have learned. Read More

Does 'Performance Dentistry' Improve Horse Rideability?

Dentistry--including balanced alignment of the teeth and jaws--is an important part of good horse health and welfare. Read More

Most Riding Horse Fractures Result From Pasture Accidents

The most common fracture sites in competition and leisure horses were the medial splint bone and the head. Read More

Grasping Insulin Resistance in Horses

Two leading researchers explain insulin's effects on the body and how to manage the IR horse. Read More

Study: Horse Hoof Problem Prevalence High

Out of nearly 1,000 randomly chosen horses, 85% had at least one hoof disorder visible during a regular farrier visit. Read More

Equine OCD: Harmless Bone Lesion or Permanent Problem?

Leading researchers from around the world share their findings on this common joint disease of young horses. Read More

Mild, Moderate EIPH Not Associated With Race Performance

However, more severe bleeding in the lungs was significantly associated with decreased racing performance. Read More

Equine Sex Chromosome Disorder Screening Test Validated

Researchers can now detect more than 90% of the chromosomal abnormalities in horses, including sex reversal syndrome. Read More

Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

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

Resistance Bands Help Strengthen Horses' Core Muscles

After four weeks of resistance band training, horses showed less unwanted vertebral movement along the back. Read More

Scientists Study 'Silent' EIA

Researchers say horses can carry EIA's causative virus for up to two years without a blood test returning positive. Read More