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

The Healthy-Backed Horse

Learn how the all-important equine back functions and how to prevent problems from developing. Read More

Mending Equine Tendons and Ligaments

Researchers are exploring improved ways to heal these notoriously complicated soft tissue structures. Read More

New Method of Fixing Fractures in Small Equids

A special splint and cast can produce good fracture healing and pasture soundness in ponies, donkeys, and small horses. Read More

Live Donkey Fed to Tigers in Protest at Chinese Zoo

An angry shareholder pushed the donkey into the tiger enclosure in protest over a financial dispute with the zoo. Read More

Barbed Sutures Help Horses With Nephrosplenic Entrapment

Barbed sutures eliminate the need for knot-tying and distribute tension on the suture line more evenly, researchers say. Read More

How Horse Genetics Relate to Equestrian Disciplines

A scientific basis behind breeding can allow for more informed decisions as horse breeding and equestrian sports evolve. Read More

Laser Therapy: No One-Size-Fits-All for Horses

The amount of laser light reaching internal structures depends on the horse's hair and skin thickness and color. Read More

Study: Spotted Horse Coats Lost Luster in Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages sorrel horses outnumbered all other coat colors, with bay and black following close behind. 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

Scientists Study Rapidly Adaptive Horse Breed

The Yakutian horse made one of the fastest evolutionary adaptations known in large mammals, in just 800 years. Read More

How Broodmare Nutrition Affects Her Foal

Researchers found that over- and underfeeding can affect foals' bone growth, metabolism, and testicular development. Read More

Study: Wood Chips Can Improve Paddock Soil Quality

Adding absorbent, biodegradable materials to paddocks can keep water sources cleaner and favor healthy grass growth. Read More

Study Confirms Kicks From Shod Horses Can Damage Bone

Metal shoes have a greater risk of damaging bone during a kick than polyurethane shoes or barefoot feet. Read More

The Science Behind Equine Boots and Bandages

What purpose does equine legwear really serve? Here's what you need to know. Read More

Healthful Horse Barns

Consider these horse health- and safety-oriented design aspects when building or renovating your barn. Read More

The Link Between Osteochondrosis Lesions and Limb Forces

Foals with lesions had reduced peak vertical forces in the affected limb, suggesting reduced weight-bearing. Read More

New Test Could Improve EZL Diagnosis in Working Equids

The new test could lead to faster, low-cost diagnosis and enable better treatment and management. Read More

Sacroiliac Joint Pain in Horses

Sacroiliac disease can affect any horse, potentially limiting performance abilities. Read More

Risk Mitigation Strategies for High-Performance Horses

The OIE has described management "pillars" to keep most diseases at bay for high-health, high-performance horses. Read More

Deworming Drug Resistance in Ethiopian Working Horses

The study evaluated the effectiveness of ivermectin and fenbendazole, as well as owners' deworming practices. 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

Indoor Arena Dust: Damaging to Horse and Rider

Dusty arenas could be compromising your respiratory health, right along with your horse's. Read More

Are Foals of Obese Mares At Risk for Musculoskeletal Issues?

Overweight mares often produce heavier foals, which studies have shown are at-risk for musculoskeletal disorders. Read More

PAAG Showing Promise as Arthritis Pain Reliever for Horses

Researchers believe polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAAG) could have a long-lasting cushioning effect on arthritic joints. Read More

Limb Sensors for Equine Diagnostics, Performance Evaluations

Researchers say inertial measurement units could aid in more accurate veterinary diagnoses and performance evaluations. Read More