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

Linseed Oil, Vitamin E Help Improve Cooled Semen Quality

Adding these supplements to stallions' diets could help counteract the phenomenon of lower sperm quality in the winter. Read More

French Slaughterhouse Closes Amid Animal Cruelty Allegations

In an unprecedented move in a country known for its hippophagia, public pressure led to a slaughterhouse's closure. Read More

Switzerland Bans Draw Reins From Jumping Competitions

To protect equine welfare, the Swiss equestrian federation has banned draw reins, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Read More

Standing Laryngoplasty Cheaper, Safer Than Classic Method

A procedure to correct a paralyzed larynx has fewer risks if it's performed in a standing horse, French researchers say. Read More

Fossilized Mare Sheds Light on Reproductive Tract Evolution

Scientists say the equine reproductive tract has undergone surprisingly little evolution over the past 48 million years. Read More

Training a Zorse: A Learning Theory Exercise

A trainer shares how he used learning theory principles to train a half-zebra with "complicated instinctive behavior." Read More

How Prevalent are Lice in African Horses?

Recent research revealed a high incidence of equine lice infestations, especially in saddle horses. Read More

Researchers Review Impaction Colic Cases

Most impaction colics studied (53.4%) resolved without treatment or with simple medical therapy on the first visit. Read More

Equine WNV Cases Reported in Southern France

Two horses have been euthanized and dozens more quarantined in a rare West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak in France. Read More

Equine Influenza Hits Malaysia

Officials believe international horse transport is behind the country's first influenza outbreak in nearly 40 years. Read More

Managing Young Horses

Care for horses under the age of 4 with their future health and performance in mind. Read More

'Gait Keeper' Gene Mutation Found in Trotting Horses

Researchers say the 'Gait Keeper' gene appears to be responsible for trotters' success in harness racing. Read More

Foals and CPR: What You Should Know

If you administer CPR to a foal that's not breathing in time, your baby could be one of the 40-90% that fully recover. Read More

French Researchers Work to Improve Horse Health, Welfare

The Hippolia Foundation unites equine research groups for better progress, improved funding opportunities, and more. Read More

Study Examines Method to Reduce Pawing Frequency

It's all about teaching him that if he does something else--even standing still--he'll get a reward, researchers say. Read More

Is That Horse Happy or Sad? His Whinny Will Tell

Researchers say it appears horses can transmit their emotions through their whinnies. Read More

Researchers Identify Wither Height Gene in Shetlands

A particular variant within the HMGA2 gene appears to be related to height determination, scientists determined. Read More

Exmoor Ponies Help Revamp the Czech Republic's Landscape

The researchers hope the ponies help restore the land to the rich and productive territory it was before World War II. Read More

Does Cribbing Help Horses Cope With Stress During Training?

Cribbers allowed to crib during training had reduced stress levels than when they're not allowed to, researchers found. Read More

Maintain Health, Prepare Properly for a Sustainable Athlete

Horses could be more sustainable athletes if riders condition them better and monitor their health and fitness often. Read More

Researchers Study Horses' Facial Expressions

Horses are capable of a wide range of facial expressions that aren't so different from those of humans and chimpanzees. Read More

Do Western Saddles Distribute Pressure Evenly?

While Western saddles had uneven pressure distribution, study horses showed no signs of saddle-related discomfort. Read More

Frightening Stimuli: Does Distance or Direction Matter?

It doesn't matter where a scary object comes from--if it's going to scare the horse, it's going to scare the horse. Read More

Glanders Detected at 2016 Olympic Equestrian Facilities

A horse at the site tested positive in April, but officials say the diagnosis isn't necessarily cause for concern. Read More

Dopamine and Horses: Learning, Stereotypies, and More

Without dopamine, horses wouldn't learn. But with too much, they can develop stereotypies. Here's what you need to know. Read More