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

Mapping Future of Equestrian Sports with Equitation Science

"The road ahead is all about what science can do for the horse," one international rider says. Read More

Creating a Sustainable Equine Athlete

Paying attention to certain, sometimes minute, details can help horses enjoy longer athletic careers. Read More

FEI Adopts Dressage 'Blood Rule' at General Assembly

The rule states that any horse with "fresh blood" on its body will be definitively eliminated. Read More

Study: Cut-Out Saddle Pads Relieve Some Saddle Pressure

A cut-out patterned English appeared to have multiple benefits when compared to not using a pad. Read More

French Influenza Outbreak Traced to Irish Horse Sales

Several countries could be affected by the equine influenza virus transmitted during October horse sales. Read More

Welfare Group: FEI 'On the Right Track' in Addressing Welfare Issues

A World Horse Welfare representative spoke on the topic at the 2012 FEI General Assembly, held Thursday. Read More

Study: Horses Could have Greater Trust in Familiar Riders

One researcher relayed that study findings indicate horses might have more trust in familiar rider. Read More

FEI Working to Improve International High Performance Horse Movement

The FEI's new project will include endorsing an official biosecurity guide and promoting horse passports. Read More

Hybrid Cart Makes Pulling Loads Safer for Horses

An electrically powered hybrid cart prevents equine fatigue and makes pulling heavy loads safer for horses. Read More

Using Learning Theory Techniques in Equine Welfare Cases

One welfare group uses learning theory techniques to keep feral or neglected horses and their handlers safe. Read More

Equine Performance and Psychological Factors Linked

Paying attention to horses' psychological factors is key to ensuring success in work and mental well-being. Read More

Researchers Study Escape and Avoidance in Horse Training

Research on escape and avoidance can help trainers improve techniques to benefit horse welfare. Read More

'Learning Theory' to Improve Veterinarian Safety

"Learning theory" research could help keep vets safer when working with difficult equine patients. Read More

Dressage Stallion Totilas' Owners, Rider Face PETA Complaint

Totilas is being treated unethically and in violation of German animal welfare laws, one lawyer says. Read More

Remote-Controlled Cars Used to Study Round Pen Training

During round pen training researchers got similar results from an inanimate object as from a human. Read More

New Software Evaluates Horse, Rider Asymmetry

A software program uses video gaming technology to evaluate horse and rider asymmetry. Read More

Encourage Horses to Pass Scary Objects, Scientists Recommend

Encouraging a horse to approach a scary object led to less stress when faced with the same situation later on. Read More

Study: Trainers Consistently Evaluate Ridden Horse Behavior

Trainers were more consistent in scoring ridden horse behaviors than were equitation scientists in one study. Read More

Deceased Show Jumper Hickstead Honored with Statue

Hickstead collapsed and died last year in a Verona, Italy, jumping ring due to an aortic rupture. Read More

Study: Horse Owners Best Predictors of Equine Motivation

Researchers believe the best predictor of a horse's motivation is someone who knows the animal well. Read More

Study Evaluates Rein Tension and Horses' Rideability

The largest factor affecting a horse's rideability score was his rider's maximum and average rein tension. Read More

Researchers Test Equine Muscle Fatigue Sensor

Researchers tested electromyography for identifying equine muscle fatigue during exercise. Read More

Audiences' Effects on Horse and Rider Stress Levels

Researchers found that performing for an audience did not affect horses' stress levels compared to training. Read More

Exercises to Strengthen Equine Back Muscles, Reduce Pain

Exercising the multifidus muscles in addition to daily training could reduce equine back pain. Read More

Study: Match Personalities for Strong Horse, Woman Bond

Study finds women whose personalities match their horses' are likely to have a better equine relationship. Read More