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 a competition stable east of Paris. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

Articles by Christa Lesté-Lasserre

ISES Releases Statement on Noseband Tightness

ISES suggested the traditional "two finger rule" should be applied with nosebands in competitions. Read More

Industry Standards for Frangible Cross-Country Jumps Defined

In order to keep the competition fair breakaway cross-country jumps must follow the new industrial standards. Read More

Horses Get Star Treatment on War Horse Set

"(Spielberg) told us from the beginning that the horse always has to be happy," one production member said. Read More

Noseband Tightness' Effect on Performance Horse Behavior

The amount of tension needed on the reins to maintain contact with the bit varies with noseband tightness. Read More

Effect of Bit Type on Performance Horses Evaluated

Regardless of the bit used, each horse's performance remained constant in the two dressage tests. Read More

Equine Welfare Monitoring System Under Evaluation

The system includes animal-based measurements developed from criteria described in scientific literature. Read More

Study Evaluates Pheromone Gel's Calming Effects on Horses

Horses treated with pheromones were less stressed during cognitive sessions after travel than untreated ones. Read More

Investigative Behavior's Influence on Horse Jumping

Investigative behavior applied to training can help jumping horses gain confidence when faced with new jumps. Read More

Heart Rate's Effect on Equine Performance

A research team found that in young horses, as heart rate increased performance quality decreased. Read More

Can Horses 'Watch and Learn'?

One experiment showed a trend suggesting it was possible, but another refuted that evidence. Read More

Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated

Conventional saddles were much more effective in distributing pressure evenly over the horse's back. Read More

Thoroughbred Stallion Jet Master Dead

Champion South African Thoroughbred racing sire Jet Master died Tuesday from complications from surgery. Read More

Association Between Racehorse Purchase Price and Earnings

In the current study 14.5% of the horses ended up winning back at least their purchase price in race earnings. Read More

Evaluating Horse, Rider Biomechanic Interaction

Researchers are learning about the kind of weight and pressure humans put on different parts of horses' bodies Read More

2011 FEI General Assembly Discusses 'Hot' Topics

Topics discussed include microchips, controversial tack, medication fines, and obligatory postmortem exams. Read More

Proposed FEI 'Blood Rule' Discussion Postponed

The FEI Bureau elected to withdraw the proposed modifications from the agenda of the 2011 General Assembly. Read More

Conventional vs. Natural Training: Which is Less Stressful?

Natural training methods produced fewer signs of stress in young horses at three important stages of training. Read More

Behavioral Differences Between Colts and Fillies Examined

Researchers found a definite trend towards fundamental gender differences in equine behavior. Read More

Hickstead's Death Remains Under Investigation

The sudden death of show jumping champion mount Hickstead could have been caused by a number of factors. Read More

Behavior of Horses With, Without Gastric Ulcers Compared

A study shows that "ulcerated" horses didn't seem to look or act significantly different from healthy horses. Read More

Could Vices in Horses be the Basis for a Legal Battle?

A researcher discusses what counts as an equine vice and where the fault might lie in a court of law. Read More

Proposed FEI 'Blood Rule' Causes Controversy

The proposed rule suggests horses with blood anywhere on their bodies during an dressage test be excused. Read More

Longeing in Neck Hyperflexion Might Not Cause Horses Stress

No significant differences in stress between horses working in hyperflexion and those that did not were noted. Read More

Researcher: Prime Equine Performance Linked to Good Welfare

Horses need good health care, and to be treated fairly and as individuals to perform at their best. Read More

Microchipping vs. Branding Horses: Which is Less Stressful?

There was no significant difference in stress levels between horses that were branded or microchipped. Read More