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 Mares With Constant Forage Access More Fertile?

Conception rates were 47% higher in mares with constant forage access compared to those without. Read More

Monitor Mares' Progesterone Levels before Inducing Labor

Monitoring progesterone levels is a practical way to accurately time labor induction, researchers say. Read More

Researchers Link Gene Mutation to All Gaited Breeds

Researchers found the so-called Gait Keeper gene mutation in different gaited breeds across the planet. Read More

FEI Seeks to Improve Vaulting Horse Welfare

As vaulters' movements become more complex, the horse's continued welfare is an important issue for the FEI. Read More

How do Equine Dewormers Impact the Environment?

Researchers investigated equine parasite control practices and how local insect populations were faring. Read More

Researchers Mature Equine Oocytes in Laboratory

Researchers took a step toward improving assisted reproduction by successfully maturing oocytes in a lab. Read More

'Minimalist' Endurance Saddle's Biomechanics Studied

The team found that it took the horse less time to finish a race in minimalist tack than in traditional tack. Read More

Surrogate Mares' Impact on Embryo Transfer Foals Evaluated

Researchers found size and metabolic marker differences in half-siblings gestated in mares of different sizes. Read More

What Makes Horses More or Less Likely to Miss Training Days?

Factors such as the animal's history appear to make horses more or less likely to miss training days. Read More

Researchers Study the Genetics of Heaves

Heaves appears to have a genetic basis, but one that varies between horses, Swiss researchers say. Read More

Yeast Appears to Benefit Foals' Intestinal Flora

Researchers believe live yeast supplementation could give a foal's digestive system a better start in life. Read More

Opening Windows for Equine Social Interaction

Open windows between stalls encouraged positive social behavior and less aggression and boredom. Read More

Methods of Measuring Equine Tendons on MRI Studied

Researchers say MRI-based measurements analyzed using a color scale are more accurate than grayscale images. Read More

Study: Owners Might Miss Signs of Equine Back Pain

Caretakers drastically underestimated how many horses in their care suffered from back pain in a recent study. Read More

New Approach for Viewing Equine Kidneys with Ultrasound

Veterinarians say translumbar ultrasound is an easier and more accurate way to obtain kidney measurements. Read More

Study: Human Interaction Shapes Horses' Negative Emotions

One researcher says horses' negative emotions can be a direct result of how they are trained and managed. Read More

Insulin Sensitivity Compared among Breeds

Researchers confirmed that metabolic differences exist between breeds, even if equids aren't overweight. Read More

Did The Silk Roads Help Shape Equine Genetics?

The Silk Roads opened the door for intercultural horse trading and breeding, researchers found. Read More

Anti-Doping Regulation Challenges in International Racing

Anti-doping regulations can vary, sometimes significantly, from one country to another. Read More

Examining Eye Issues in Silver Dapple Horses

Researchers found that ultrasound is a practical tool for investigating MCOA in silver dapple horses. Read More

Study: Owners Might be Missing Equine Welfare Issues

French researchers recently observed that many people are missing signs of poor welfare in their horses. Read More

Bornavirus Antibodies Detected in Horses in Iceland

This marks the first time veterinarians have identified antibodies against bornavirus in horses in Iceland. Read More

Researchers Test 'Composite Pain Scale' for Horses

The scale includes common behaviors often seen in horses suffering from abdominal or musculoskeletal pain. Read More

Equine WNV Spread across Central Europe Investigated

Conditions, such as flooding and high temperatures, could contribute to WNV's spread, one researcher says. Read More

Study: Tongue Ties Appear to Benefit Racehorses

Researchers say that if they're applied correctly, tongue ties don't appear to cause horses stress or pain. Read More