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

Equine JOCC Project Conclusions Revealed

Researchers confirmed what some believed all along: JOCC might be one disease, but it’s a very complex one. Read More

Is Your Horse's Water Bucket Half Full or Half Empty?

Researchers developed a test to find out whether horses are optimistic, pessimistic, or somewhere in between. Read More

Honey for Treating Horse Wounds

Honey's all the buzz in natural wound remedies, and according to recent research, it works with horses, too. Read More

Equine Osteochondrosis Terminology Revamped

A better understanding of the lesions found in growing horse skeletons has led to clearer terminology. Read More

Study Confirms Horses Respond to Negative Reinforcement

Researchers proved that horses can become "lighter" with proper negative reinforcement training. Read More

Protect Your Horse from Midges with a Sweet Itch Blanket

These special blankets keep bugs off your horse and prevent a frustrating skin condition. A Q&A. Read More

New Osteochondrosis Lesion Scoring System Developed

French researchers tested the new grading scale on 392 young horses screened for osteochondrosis. Read More

Handling Equine Disease Outbreaks

Knowledge about handling outbreaks will help ensure the best health possible for all horses involved. Read More

Positive, Negative Reinforcement in Horse Training Compared

Training efficacy and stress levels were similar in the negative and positive reinforcement groups. Read More

Some Osteochondral Lesions Could Resolve Naturally

Research shows that many radiographic findings in weanlings can change--usually for the better--within a year. Read More

Dressage Champion Rusty Euthanized

Rusty, who was 25 when he was euthanized last week, has two clones to carry on his genetic legacy. Read More

Study: T-Touch 'Positively Accepted' by Saddle Horses

Horses undergoing T-Touch exhibited fewer aggressive reactions than those experiencing massage or rest. Read More

Stress' Impact on Equine Gene Activation

Chronic stress could lead to an increased susceptibility to disease due to the activation of certain genes. Read More

Excitement, Feeling, and Attachment's Impact on Training

Training outcomes are affected by a horse's arousal state and his attachment to his trainer, scientists say. Read More

Riders' Perception of Rein Tension Studied

Study results suggest riders of all levels tend to misjudge the amount of tension they apply to their reins. Read More

Does Horses' Waste Help or Hinder the Environment?

Researchers found that horses' waste both helps and hinders the environment in different ways. Read More

Researchers Studying Haute Ecole Movement Biomechanics

Researchers are investigating the airs above the ground to help improve training and safeguard equine welfare. Read More

Hormones to Detect Overtraining in Horses

Researchers found that certain hormones could be easily detectable red flags of overtraining in horses. Read More

Osteochondrosis Field Evaluation Protocol Developed

The field protocol is designed to be low-risk, efficient, economical, and effective in identifying lesions. Read More

Study: Broodmares on Pasture Don't Always Need Grain

Lactating mares on good quality pasture didn't need grain to maintain their weight or their foals' growth. Read More

Technique for Sexing Equine Embryos Evaluated

One embryo biopsy technique yields accurate results for sex determination without serious threat to survival. Read More

700,000-Year-Old Horse's DNA Sequenced

The 700,000-year-old stallion is the oldest animal of any species to have its DNA fully sequenced. Read More

Management's Impact on Osteochondral Lesion Development

Researchers are investigating how young horse management practices can impact osteochondral lesions. Read More

Two Decades of Equine Osteochondrosis Research Reviewed

Osteochondrosis is the central topic of a special issue of the Veterinary Journal. Read More

Study: Food Rewards Can Improve Horse Training

Researchers believe positive reinforcement with food rewards helps horses in training learn better. Read More