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

Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus Found in Neurologic Horse

The virus once thought to be inert in horses was identified in a neurologic Brazilian horse, researchers say. Read More

Piro-Like Syndrome Making Waves in France

French scientists are researching how to prevent the spread of an equine disease they've termed "piro-like." Read More

How Ireland is Managing its Unwanted Horses

Researchers are establishing trends and seeing a clearer picture of Ireland's unwanted horse population. Read More

Researchers Link Red Complex Bacteria, EOTRH

The presence of red complex bacteria could be a red flag for impending tooth reabsorption, researchers say. Read More

Countdown to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Our intrepid international reporter offers a look into the excitement surrounding WEG in Normandy. Read More

Researchers Link Behaviors with Type, Intensity of Emotions

Researchers developed a scale to identify the valence (positive or negative) and intensity of equine emotions. Read More

Managing Your Farm's Parasite Portfolio

One researcher says "parasite portfolio" monitoring could lead to fewer adult horses needing deworming. Read More

Methods to Reduce Feeding Time Aggression Studied

Increasing the distance between horses and time spent eating might help reduce feeding time aggression. Read More

Study: Filly Survives Colic Caused by Porcupine Quill

An Andalusian filly underwent two surgeries to repair intestinal damage caused by a swallowed porcupine quill. Read More

Are Exotic Pets a Disease Risk to European Horses?

Exotic pets could carry foreign vector-borne diseases that can be deadly to horses, French researchers say. Read More

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