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

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

Researchers Examine Ancient Stallions' Genetic Diversity

New research indicates that ancient stallions were far more genetically diverse before domestication. Read More

Feral Horses' Effects on Pine Trees and Grasses

Researchers found that pine trees flourished in areas feral horses roamed while some grasses struggled . Read More

Study: 'Nanny' Horses Reduce Weaning Stress for Foals

Researchers found that the presence of "nanny" mares reduced the amount of weaning stress foals experienced. Read More

Stem Cell-PRP Combination Effective in Treating Lesions

A stem cell-PRP combination could be more effective than either therapy alone for treating soft tissue lesions Read More

Researchers Examine One-Sided Imprint Training

Research indicates that one-sided imprint training is not might not be as beneficial as once thought. Read More

Dutch Girl Contracts MRSA from Friesian Foal, Recovers

A Dutch girl recovered after having supposedly acquired an antibiotic-resistant staph infection from her foal. Read More

Canadian Wild Horses at Center of Controversy

A logging company claims feral horses are damaging seedlings and acting aggressively toward workers. Read More

Przewalski Horse Numbers Dwindling near Chernobyl

Herds of Przewalski horses in the Chernobyl disaster area are dwindling, possibly due to human predation. Read More

French EVA Outbreak Stabilizing

A stallion, several mares, and a foal have tested positive for equine viral arteritis at two French Lusitano Read More

Cooled Shipped Semen Quality Impacted by Collection Centers

When it comes to the quality of cooled shipped semen for artificial insemination (AI), all semen collection centers are not equal. They're far from it, in fact, according to a new study by Austrian researchers. The huge variation in the quality Read More