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
August 03, 2010
Rein tension, saddle and seat pressure, training rewards and reinforcement, and the evaluation of stress and emotions in riding horses were some of the main topics at this year's International Equitation Science Symposium held July 31&ndash Read More
August 01, 2010
Despite its name, white line disease does not actually affect the true "white line" of the hoof. White line disease occurs when bacterial or fungal infections creep into the inner nonpigmented space within the inner hoof wall's stratum medium layer. Read More
July 16, 2010
With the adoption of the new Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMR), effective since April 2010, the FÃ©dÃ©ration Equestre Internationale (FEI) has reinforced the concept of the Person Responsible in dopin Read More
July 12, 2010
Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) show jumping horse candidate Crelido, ridden by Michael Morrissey (USA), was abused during a WEG-qualifying event when he was "excessively whipped," and Morrissey has hence been disqualified, a Read More
July 10, 2010
Less than a week after the resolution of the legal dispute concerning World Cup mount Sapphire, ridden by McLain Ward (USA), new international guidelines for the evaluation of hypersensitivity have been issued, according to the FÃ©d&eacut Read More
July 06, 2010
Through literally hundreds of vaccinations and dewormings, 60 surgeries, nutrition training, and a nationwide farrier clinic, all from June 6-13, the Dominican Republic's horses, donkeys, and mules are once again benefiting from a new conce Read More
July 01, 2010
Two-time Olympian Marco Kutscher might not have known his horse Cornet Obolensky received injections of a prohibited substance during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, but the German equestrian was still named the "primary person responsi Read More
June 25, 2010
Researchers used a modern TEM to better understand the unique aspects of the developing horse. Read More
June 23, 2010
Two-time Olympic gold medalist dressage mount Salinero will not be competing at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games due to ongoing complications from having injured his withers, according to his owner, trainer, and rider Anky van Grunsven o Read More
June 15, 2010
Where the wild horses roam free, daily hoof tracks can be followed for miles. Now thanks to new, lightweight GPS technology, Australian researchers are no longer following tracks but recording satellite signals from various wild horse herds as well Read More
June 10, 2010
By comparing certain riding positions of amateur equestrians and the neck positions of their mounts to the kind of back pain those horses experienced while in the stall, the researchers concluded that how you ride makes a big difference in equine Read More
June 08, 2010
Behavior Quiz: If you put five breeding stallions together in an open pasture, what do you get? A) the Kentucky Derby, minus the jockeys, B) a new pro basketball team, or C) dramatic chaos?Believe it or not, according to a new study Read More
June 06, 2010
The development of sarcoids--the most frequent of equine skin tumors--appears to have a genetic basis, and Swiss researchers are now honing in on the exact genes responsible for the disease.
A new major study involving 222 horses yie Read More
May 29, 2010
A new, simple muscular microbiopsy technique can reveal important information about a horse's athletic potential as well as possible pathologies that can affect performance, according to a new study by Belgian researchers.
By ana Read More
May 28, 2010
Computer-assisted surgery (CAS) with a passive optical tracking system is the new future for repairing internal hoof fractures, providing highly accurate placement of screws and the chance for "perfect" results, according to a new stu Read More
May 27, 2010
When it comes to forming couples, do opposites really attract? Or does it boil down to chemistry? New research in Switzerland suggests that, at least for horses, both of these phenomena play into the process of selecting mates. The reactions of Read More
May 21, 2010
Breeding colorful horses, especially with various white markings, seems to breed good business without raising significant health concerns, according to Swiss researchers.
Representing the primary breed of the Swiss national stud, 97 Read More
May 20, 2010
All's well that ends well, and so it is for Cherrios, a pony who tumbled 50 feet deep into a well on May 18 and is cheerfully running around again today with his pasturemates.
"He's a very playful pony, and he probably a Read More
May 18, 2010
Iceland's national horse festival, the LandsmÃ³t, will continue as scheduled despite an outbreak of a yet-undiagnosed infectious respiratory disease, according to a statement from the LandsmÃ³t's executive committee and a ve Read More
May 14, 2010
Drizzle, a cherished polo pony belonging to the Royal Family of Wales, died during a polo match May 8 following a cardiac event, according to several sources.
The 10-year-old dark brown and white spotted mare "could not be saved Read More
May 11, 2010
Appaloosas lacking in spots might be lacking in night vision. Read More
May 09, 2010
Survival rates are low in the current European atypical myopathy outbreak, according to an alert group led by Belgian researchers.
To date, at least 49 horses have died from the disease, as opposed to only four confirmed survivals in Read More
May 04, 2010
Diseases and prevention, genetics and breeding, behavior, performance, and the horse industry made up the categories of this year's Swiss Equine Research Network Meeting held April 30 in Avenches, Switzerland.
The country's t Read More
May 04, 2010
Give your horse two choices: tall grass or low grass. Which one will he choose?
That answer depends a lot on the quality and nutritional composition of the grass, according to a new study by French researchers.
Although ho Read More
April 28, 2010
An ongoing spring outbreak of atypical myopathy has caused a reported 47 cases in Europe to date, according to an alert group led by Belgian researchers.
Reports of new cases continue to stream into the data being collected by the At Read More