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
September 27, 2009
Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is proving highly effective in preventing laminitis and reducing the severity of laminitis following colic surgery, according to Belgian researchers.
Prior to the study period, more than 10% of colic Read More
August 26, 2009
Brazilian researchers are working towards understanding heat tolerance in horses. Read More
August 25, 2009
A once-paralyzed foal is now up and running about with the help of an equine "walker" following a groundbreaking surgery to remove a cyst from the spinal cord, according to the treating veterinarians in Belgium.
The Boulonnais draft horse Read More
August 19, 2009
Do you ever feel like your horse might be watching your every move? He very well might be, according to a new behavior study by British scientists. Their research indicates that horses are highly sensitive to the attention we attribute to them, Read More
August 12, 2009
Saddle pads might help reduce painful pressure on a horse's back caused by ill-fitting saddles, but the ideal pad will vary from horse to horse and from saddle to saddle, according to a new study by Austrian researchers.
Optimum pressure Read More
August 09, 2009
Two horses in France died from complications following a rare, but ferocious, attack by domestic honeybees. Read More
August 06, 2009
A horse died and its owner fell unconscious within seconds of falling into decomposing green seaweed along the northern coast of Brittany, France, last week, according to several sources.
Vincent Petit, DVM, PhD, said he was hand-leading Read More
August 02, 2009
Four horses have been euthanized and a fifth horse is recumbent following an outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in a boarding stable in northern France, according to the treating veterinarian. Quarantine has been established and will Read More
July 09, 2009
Respiratory disease in horses can be accurately assessed through laboratory evaluation of respiratory fluids, according to a new review by French and Belgian researchers.
When combined with clinical examinations, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL Read More
June 27, 2009
Horses might serve as good management tools for pastures moderately polluted by trace elements, according to Spanish researchers. And provided the animals receive adequate, systematic monitoring through biological sampling, they can be kept on Read More
May 28, 2009
Advances in screw and plate technology are leading to improved clinical and aesthetic results in the treatment of even the most complicated jaw fractures, according to Swiss researchers.
By using the new locking compression plate (LCP) Read More
April 14, 2009
What type of impact do various terrains actually have on the health of a horse's hooves and legs? French researchers are using a highly sensitive 3-D dynamometric shoe and other instruments to give unprecedented insight into the biomechanical Read More
April 04, 2009
When ingested, small wires can wreak havoc in the equine digestive system. They might even cause different segments of the tract to fuse together, leading to painful and usually fatal consequences, according to South African and American Read More
February 25, 2009
As uncontrolled bushfires continue to sweep through the Australian state of Victoria, horse health and rescue aid associations are working round the clock to keep up with the expanding need for emergency equine care.
The fires have Read More
February 20, 2009
Remember back when that umbrella popped open and spooked your horse? That might have been five or even 10 years ago, but new research into equine long-term memory (LTM) shows that your horse probably remembers those events just as well as you do Read More
February 07, 2009
Heart disease isn't just for the aging or overworked horse. Read More
February 03, 2009
Sand's heavy, abrasive nature makes it worth specific investigation when it comes to impaction in the equine intestine, according to a group of Israeli researchers who conducted a 12-year review of horses undergoing surgery to relieve Read More
January 21, 2009
When we got a call from our boarding stable, we weren't expecting to hear the word "ataxia." Read More
November 02, 2008
Young horses are more susceptible to the dangers of tetanus than their older counterparts and are at a greater risk of death due to the disease, according to recent study carried out by Belgian researchers at the University of Liege.
Their Read More
July 30, 2008
Allegedly lacking an adequate supply of carcasses, vultures in the Pyrenees mountains of France and Spain have been blamed for attacks on newborn foals and other livestock, according to several French news sources, including Read More
June 30, 2008
A new sterilization technique that leaves a stallion's testicles in place but nonfunctioning might provide a safe, simple, and reliable alternative to traditional castration methods, according to Iranian researchers.
In the Read More
April 30, 2008
If you have a horse of a different color, chances are your horse knows it--although he might not be able to say if he's red or green.
New physiological and behavioral research by various teams across the globe has added weight to the Read More
April 03, 2008
Although the stress of exposition environments might be unavoidable, according to several exposition professionals, its effects on horses can be reduced through careful selection of the horses that will be participating and management at the event. Read More
March 29, 2008
Nearly a dozen velvety black Ariègeois broodmares and an approved stallion roam and graze freely across a 120-acre pasture in the French Massif Central hills. These horses are the foundation of Nathalie and Xavier Niaux's Domaine de Merens de Read More
March 28, 2008
Suffering dramatic drops in numbers of registered animals, several European draft horse breed societies are coming up with targeted promotional campaigns in order to keep their breeds alive.
In England, the critically endangered Suffolk is Read More