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

Night Vision-Appaloosa Spotting Link Investigated

Appaloosas lacking in spots might be lacking in night vision. Read More

Atypical Myopathy Outbreak Survival Rate Running at 5%

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

Wealth of Equine Research Presented at Swiss Meeting

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

Horses' Grass Choices Depend on Nutritional Value

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

Atypical Myopathy Cases Discovered in Europe

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

Isolated Yearlings Learn Better, Says French Study

When a yearling is separated for a few days from other horses for practical reasons, it's a great opportunity to get in some good quality training with that youngster, according to a new study by French equine behavior researchers.

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Organic Zinc, Copper May Help Horsehair Health

Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair. Read More

Horses Undergo Pre-slaughter Stress, Study Confirms

That horses endure significant stress while waiting to be slaughtered has often been assumed. But a new study measuring stress hormone levels now confirms that theory, according to Italian researchers.

In the 45 minutes between remov Read More

Colic Diagnosis Using FLASH

A new diagnostic tool can now help equine emergency care professionals quickly diagnose colics, leading to improved pain management and more immediate surgery when indicated, according to a Belgian study.

Fast Localized Abdominal Son Read More

FEI: Sapphire's Disqualification for Protection, Not Punishment

The disqualification of Sapphire at the FEI World Cup Final in Geneva based on findings of hypersensitivity is not intended to punish but to protect, according to officials of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).

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Volcanic Ash and Equine Respiratory Health

Ash and gasses from volcano eruptions could pose breathing risks to anyone exposed, including horses. Read More

Foal Morphology: Here Come Those Legs!

We all know foals look like they’re "all legs," and new research is honing in on the physical and evolutionary advantages of that lanky morphology. It's all about keeping up with the herd, say the researchers, especially for Read More

Allergy, Parasite Link Investigated

Horses with allergic diseases, like recurrent airway obstruction, might have fewer parasites. Read More

Horse Stretching Benefits, Approaches Detailed

Horses are athletes, too, and according to research, they need that stretching as much as humans do. Read More

Researchers Reverse Temporary Immunocastration

Stallions which do not fully recover breeding capacity after temporary castration via a vaccine that works against reproductive hormone GnRH can now be assisted through daily injections of buserelin, a GnRH agonist, said European researchers.Read More

Fly Spray Effects Vary by Insect, Application

How well a fly spray kills certain insects depends on the species of the insect and length of application. Read More

New Young Horse Feeding Recommendations Based on Breed

Breed-specific growth models help fine-tune feeding recommendations for young horses in the near future. Read More

Posture, Behaviors Indicate Horse Well-Being

If a horse spends most of his time standing in the same position in his stall, would you say he's just bored? And what about a mare that threatens to bite when you approach her stall--is she vicious?

The latest behavior research Read More

TheHorse.com en Español: Revisión a Enfermedad Equina de los Pastos

Spanish translation of an article reviewing equine grass sickness (enfermedad equina de los pastos). Read More

Horse Stereotypies Vary by Discipline, Researchers Say

Some horses crib, some weave, some chew wood. Some have many in-stall habits, while others have practically none. But these equine stereotypies are not as random as they might seem. According to recent findings from an equine behavior research Read More

Racehorse Training Injuries Vary by Stable in New Study

Which kind of injury is most common to a racehorse? That all depends on who trains it and at which track, according to a group of British researchers. Their recent survey of three major Thoroughbred stables in the United Kingdom showed that the Read More

Fetal Heart Rate Measurements Aid Health Monitoring

Fetal heart rate monitoring during the second half of pregnancy can help veterinarians easily and reliably assess the health of the unborn foal, according to new research by German and Austrian veterinary scientists. However, it's unlikely to give Read More

Teaching Old Ponies New Tricks: Positive Reinforcement Effective

What's best for teaching an old pony new tricks: The carrot or the whip? Equine behavior research says carrot. Read More

Training: Positive Reinforcement Improves Horse Memory

The research team that demonstrated yearlings perform much better if their training included feed rewards as positive reinforcement is now back to let us know that positive reinforcement gets engrained in young horses' minds for the long ha Read More

The 'Skinny' on Skin Conditions

Diagnosing skin diseases is probably one of the greatest challenges to horse handlers and veterinarians alike. Thankfully, veterinary researchers are continually learning more about equine skin diseases and treatment. Read More