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

Researchers Test Equine Muscle Fatigue Sensor

Researchers tested electromyography for identifying equine muscle fatigue during exercise. Read More

Audiences' Effects on Horse and Rider Stress Levels

Researchers found that performing for an audience did not affect horses' stress levels compared to training. Read More

Exercises to Strengthen Equine Back Muscles, Reduce Pain

Exercising the multifidus muscles in addition to daily training could reduce equine back pain. Read More

Study: Match Personalities for Strong Horse, Woman Bond

Study finds women whose personalities match their horses' are likely to have a better equine relationship. Read More

Study: Horses More Relaxed Around Nervous Humans

One study found that horses had lower heart rates around nervous humans as compared to calm people. Read More

Footing Science for Horses

The field of footing science involves understanding how different kinds of footing affect equine health. Read More

Artificial Head, Neck Positions Effects on Horses' Breathing

Dutch scientists determined that all non-natural head and neck positions affect horses' breathing. Read More

New African Horse Sickness Recognition Regulations Adopted

Countries can now request a recognition status for African horse sickness from the OIE. Read More

Scientists See Spots on Prehistoric Horses

Using the LP allele for reference, researchers determined some prehistoric horses had spots like Appaloosas. Read More

Effect of Stressful Situations on Horses' Working Memory

Stress negatively affects horses' working memory, used in training for associating commands with actions. Read More

Researchers: Horses First Domesticated in Western Steppes

Using paleontology, archeology, and genomics, researchers identified the location of equine domestication. Read More

Heart Rate Variability to Detect Equine Transport Stress

Researchers used heart rate variability to identify stress in horses during air and ground transportation. Read More

FEI, OIE Unite to Improve High Performance Horse Transport

The groups' aim is to invoke globally standardized testing and quarantine requirements for performance horses. Read More

French Equine Influenza Outbreak Stabilizing

Only four Normandy breeding farms are under quarantine for the disease and events are continuing as planned. Read More

Heated Debate Over Potential Hot Branding Ban in Germany

If the proposal passes German horse breeders will no longer be allowed to brand their horses with a hot iron. Read More

Effects of Exercise on Young Thoroughbreds' Knees

Researchers found that foals turned out to pasture had similar joint defects as those exercised daily. Read More

Equine Influenza Hits FEI Event at La Baule, France

Show officials removed two horses from the show grounds after the animals tested positive for influenza. Read More

Equine Influenza Outbreak has FEI Competition on High Alert

No horses at the event have presented any signs of illness, but biosecurity measures have been implemented. Read More

International Movement of High-Performance Horses Discussed

International movement of horses was a major topic of discussion at the 2012 FEI Sports Forum, held last week. Read More

Horse Gaits: Sound Doesn't Equal Symmetrical

Research indicates that most sound horses' movements differ depending on direction of travel on a circle. Read More

Genomic Research for Equine Performance Indicators

A team of French researchers might be hot on the trail to genomic evaluation of performance. Read More

Researcher Evaluates Bit, Rein Interaction with Equine Mouth

Bits, nosebands, and headpieces all exert pressure on horses when riders place pressure on the reins. Read More

A Blood Test to Detect Equine IAD?

One researcher said equine IAD is associated with an increase in surfactant protein D blood levels. Read More

Rollkur: Facts, Fiction, and Horse Health Implications

New research suggests rollkur is probably no more harmful than the "standard" dressage head position. Read More

Study: Zebra Stripes Deter Horseflies

According to a recent study, a coat pattern with numerous narrow stripes deteres horseflies from landing. Read More