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
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.
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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
April 26, 2010
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.
April 23, 2010
Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair. Read More
April 22, 2010
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
April 22, 2010
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
April 20, 2010
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 FÃ©dÃ©ration Equestre Internationale (FEI).
April 16, 2010
Ash and gasses from volcano eruptions could pose breathing risks to anyone exposed, including horses. Read More
April 09, 2010
We all know foals look like theyâ€™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
April 01, 2010
Horses with allergic diseases, like recurrent airway obstruction, might have fewer parasites. Read More