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

Anky: Salinero Won't Compete in WEG Dressage, Still Mending

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

Studies Track Horses' Movement Patterns

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

Posture of Rider and Rider Linked, Study Shows

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

Pasturing Stallions Together Can Work, Says Study

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?

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Sarcoid Development May Have Genetic Basis

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

Microbiopsy May Predict Performance

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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Computer System Helps in Foot Surgery

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

Mares Choose Genetic Diversity in a Mate

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

Study: White Markings Sell Well, Don't Impact Health

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

Pony Rescued After Falling into Well

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

Unknown Respiratory Disease Affecting Iceland's Horses

Iceland's national horse festival, the Landsmót, will continue as scheduled despite an outbreak of a yet-undiagnosed infectious respiratory disease, according to a statement from the Landsmót's executive committee and a ve Read More

Prince Harry's Polo Pony Dies

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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