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

Saddle Pad Science

Researchers are learning how different pads stack up for keeping our horses happy and healthy under saddle. Read More

Veterinary Team Managing EHV-1 Outbreak at Badminton

Veterinary experts are managing the EHV-1 outbreak at the site of England's Badminton Horse Trials. Read More

Study: Horses Not Stressed by Inexperienced Riders

New research indicates horses' stress levels do not appear to change from one rider to another. Read More

Authorities Studying How Bute in Horsemeat Affects Humans

Authorities will evaluate of how phenylbutazone in horsemeat could affect the humans that consume it. Read More

Researchers Review Equine Sarcoidosis Cases

Seek a sarcoidosis diagnosis before starting treatments that might be useless or painful for your horse. Read More

Second Quebec Horse Euthanized Due to EHV-1

A second horse was euthanized, but currently no additional horses are showing signs of EHV-1. Read More

Microchip Safety in Horses Evaluated

Researchers are evaluating the effects and usefulness of microchips implanted into horses' bodies. Read More

European Horsemeat Scandal Continues

French authorities are finding more supply chains involved in horsemeat distribution. Read More

A Rider's Effects on Longed Horse Behavior

Riders appear to affect horses' mental stress more than their physical stress during exercise. Read More

Researchers Developing Equine Welfare Assessment Protocol

Swedish researchers are developing a research-based assessment for early detection of equine welfare issues. Read More

Hoof Angles' Impact on Lameness Examined

Research shows that various angles of the outer and inner hoof are linked to different kinds of lameness. Read More

Neurologic EHV-1 Identified in Quebec Horse

A Canadian Horse mare was euthanized before testing positive for EHV-1. More than 50 horses are quarantined. Read More

Laboratory Advances Improve Equine Doping Testing

Metabolomics and transcriptomics can provide a sort of "history" of drugs that have been in a horse's body. Read More

Dressage Rider Facing Possible Sanctions for Prohibited Substances

Isabell Werth is also contending with public fire over schooling a horse in hyperflexion. Read More

European Horsemeat Scandal Expands to Asia

Frozen prepared beef meals in Hong Kong were determined to contain horsemeat last week. Read More

Advocates Against Slaughter Protest Polish Horse Auction

Thousands of horses changed hands at the Skaryszew horse fair despite protests by animal rights activists. Read More

Austrian Dressage Rider, Trainer Fined for Using Electric Shocks in Training

The pair are accused of using electric "stun guns" in their horses' training. Read More

Horses' Inherent Response to Harsh, Soothing Tones Evaluated

Horses might not naturally understand the difference between our soft voice tones and our snippy ones. Read More

Horsemeat Supply and Demand in Europe

As the European crisis unfolds and fraudulent horsemeat sales decrease, supply could exceed demand. Read More

European Horsemeat Scandal Expands

France, Sweden, and The Netherlands have confirmed products sold within their borders could contain horsemeat. Read More

Study: Condition the Genes and the Horse for Competition

Researchers suggest horse genes need to prepare for high performance-associated stress. Read More

Aggressive Aids' Effects on Barrel Racing Horses Studied

New research shows that whipping and kicking barrel horses doesn't seem to improve race time. Read More

FEI Continues Equine Doping Crackdown in 2013

The FEI Tribunal delivered a record number of equine doping decisions during the first ten months of 2012. Read More

Horsemeat in British, Irish Hamburgers Traced to Poland

Polish food processing plants are believed to be the source of horse-tainted hamburger meat, officials say. Read More

'Limited Resource Test' to Measure Equine Social Hierarchies

A significant correlation exists between limited resource test results and field observation test results. Read More