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

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

Seven Ponies Dead from R. equi Outbreak in Mayotte

Seven ponies have died at an equestrian center located on the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte. Read More

Europe Sees Multiple Outbreaks of EIA

Outbreaks of equine infectious anemia (EIA) have recently occurred in three European countries and are current Read More

Researchers Identify Ancestral Mother of Modern Horses

"Equine Eve," the ancestral mother of all modern horses, probably lived about 140,000 years ago. Read More

Northern Ireland Drafts Equine Welfare Codes

A key change in the 2011 Act is that action can now be taken by authorities to prevent a horse from suffering. Read More

ISES Releases Statement on Noseband Tightness

ISES suggested the traditional "two finger rule" should be applied with nosebands in competitions. Read More

Industry Standards for Frangible Cross-Country Jumps Defined

In order to keep the competition fair breakaway cross-country jumps must follow the new industrial standards. Read More

Horses Get Star Treatment on War Horse Set

"(Spielberg) told us from the beginning that the horse always has to be happy," one production member said. Read More

Noseband Tightness' Effect on Performance Horse Behavior

The amount of tension needed on the reins to maintain contact with the bit varies with noseband tightness. Read More

Effect of Bit Type on Performance Horses Evaluated

Regardless of the bit used, each horse's performance remained constant in the two dressage tests. Read More

Equine Welfare Monitoring System Under Evaluation

The system includes animal-based measurements developed from criteria described in scientific literature. Read More

Study Evaluates Pheromone Gel's Calming Effects on Horses

Horses treated with pheromones were less stressed during cognitive sessions after travel than untreated ones. Read More

Investigative Behavior's Influence on Horse Jumping

Investigative behavior applied to training can help jumping horses gain confidence when faced with new jumps. Read More

Heart Rate's Effect on Equine Performance

A research team found that in young horses, as heart rate increased performance quality decreased. Read More