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

Scientists Study Body Lean in Sound Horses

Young horses leaned more than older ones with better musculoskeletal strength and coordination, scientists say. Read More

Whips Banned in Australian Harness Racing

In a groundbreaking move, racing authorities have declared a nation-wide ban on the use of whips in harness racing. Read More

Is It My Horse, or Is It Me?

We're quick to blame a horse for misbehaving, but a closer look at equine behavior might reveal we're the problem. Read More

Study: Some Horses can Learn by Watching Humans

Researchers confirmed that horses learn socially across species, in this case from familiar humans. Read More

Scientists Find Gene Behind Equine Sex Development Disorder

Androgen receptor gene mutations can make a male fetus develop as a structurally sound filly, at least on the outside. Read More

Researchers Reveal Chinese Horses' Origins

The modern Chinese horse originated from horses introduced to China from elsewhere, as well as local stock. Read More

Managing Pregnant Mares

How to feed, house, and even exercise your mommy-to-be. Read More

Study: Stable Studs Strategically for Better Sperm Quality

Researchers say studs have better-quality semen when housed next to other stallions before being stabled next to a mare. Read More

Feeding Ponies

Feed your roly-poly pony the way Nature intended to prevent obesity-related diseases. Read More

Does Electric Fencing Stress Horses?

Electric fencing might not cause horses extra stress, but most stay farther away from an electric fence than a wood one. Read More

Study: Manage Manure to Reduce House Fly Populations

Understanding how house flies reproduce in manure can result in fewer house flies in your barn and its surroundings. Read More

Scientists Study Segmented Navicular Bones

Some horses' navicular bones segmented into two or three parts, which can be detrimental to health and welfare. Read More

How Long Does it Take Jumping Horses' Muscles to Recover?

Researchers found that jumping at shows two weekends in a row did not allow horses adequate muscle recovery. Read More

An Equine Simulator: The New First Horse?

Researchers say using a simulator could allow novice riders to train in a safe environment and safeguard equine welfare. Read More

Researchers Review Subchondral Bone Remodeling in Racehorses

Bone turnover in horses rested after intense training was better than in those in consistent intense work. Read More

Genetics of Professionals', Amateurs' Show Jumpers Compared

A French genetics team determined a common breeding pool is not only realistic but also preferable. Read More

Equine Stereotypies: Vice or Coping Mechanism?

Researchers are studying these behaviors and how they can affect equine health and welfare. Read More

Caring for the Colic Survivor

Special maintenance and nutrition can help your horse get back to (and stay in) good health after a colic episode. Read More

Can We Predict How Well a Horse Will Pay Attention?

Researchers developed a reliable test to help people determine each horse's unique attention ability. Read More

New Procedure Uses Wire to Help Heal a Broken Mandible

Researchers stressed the importance of postoperative diet, hygiene, and medications for a successful outcome. Read More

Study: Poor Equine Welfare, 'Pessimism' Linked

Factors such as constant individual stabling and restricted feeding can make horses less optimistic, researchers found. Read More

Researcher Shares Tips for Improving Ridden Horses' Welfare

Pay attention to signs of poor welfare and adapt your riding and training techniques to improve your horse's well-being. Read More

Novel Surgery Successful for Treating Clogged Tear Ducts

The standing procedure involves temporarily inserting tubing from the horse's tear duct into the sinus cavity. Read More

What We're Learning About Senior Horses

Hot topics include digestion, metabolism, soft tissue injuries, and inflamm-aging. Read More

Noseband Tightness in Competition Evaluated

Many nosebands were so tight that even the tip of the measuring gauge could not fit under at the frontal nasal plane. Read More