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

Device for Studying Horses' Lying Down Behavior Tested

The device could allow researchers to evaluate normal--and abnormal--lying behavior and how it relates to welfare. Read More

Could Milk Thistle and Silymarin Prevent Laminitis?

Recent studies suggest these two agents could help counteract the effects of endotoxins on lamellar tissue. Read More

Equine Food Allergy Testing Evaluated

Researchers recently determined that some standard laboratory and commercial allergy tests for horses are not reliable. Read More

Study: Genetic Differences in Racing, Cutting Quarter Horses

Researchers identified specific genes that distinguish racing-type Quarter Horses from cutting-type Quarter Horses. Read More

Study: Pawing Could be Indicative of Discomfort

Pawing could be a learned behavior that might reflect an effort to ease pain in the limbs or abdomen, researchers said. Read More

10 Early Warning Signs of Laminitis

Your horse's best chance of overcoming this hoof disease might lie in your ability to catch it early. Read More

Study: Feed Young Horses According to Birth Date

Your foal's "official" birthday might be Jan. 1, but consider his actual age when devising a diet, researchers say. Read More

Australian Racehorse Wastage Evaluated

Researchers believe improved training and breeding could lead to reduced wastage and more "viable" horses. Read More

Vets Test Optical Coherence Tomography in Horse Joints

This new technique could allow veterinarians to better evaluate equine joint cartilage. Read More

Microneedles Help Lidocaine Permeate Through Horse Skin

Pretreating an area with microneedles resulted in a 170% increase in the amount of lidocaine that permeated the skin. Read More

The Incredible Equine Neck

From perils to preservation tactics: How your horse can hurt his neck and ways to prevent injury. Read More

Feeding Ponies

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

Researchers Study Near-, Farsightedness in Horses

While two-thirds of horses have normal vision in both eyes, others are either near- or farsighted in one or both eyes. Read More

How Researchers Track Equine Influenza Virus

Keeping on top of changes to the equine influenza virus is critical to keeping vaccines up-to-date. Read More

Standardizing Equitation Science Research

One researcher says it's important to reach a consensus on how to conduct equitation science research. Read More

Equine Venereal Disease

Equine sexually transmitted diseases can affect pregnancy outcomes and breeding stock welfare. Read More

Has Horsepox Gone Extinct?

After studying horsepox's impact on a smallpox vaccine, one scientist says the disease appears to be extinct. Read More

Elastic Rein Inserts' Impact on Communication and Training

Researchers say elastic rein inserts could interfere with effective communication and training. Read More

Study: Epistaxis Has 'Complex Hereditary Basis'

Environment also to blame in exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage cases so severe that horses bleed from the nostrils. Read More

Researchers Evaluate Riding School Horse Health

Lack of pasture time and advancing age were the prime culprits behind lesson horse health problems. Read More

Getting Equitation Science Research Into the Real World

As knowledge in this field advances, researchers hope to share findings with horse owners via veterinarians. Read More

Do Horses Prefer Patting or Scratching?

Recent study results lead researchers to believe a scratch wins over a pat as a more effective reward. Read More

Does Your Sport Horse Have a Huge Heart? He Might!

Often called the "athlete's heart," an enlarged heart in a horse is frequently accompanied by murmurs and arrhythmias. Read More

Researchers Evaluate Equine Stress Levels at Competitions

Cortisol levels were higher during a competition than at home, and they continued rising throughout the event. Read More

Factors Contributing to Cross-Country Falls Evaluated

The only variable researchers could link with the likelihood of falling was competitive rank going into cross-country. Read More