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

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 Confirms Demonstrator Horses Can Have Calming Effect

Naive horses that watched an experienced horse perform a scary task were less fearful when it was their turn. Read More

Can We Monitor Ridden Horses' Stress Levels Objectively?

A new device determines horses' heart rate changes due to stress and "subtracts" changes due to physical activity. Read More

Researchers Study Method to Detect Equine Arthritis Early

Scientists say molecular changes to an in-joint protein layer called lubricin could indicate osteoarthritis development. Read More

Researchers Study Plant-Based Treatment for Equine Melanoma

Betulinic acid could become a safe and effective treatment for melanoma in horses, researchers said. Read More

Inbred Horses Help Scientists Identify IBH Gene Locations

Researchers studied a group of related Exmoor ponies to find the chromosomes that could carry IBH-related genes. Read More

Horse Laterality, Human Handedness, and Rein Tension

Rein tension tended to be higher when a right-handed rider rode left-lateral horses compared to right-lateral ones. Read More

Glanders: Are Equine Olympic Athletes at Risk?

While the deadly disease is endemic in Brazil, animal health authorities say the Rio Games' equestrian facility is safe. Read More

Is Your Horse Ready to Learn?

Researchers found that some mental warm-up to prepare your horse to learn can go a long way toward effective training. Read More

Study: Young Foals can Learn Basic Handling Skills

Researchers found that training using learning theory principles can yield excellent results in weeks-old foals. Read More

Study Pans Equestrians' Understanding of Learning Theory

Researchers found that while many riders think they understand learning theory and its applications, few really do. Read More

How Does a Slipping Saddle Impact Rider Biomechanics?

Saddle slip can negatively impact rider balance and equine locomotion, as well as rider biomechanics, researchers found. Read More

Are Equine Personality Traits Heritable?

Researchers studied personality trends in draft horses, Warmbloods, and draft-Warmblood-crosses to find out. Read More

Researchers Examine Horse Management, Use, and Health Risks

Researchers learned that dressage horses have the greatest risk of locomotor problems, among other findings. Read More

Does Exercise Impact Horses' Nighttime Resting Behavior?

Horses spent less time resting at night during weeks they worked than they did during weeks they didn't, scientists say. Read More

New Insight on How Surfaces Impact Horses' Limbs

Researchers found that hard surfaces, shallow footing depths, and compacted footing could increase horses' injury risk. Read More

Practicing Science-Based Horse Husbandry

Practical ways to improve your horse's welfare, based on discoveries from the growing field of equitation science. Read More

Osteochondrosis: Harmless Lesion or Permanent Problem?

Leading researchers from around the world share their findings on this common joint disease of young horses. Read More

How Equine Memory Systems Work

Which memory system a horse uses each time he learns a task depends on a variety of factors. Here's what to remember. 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

Behaviorist: Train According to Horses' Ethology, Cognition

Consider horses' unique abilities and needs to carry out welfare-friendly, efficient training, one researcher says. Read More

Understanding Herd Dynamics

What are your horses' pasture behaviors telling you and what can you do to help groups live together harmoniously? Read More

Study: Stress Impairs Horses' Learning Abilities

French researchers found that the degree of that impairment depends on training method and the individual horse. Read More

Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say. Read More

Researchers Evaluate Field Glucose Test in Ponies

Researchers hope the test will help them predict laminitis risk based on ponies' insulin responses to food. Read More