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

Research-Based Weaning Tips to Reduce Stress

Start planning early to make the transition away from mom as smooth as possible. Read More

Scent's Influence on Breeding Stallions

Study stallions bred quickest if they had the scent of urine from mares in heat on their nostrils. Read More

Study: Depressed Horses Show Lack of Attention

These horses tend to overreact to challenging situations, potentially making them dangerous for novice handlers. Read More

Moldy Hay: Bad for Horses, Bad for Humans

Certain strains of fungi found in moldy fodder can cause serious problems in both horses and handlers, scientists found. Read More

Study: Cardiac Recovery Time Identified as Heritable Trait

Selective breeding could lead to horses more tailored for endurance and improve welfare and performance, scientists say. Read More

Study: Stallion Semen Integrity Varies by Season

The month of the year appears to have a significant impact on several parameters of collected semen in stallions. Read More

Vets: Need for New AHS Vaccines 'Urgent'

African horse sickness has the potential to spread due to climate change and increased international horse movement. Read More

Researchers Working to Address Risk of AHS Spread

Climate change is creating conducive conditions for African horse sickness to spread further than it has in the past. Read More

Are Chestnut Horses Crazy? Not Necessarily, Scientists Say

But, they were more likely to display "bold" behaviors (i.e., approaching unfamiliar objects) than bay horses. Read More

Equine Earphones Could Help Horses Relax

Horses tended to recover from stress faster if they listened to classical music through specially designed headphones. Read More

Study: Some Mares Find Rectal Ultrasounds Stressful

Nonlactating Thoroughbred mares perceived transrectal ultrasound exams as modest temporary stressors. Read More

'Breeding Bonny' Could Help Students With Reproductive Exams

Researchers recently tested an equine gynecological exam simulator for its suitability in veterinary training programs. Read More

The Healthy-Backed Horse

Learn how the all-important equine back functions and how to prevent problems from developing. Read More

Researchers Break Down Horses' IBH Reactions

Some horses respond to insect bites with inflammation and itching; others react with cellular-level defense mechanisms. Read More

WWI-Era Bacteria: The Key to Eradicating Strangles?

In the battle against strangles, researchers believe they've discovered a critical genomic influence: war. Read More

Surgical Repair of Hock Fractures in Sport Horses Successful

Researchers say a screw fixation procedure can help sport horses return to function after a central tarsus fracture. Read More

Thinking Like a Horse

By gaining a better understanding of how horses associate and learn, can we train them more effectively and ethically? Read More

Study: Shelters Help Keep Flies at Bay

Researchers found providing a climate-appropriate shelter in the summer can provide horses with shade and insect relief. Read More

iPads for Horses? Touch-Screen Technology in Equine Research

Touch-screen computers could remove the risk of human influence in research on equine decision-making and actions. Read More

Peat Gets Thumbs Up as Horse Bedding

Peat might not be pretty, but study results suggest it might be better for your horse's health than wood shavings. Read More

National Stud at Newmarket Quarantined for EHV- 1

The affected filly is receiving veterinary care and is expected to make a full recovery. Read More

Indoor Arena Dust: Damaging to Horse and Rider

Dusty arenas could be compromising your respiratory health, right along with your horse's. Read More

Navigating Barriers: Can Horses Watch and Learn?

While equine social learning might be possible in some situations, it doesn't seem to work with spatial detour tasks. Read More

Is Sustainability a Heritable Trait in Thoroughbreds?

While environmental factors, such as nutrition and training, shape sustainability, genetics influence it, as well. Read More

Researchers Study the Biomechanics of Collection

Scientists studied the kinematics of both horse and rider to better understand exactly what goes on during collection. Read More