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 a competition stable east of Paris. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

Articles by Christa Lesté-Lasserre

Study: Human Interaction Shapes Horses' Negative Emotions

One researcher says horses' negative emotions can be a direct result of how they are trained and managed. Read More

Insulin Sensitivity Compared among Breeds

Researchers confirmed that metabolic differences exist between breeds, even if equids aren't overweight. Read More

Did The Silk Roads Help Shape Equine Genetics?

The Silk Roads opened the door for intercultural horse trading and breeding, researchers found. Read More

Anti-Doping Regulation Challenges in International Racing

Anti-doping regulations can vary, sometimes significantly, from one country to another. Read More

Examining Eye Issues in Silver Dapple Horses

Researchers found that ultrasound is a practical tool for investigating MCOA in silver dapple horses. Read More

Study: Owners Might be Missing Equine Welfare Issues

French researchers recently observed that many people are missing signs of poor welfare in their horses. Read More

Bornavirus Antibodies Detected in Horses in Iceland

This marks the first time veterinarians have identified antibodies against bornavirus in horses in Iceland. Read More

Researchers Test 'Composite Pain Scale' for Horses

The scale includes common behaviors often seen in horses suffering from abdominal or musculoskeletal pain. Read More

Equine WNV Spread across Central Europe Investigated

Conditions, such as flooding and high temperatures, could contribute to WNV's spread, one researcher says. Read More

Study: Tongue Ties Appear to Benefit Racehorses

Researchers say that if they're applied correctly, tongue ties don't appear to cause horses stress or pain. Read More

Does Breeding Impact Stallions' Performance Under Saddle?

Researchers confirmed that collecting semen from riding stallions has no negative effect on performance. Read More

Equine Body Type's Effect on Endurance Performance Studied

Researchers found that typical endurance-horse form and structure have little to do with racing success. Read More

WEG 2014: Taking Normandy by Storm

Get a preview of what's to come when France hosts the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Read More

Paget Stripped of Burghley Title after Doping Scandal

Jonathan Paget's horse Clifton Promise tested positive for the tranquilzer reserpine at last year's event. Read More

Researchers Digging Deeper into African Horse Sickness

Scientists are turning to a genetic level of understanding and fighting African horse sickness. Read More

Keeping Stallions' Genital Microflora in Check

Using proper and sterile management techniques can help ensure genital microflora do not affect semen quality. Read More

Study: Younger Horses Appear Able to Learn by Watching

Younger, lower-ranking, and more curious horses are most likely to exhibit social learning, researchers say. Read More

Mini-Microchips for Horses Get Thumbs Up

Researchers recently tested a "mini-microchip" that's roughly 70% the size of the standard microchip. Read More

Eventing Champion Headley Britannia Euthanized

Headley Britannia was euthanized April 1 after a cross-country schooling accident. She was 21. Read More

Study: Joint Injections have Low Risk of Synovial Sepsis

When careful aseptic techniques are used for joint injections, the risk of infection is low, researchers say. Read More

Equine Pastern Vasculitis Still Puzzling Researchers

Despite intense research, scientists haven't uncovered anything reassuring about pastern vasculitis. Read More

Seminal Plasma Removal Not Needed for All Stallions

While seminal plasma removal can stabilize sperm before cooling, that stability didn't affect pregnancy rates. Read More

Therapeutic Riding Horse Health

Like any equine athlete, therapy horses require specialized training, care, and management. Read More

Kinematics of Riders' Hands and Horses' Mouths Studied

How we use our reins might give our horses signals we don't mean. Read More

Girth Pressure's Impact on Equine Performance

Researchers created a new girth shape that curves around the primary high-pressure area. Read More