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

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

Study Confirms Horses 'Talk' to Human Handlers

New research has revealed that horses do, in fact, try to intentionally communicate with us to achieve certain goals. Read More

Conditioning Young Horses

Before your young horse begins full-scale training, he can benefit greatly from physical conditioning. Read More

OIE's New Priorities Include Working Equid Health, Welfare

Improving working equids' health and welfare could help them work longer and better to the benefit of their owners. Read More

Do Domestic Mares Abort Fetuses to Protect Them? Maybe

Researchers determined that pregnant mares can abort their fetuses as a stress response to prevent future infanticide. Read More

Advocates Concerned about Blindfolded Bull-Fighting Horses

This practice, some international welfare organizations say, puts the horse in a vulnerable position for injury. Read More

Can a Smartphone Help Diagnose Subtle Lamenesses?

Gait analysis applications on a smartphone can give reliable data to help detect hind limb lameness issues in horses. Read More

Study: Nosebands Can Cause Horses Stress

Signs of stress dissipated as soon as the crank nosebands came off, suggesting that the horses' welfare was compromised. Read More