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

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

Could Air-Dried Semen Produce Equine Embryos?

Researchers determined that air-dried sperm can be kept for up to four weeks before being used to produce an embryo. Read More

Researchers Develop Online Tool to Help Make Farms Safer

Scandinavian researchers created a stable management tool designed to keep both horses and humans as safe as possible. Read More

Old World Viruses 'New' Cause of Equine Neurologic Disease

Sindbis virus and Middelburg virus have been causing problems in a surprising number of horses, researchers found. Read More

Can Stalled Stallions Interact Socially?

Stallions with access to each other through stall walls interacted frequently with a "surprisingly low" injury rate. Read More

Group or Individual Horse Housing: Which is Less Stressful?

Horses in the group housing situation had fewer stress indicators than those stalled individually, researchers found. Read More

Limiting Race Training Distances Can Reduce Injury Risk

Standardbreds training over shorter distances lost fewer training days to injury, but still raced successfully. Read More

Do Riders Maintain Consistent Rein Pressure?

A rider's rein tension can vary within the same stride, which could have equine welfare repercussions, researchers said. Read More

Study: Low-Ranking Horses Harbor More Parasites

Researchers found a distinct link between dominance rank and parasite load in horses that had never been dewormed. Read More

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