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

How Researchers Judge Horses' Temperaments

Learn about the "Complete Temperament Test," which is designed to measure five dimensions of equine personality. 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

Researchers Develop Artificial Equine Skin

This artificial skin for horses could help vets manage wounds, burns, and other ailments, the investigators said. Read More

Researchers Review Subchondral Bone Remodeling in Racehorses

Bone turnover in horses rested after intense training was better than in those in consistent intense work. 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

Young Horse Health, Conformation Impacts Career Longevity

Good health and soundness in 4- to 5-year-olds goes a long way in keeping horses performing long-term, researchers said. Read More

Whip Use in Horse Racing Debated

Equitation scientists and a national racing authority share their differing opinions on whip use and horse welfare. Read More

Researchers Review Gastrocnemius Muscle Rupture in Foals

A rupture to this hind leg muscle can be fatal. Here's what to watch for in young foals. Read More

Man Allegedly Behind Horsemeat Scandal On Trial

A Dutch meat trader is allegedly behind the scandal in which horsemeat was sold as beef throughout Western Europe. Read More

Study: Zebra Stripes Could Confuse Predators

Researchers said zebras' stripes seem to confuse lions and other predators by creating distracting visual illusions. Read More

Embryo Transfer: From One Mare to Another

The technology behind equine embryo transfers means exciting assisted reproduction options are on the horizon. Read More

Device for Studying Horses' Lying Down Behavior Tested

The device could allow researchers to evaluate normal--and abnormal--lying behavior and how it relates to welfare. Read More

Could Milk Thistle and Silymarin Prevent Laminitis?

Recent studies suggest these two agents could help counteract the effects of endotoxins on lamellar tissue. Read More

Equine Food Allergy Testing Evaluated

Researchers recently determined that some standard laboratory and commercial allergy tests for horses are not reliable. Read More

Study: Genetic Differences in Racing, Cutting Quarter Horses

Researchers identified specific genes that distinguish racing-type Quarter Horses from cutting-type Quarter Horses. Read More

Study: Pawing Could be Indicative of Discomfort

Pawing could be a learned behavior that might reflect an effort to ease pain in the limbs or abdomen, researchers said. Read More

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: Feed Young Horses According to Birth Date

Your foal's "official" birthday might be Jan. 1, but consider his actual age when devising a diet, researchers say. Read More

Australian Racehorse Wastage Evaluated

Researchers believe improved training and breeding could lead to reduced wastage and more "viable" horses. Read More

Vets Test Optical Coherence Tomography in Horse Joints

This new technique could allow veterinarians to better evaluate equine joint cartilage. Read More

Microneedles Help Lidocaine Permeate Through Horse Skin

Pretreating an area with microneedles resulted in a 170% increase in the amount of lidocaine that permeated the skin. 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

Feeding Ponies

Feed your roly-poly pony the way Nature intended to prevent obesity-related diseases. Read More

Researchers Study Near-, Farsightedness in Horses

While two-thirds of horses have normal vision in both eyes, others are either near- or farsighted in one or both eyes. Read More

How Researchers Track Equine Influenza Virus

Keeping on top of changes to the equine influenza virus is critical to keeping vaccines up-to-date. Read More