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

Antibiotic Awareness in Horses: What to Know

It's "Antibiotic Awareness Week." Find out how antibiotic resistance affects horses and how vets are remedying it. Read More

Does Your Horse Need Rest? Give Him More Bedded Space

New research shows that when a larger area of soft bedding is available, horses will spend more time lying down. Read More

The Uterine Environment's Impact on Foal Metabolism

Researchers say the uterine environment can significantly impact a foal's future bone health, metabolism, and more. Read More

Researchers Pinpoint Influential Factors for Horse Welfare

Learn which factors have the biggest impact on stalled horses' welfare and how owners can improve their environments. Read More

Methods to Reduce Water Pollution From Horse Manure

High concentrations of manure in paddocks can degrade local water quality and upset water's natural balances. Read More

Researcher-Tested Fly Control Methods Revealed

Scientists determined that mosquito netting and large fans could be the best defense against flying insects. Read More

Linseed Oil, Vitamin E Help Improve Cooled Semen Quality

Adding these supplements to stallions' diets could help counteract the phenomenon of lower sperm quality in the winter. Read More

French Slaughterhouse Closes Amid Animal Cruelty Allegations

In an unprecedented move in a country known for its hippophagia, public pressure led to a slaughterhouse's closure. Read More

Switzerland Bans Draw Reins From Jumping Competitions

To protect equine welfare, the Swiss equestrian federation has banned draw reins, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Read More

Standing Laryngoplasty Cheaper, Safer Than Classic Method

A procedure to correct a paralyzed larynx has fewer risks if it's performed in a standing horse, French researchers say. Read More

Fossilized Mare Sheds Light on Reproductive Tract Evolution

Scientists say the equine reproductive tract has undergone surprisingly little evolution over the past 48 million years. Read More

Training a Zorse: A Learning Theory Exercise

A trainer shares how he used learning theory principles to train a half-zebra with "complicated instinctive behavior." Read More

How Prevalent are Lice in African Horses?

Recent research revealed a high incidence of equine lice infestations, especially in saddle horses. Read More

Researchers Review Impaction Colic Cases

Most impaction colics studied (53.4%) resolved without treatment or with simple medical therapy on the first visit. Read More

Equine WNV Cases Reported in Southern France

Two horses have been euthanized and dozens more quarantined in a rare West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak in France. Read More

Equine Influenza Hits Malaysia

Officials believe international horse transport is behind the country's first influenza outbreak in nearly 40 years. Read More

Managing Young Horses

Care for horses under the age of 4 with their future health and performance in mind. Read More

'Gait Keeper' Gene Mutation Found in Trotting Horses

Researchers say the 'Gait Keeper' gene appears to be responsible for trotters' success in harness racing. Read More

Foals and CPR: What You Should Know

If you administer CPR to a foal that's not breathing in time, your baby could be one of the 40-90% that fully recover. Read More

French Researchers Work to Improve Horse Health, Welfare

The Hippolia Foundation unites equine research groups for better progress, improved funding opportunities, and more. Read More

Study Examines Method to Reduce Pawing Frequency

It's all about teaching him that if he does something else--even standing still--he'll get a reward, researchers say. Read More

Is That Horse Happy or Sad? His Whinny Will Tell

Researchers say it appears horses can transmit their emotions through their whinnies. Read More

Researchers Identify Wither Height Gene in Shetlands

A particular variant within the HMGA2 gene appears to be related to height determination, scientists determined. Read More

Exmoor Ponies Help Revamp the Czech Republic's Landscape

The researchers hope the ponies help restore the land to the rich and productive territory it was before World War II. Read More

Does Cribbing Help Horses Cope With Stress During Training?

Cribbers allowed to crib during training had reduced stress levels than when they're not allowed to, researchers found. Read More