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

Study: Horses with Sarcoids have Elevated Treg Cell Levels

T-regulatory, or Treg, cells are special white blood cells that play a central role in regulating immune responses. Read More

What are the Most Common Equine Toxins?

Researchers sought the most common causes of poisoning in Swiss equids. Toxic plants and medications topped the list. Read More

Equine Coronavirus Identified in European Horses

This marks the first time coronavirus has been detected in horses outside of the United States or Japan. Read More

Where Did Horses' Extra Toes Go?

Researchers believe modern horses' "extra" toes either don't develop fully or disappear during development. Read More

How Do Different Saddles Impact Horses' Movement?

Researchers found that saddle type did not appear to impact movement in a group of Icelandic horses. Read More

WEG and Welfare: Are They Compatible? Science Says Yes!

Our reporter wonders if competitions reach the borders of unethical, but top researchers say that's not so. Read More

Study: Post-Exercise Snacks Benefit Horses

Allow exercised horses to eat and drink after cooling down to restore lost water and energy, researchers say. Read More

Does a Horse's Attention Span Help or Hinder his Training?

Scientists believe paying too little or too much attention to a trainer can hinder a horse's learning ability. Read More

Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus Found in Neurologic Horse

The virus once thought to be inert in horses was identified in a neurologic Brazilian horse, researchers say. Read More

Piro-Like Syndrome Making Waves in France

French scientists are researching how to prevent the spread of an equine disease they've termed "piro-like." Read More

How Ireland is Managing its Unwanted Horses

Researchers are establishing trends and seeing a clearer picture of Ireland's unwanted horse population. Read More

Researchers Link Red Complex Bacteria, EOTRH

The presence of red complex bacteria could be a red flag for impending tooth reabsorption, researchers say. Read More

Countdown to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Our intrepid international reporter offers a look into the excitement surrounding WEG in Normandy. Read More

Researchers Link Behaviors with Type, Intensity of Emotions

Researchers developed a scale to identify the valence (positive or negative) and intensity of equine emotions. Read More

Managing Your Farm's Parasite Portfolio

One researcher says "parasite portfolio" monitoring could lead to fewer adult horses needing deworming. Read More

Methods to Reduce Feeding Time Aggression Studied

Increasing the distance between horses and time spent eating might help reduce feeding time aggression. Read More

Study: Filly Survives Colic Caused by Porcupine Quill

An Andalusian filly underwent two surgeries to repair intestinal damage caused by a swallowed porcupine quill. Read More

Are Exotic Pets a Disease Risk to European Horses?

Exotic pets could carry foreign vector-borne diseases that can be deadly to horses, French researchers say. Read More

Are Mares With Constant Forage Access More Fertile?

Conception rates were 47% higher in mares with constant forage access compared to those without. Read More

Monitor Mares' Progesterone Levels before Inducing Labor

Monitoring progesterone levels is a practical way to accurately time labor induction, researchers say. Read More

Researchers Link Gene Mutation to All Gaited Breeds

Researchers found the so-called Gait Keeper gene mutation in different gaited breeds across the planet. Read More

FEI Seeks to Improve Vaulting Horse Welfare

As vaulters' movements become more complex, the horse's continued welfare is an important issue for the FEI. Read More

How do Equine Dewormers Impact the Environment?

Researchers investigated equine parasite control practices and how local insect populations were faring. Read More

Researchers Mature Equine Oocytes in Laboratory

Researchers took a step toward improving assisted reproduction by successfully maturing oocytes in a lab. Read More

'Minimalist' Endurance Saddle's Biomechanics Studied

The team found that it took the horse less time to finish a race in minimalist tack than in traditional tack. Read More