Christa Lesté-Lasserre is a freelance writer based in Paris, France.
Articles by Christa Lesté-Lasserre
March 19, 2008
Even if they can't tell you where it hurts, horses with back pain will soon be able to benefit from Scottish and Austrian research focusing on the long muscles of the equine back.
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March 08, 2008
Cleanliness in the stall can equal cleanliness on the drug tests, especially when it comes to sport horses receiving therapeutic medications, according to results from a new project under development by French researchers.
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March 06, 2008
Toxic food sources are one likely explanation for recurrent cases of hind limb polyneuropathy in horses throughout Norway, according to research published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in February.
Seventy-five horses Read More
March 03, 2008
Young horses learn faster and have more positive interactions with humans when they receive food as a reward during training, according to a new study presented at the 34th Annual Read More
March 01, 2008
New transportation laws and a drought-induced hay crisis might be at the root of a recent reversal in equine welfare progress in Romania. More animals are reportedly being abandoned or malnourished than in previous years, according to Read More
February 28, 2008
More than 200 researchers, veterinarians, breeders, and other equine professionals participated in the 34th annual French Equine Research Day held Feb. 28 in Paris, France. The event, sponsored by the French National Stud, provides a forum Read More
February 24, 2008
The nutritional needs of mares and foals in the first six months following birth are becoming better understood following recent scientific and mathematical research in Portugal.
New curve graphs of mares' milk generated from milking sample Read More
February 21, 2008
New scientific partnerships and facilities will be added in the coming years to the French equine research hub in Lower Normandy in order to maintain its position on the international level, according to the French Minister of Agriculture and Read More
February 15, 2008
Socialized horses are able to understand most kinds of human pointing gestures, although they respond more readily to some variations of pointing as opposed to others, according to a new study carried out by Hungarian researchers in Godollo.
February 11, 2008
A new awareness and blanket vaccination campaign to combat African horse sickness (AHS) in the southern provinces of South Africa is showing positive effects in critical and high risk zones, according to the president of the recently formed Read More
February 06, 2008
Investigations into the chain of events leading to the ongoing equine flu influenza outbreak in Australia have now entered their fifth month in the New South Wales (NSW) capital city of Sydney.
Recent testimony continues to reveal Read More
February 02, 2008
Human interaction with foals at a critical early developmental age appears to be a stressor, whereas positive human interaction with the dam creates a strong model for the observing foal, according to a series of ongoing research projects a Read More
January 18, 2008
Researchers found antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV) in nearly 20% of horses recently tested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Ulrich Wernery, DVM, PhD, scientific director of the Centra Read More
January 14, 2008
January 12, 2008
Three top dressage riders--one from Switzerland and two from Canada—have renounced their participation in the 2008 summer Olympics in China, citing potential equine health hazards posed by extreme climate and travel conditions.
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January 05, 2008
Curly is on its way to becoming the fashion in France--not only in the hairdressers' salons, but in the stables, including a new equestrian center just north of the Riviera.
Since 2000, American Bashkir Curly breeding farms have been popping u Read More
December 21, 2007
At least 14 horses have been found dead in front of two equestrian centers in Kuwait, according to Kuwaiti news reports, an animal protection organization, and a local resident. Many of the horses appear to have died from gunshot wounds to the Read More
December 06, 2007
December 03, 2007
A horse and three ponies have died, and several other equids have been temporarily paralyzed, following the ingestion of contaminated feed in French Guiana (a department of France located on the northern edge of South America), according to the Read More
November 30, 2007
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) recently approved new measures to ensure the legs of high-level jumping horses are not being intentionally sensitized to pain in order to provide a competitive advantage. Beginning in 2008, official Read More
November 18, 2007
Three months after Australia's first-ever outbreak of equine influenza, an independent inquiry into the history and management of the outbreak is uncovering troubling flaws in the government's quarantine procedures, according to Read More
October 05, 2007
As the global climate changes gradually, an equine disease that was once limited to sub-Saharan Africa could reach as far north as England in the near future, according to several European animal health networks.
African horse sickness Read More
September 28, 2007
Eight stallions of the French national stud have been castrated and two others removed from the breeding site in an effort to control the spread of a recent outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) in northwestern France.
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September 20, 2007
For Jan Drinkwater of Sydney, Australia, nursing a horse through laminitis is all about taking things step by step. And also about sharing those steps with the international horse community. Read More
June 29, 2007
Two horses have been euthanatized after testing positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Ardèche, a department in the Rhône-Alps region of southern France, according to an announcement made by the French Minister of Agriculture Read More