Christa Lesté-Lasserre is a freelance writer based in Paris, France.
Articles by Christa Lesté-Lasserre
January 21, 2010
The largest outbreak of equine atypical myopathy in Europe has ended with freezing winter temperatures, with a record number of 371 reported cases, according to a group of researchers in Belgium.
January 20, 2010
A neighborly neigh is processed in a different way than other whinnies, meaning that horses have brain side preferences for sounds, according to a new study by French researchers.
The phenomenon, known as & Read More
January 07, 2010
A fatal gastrointestinal disease once limited to Scotland is being seen more frequently in certain parts of the world due to geographical progression, said British researchers. Frequently occurring throughout Great Britain, equine gr Read More
December 22, 2009
A rising trot is less loading to a horse's back than a sitting trot, producing less vertical force as measured through new biomechanical techniques, according to Dutch researchers. From the kinematic data of 13 riders on two horses, scientists were Read More
December 08, 2009
Norwegian equestrian Tony Andre Hansen and his 2008 Olympic mount, Camiro, have been definitively disqualified from the Beijing Olympics for a medication offense. The disqualification followed an appeals commission decision handed down Dec. 4.< Read More
December 06, 2009
It's no circus trick: researchers have shown that horses can count, despite 100 years of belief to the contrary. By dropping apples one by one into two buckets, researchers determined that horses almost always chose the bucket with more apples Read More
November 22, 2009
Where does an Appaloosa get its spots? What makes one horse more naturally suited for Western pleasure than dressage? Why do some horses get laminitis, and others don't? The short answer we all know is, "It's in the Read More
November 10, 2009
Glucocorticoid cream applied at normal doses onto healthy equine skin will be quickly absorbed into the body"s system and can generate adverse systemic effects,Â said German researchers in a new study report. As a result, it can also Read More
October 20, 2009
Horses being transported appear at increased risk of disease or distress when specific needs are not met. Read More
October 07, 2009
Mares that form close social bonds with other mares have improved pregnancy, foal birth, and foal survival rates, said a group of researchers studying wild herds in the North Island of New Zealand. The mares' enhanced reproductive Read More
October 05, 2009
Through their whinnies, horses convey specific information about their identities, including sex, height, and weight, according to French researchers. Acoustic analyses of whinnies and the reactions of horses to various recorded whinnies also Read More
October 03, 2009
West Nile virus (WNV) has re-emerged in Italy, resulting in 28 equine clinical cases, including seven deaths as of last week, according to an epidemiological bulletin produced by the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molis Read More
September 27, 2009
Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is proving highly effective in preventing laminitis and reducing the severity of laminitis following colic surgery, according to Belgian researchers.
Prior to the study period, more than 10% of colic Read More
August 26, 2009
Brazilian researchers are working towards understanding heat tolerance in horses. Read More
August 25, 2009
A once-paralyzed foal is now up and running about with the help of an equine "walker" following a groundbreaking surgery to remove a cyst from the spinal cord, according to the treating veterinarians in Belgium.
The Boulonnais draft horse Read More
August 19, 2009
Do you ever feel like your horse might be watching your every move? He very well might be, according to a new behavior study by British scientists. Their research indicates that horses are highly sensitive to the attention we attribute to them, Read More
August 12, 2009
Saddle pads might help reduce painful pressure on a horse's back caused by ill-fitting saddles, but the ideal pad will vary from horse to horse and from saddle to saddle, according to a new study by Austrian researchers.
Optimum pressure Read More
August 09, 2009
Two horses in France died from complications following a rare, but ferocious, attack by domestic honeybees. Read More
August 06, 2009
A horse died and its owner fell unconscious within seconds of falling into decomposing green seaweed along the northern coast of Brittany, France, last week, according to several sources.
Vincent Petit, DVM, PhD, said he was hand-leading Read More
August 02, 2009
Four horses have been euthanized and a fifth horse is recumbent following an outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in a boarding stable in northern France, according to the treating veterinarian. Quarantine has been established and will Read More
July 09, 2009
Respiratory disease in horses can be accurately assessed through laboratory evaluation of respiratory fluids, according to a new review by French and Belgian researchers.
When combined with clinical examinations, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL Read More
June 27, 2009
Horses might serve as good management tools for pastures moderately polluted by trace elements, according to Spanish researchers. And provided the animals receive adequate, systematic monitoring through biological sampling, they can be kept on Read More
May 28, 2009
Advances in screw and plate technology are leading to improved clinical and aesthetic results in the treatment of even the most complicated jaw fractures, according to Swiss researchers.
By using the new locking compression plate (LCP) Read More
April 14, 2009
What type of impact do various terrains actually have on the health of a horse's hooves and legs? French researchers are using a highly sensitive 3-D dynamometric shoe and other instruments to give unprecedented insight into the biomechanical Read More
April 04, 2009
When ingested, small wires can wreak havoc in the equine digestive system. They might even cause different segments of the tract to fuse together, leading to painful and usually fatal consequences, according to South African and American Read More