Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Alexandra Beckstett, Managing Editor of The Horse and a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as Assistant Editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse.

Articles by Alexandra Beckstett

Beet Pulp FAQs

Two equine nutritionists answer 11 common questions about feeding horses beet pulp. Read More

Rider Handedness Affects Rein Tension

Average rein tensions in riders' dominant hands were 34-45% greater than in their nondominant hands, a study found. Read More

How Does Nose Twitching Affect a Horse?

Researchers concluded that nose twitches, when properly applied, are a humane restraint for short usage situations. Read More

Is Your Equine Athlete Happy?

Scientists are on the hunt for reliable objective measures of positive emotions in horses being ridden and trained. Read More

10 Learning Theory-Based Horse Training Principles

These principles can help riders maintain equine welfare, improve safety, and allow horses to perform at their best. Read More

Rehabilitating Sport Horses

Here's how to get your performance horse back to the show ring safely and successfully after layup. Read More

Signs That Your Saddle Doesn't Fit Your Horse

Watch for these telltale signs of poor saddle fit in your horse's body, behavior, and movement. Read More

What Do the Sweat Marks Under Your Saddle Mean?

From excessive dirt accumulation to dry spots, here's what the sweat patterns under your saddle are really telling you. Read More

Seven Common Saddle Faults

A poorly designed or damaged saddle affects not only your riding but also your horse's comfort. Learn what to watch for. Read More

What is a Saddle Tracing or Template?

Saddle fitters use tracing or templating to record the shape of a horse's back. Here's how it works. Read More

Skin Issues That Affect Saddle Fit

Some sores, injuries, and infections can make saddling a painful process for your horse. Here's what to watch for. Read More

Clinical Signs and Causes of Back Pain in Horses

Learn about common issues owners encounter with their horses' spine and saddle fit and how to treat such issues. Read More

Veterinarians Discuss Limb Deformities

Two equine surgeons shared their thoughts on rotational limb deformities, contracted carpal joints, club feet, and more. Read More

Gastrointestinal Drug Safe for Use in Pregnant Mares

Misoprostol, which can cause abortion in humans, is used to prevent or treat right dorsal colitis in horses. Read More

Pelvic Fractures in Horses: Not Always Career-Ending

Researchers determined that if horses were discharged from the hospital, a good long-term outcome was likely. Read More

MRI to Predict Catastrophic Fetlock Fractures in Racehorses

Researchers say MRI might be useful as a screening test to identify racehorses at increased risk of fetlock fracture. Read More

Cooled-Shipped Sperm Quality's Effect on Fertility

One vet said sperm quality thresholds his team identified can help practitioners make better breeding decisions. Read More

13 Ways to Predict Ovulation in Mares

Horse breeding is only as effective as your ability to predict a mare's impending ovulation. Here's how vets do so. Read More

Detecting Coffin Bone Fractures in Young Foals

Using proper diagnostic technique and good quality radiographs is critical when diagnosing these fractures in foals. Read More

Radiography, Scintigraphy, and MRI: Benefits and Pitfalls

Review the options vets have for looking inside horses' bodies to see what's causing a limp, swelling, or pain. Read More

Does Throat Spray Reach Horses' Upper Airway Structures?

Nasopharyngeal catheter administration results in good cover of the larynx, nasopharynx, and soft palate. Read More

Compounded Enrofloxacin: Safe and Effective for Use in Mares

Researchers said a water-based enrofloxacin suspension could be useful for treating some bacterial endometritis cases. Read More

Six Signs of Sacroiliac Disease in Horses

Sacroiliac disease is a newly recognized condition that vets are seeing a lot of in performance horses. Read More

Estrogen Concentrations' Effects on Pregnancy Outcome

Researchers determined that reduced estrogen levels in late pregnancy do not affect pregnancy outcome. Read More

Before You Breed: Costs and Considerations

Ensure your decision to breed is the right one and that you're prepared to handle the costs and commitments involved. Read More