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

Foal and Adult Horse Blood Samples: What's the Difference?

Veterinarians should be familiar with what's normal and what's not normal on a foal's blood sample test results. Read More

Cushing's and EMS: What's the Difference?

Practitioners must use clinical signs and laboratory testing to distinguish between these sometimes similar ailments. Read More

Autologous Vaccination a Safe, Affordable Sarcoid Treatment

The procedure involves removing a sarcoid from the horse and implanting pieces of it back into the horse's neck. Read More

Don't Forget About Working Equids

Millions of families worldwide depend on working equids for transportation, farming, economic value, and social value. Read More

Anticoagulant Rodenticide and Sudden Horse Deaths

Researchers found that anticoagulant rodenticide ingestion coupled with strenuous exercise can be fatal to horses. Read More

Providing Hoof Care in Developing Countries

Providing owners of working equids with both hoof care and education can be challenging. One farrier shares his tips. Read More

Causes of Poor Equine Body Condition in Nicaragua

It's nearly impossible to separate simple malnutrition from the presence of other diseases, one veterinarian said. Read More

Things You Should and Should Not Put on a Horse's Wound

Is the ointment you're using on that cut helping or hurting? Remember these tips when treating horse wounds. Read More

Managing Chronic Infected Wounds in Horses

Chronic infected wounds are challenging for vets to manage, not to mention distressing and costly for the horse owner. Read More

Skin Grafting Options for Horse Wounds

Not all grafts are created equal, and some are better-suited for certain areas of the body than others. Read More

Equitarian Essentials: Packing, Planning For Volunteer Trips

Trips to provide health care for working equids are beneficial but are not without unique organizational challenges. Read More

Practical Reproduction Studies of 2015

A recap of studies on topics ranging from prostaglandin treatment of mares to semen quality in stallions. Read More

Measuring SAA Can Help Identify Health Issues Early

Vets can use SAA levels to differentiate between systemic inflammation and noninflammatory diseases in horses. Read More

Understanding the Equine Immune System

This important protective system is extremely complex. Here's a rundown of how your horse's immune responses function. Read More

The Martingale's Effect on Rein Tension

Researchers determined that rein tensions were more consistent when horses were ridden with a martingale than without. Read More

Equine Sleep Patterns' Effects on Performance

Knowing if sleep patterns affect performance could prompt interest in sleep as an important horse management factor. Read More

Professional vs. Amateur Round Pen Training Techniques

Researchers emphasized the importance of using subtle cues and having precise timing when training in the round pen. Read More

Does Target Training Help Reduce Horses' Stress?

Researchers found no differences in horses' stress levels in high-stress situations before and after training. Read More

A Look at Rein Tension During Therapeutic Riding Lessons

Rein tension can be a welfare concern that could result in both clinical and behavioral problems. Read More

Researchers Evaluate Head Control Equipment Use in Horses

Such equipment appeared most prevalent in sales advertisements for more expensive, higher-level horses, scientists said. Read More

Hyperflexion in Review

Does hyperflexion have negative effects or does it help improve horses' performance? Scientists review the research. Read More

How Well Do British Owners Understand Equine Nutrition?

A recent survey suggests that many horse owners have a poor understanding of equine nutrition. Read More

Horse Handling Techniques for Veterinarians and Owners

Learn how to safely train horses to behave during common procedures, such as taking temperatures and giving injections. Read More

Do Eye Wrinkles Reflect a Horse's Emotional State?

Researchers found that different types of situations affected horses' eye wrinkle characteristics. Read More

Understanding and Improving Stock Show Horse Treatment

One researcher shared her recently developed model for improving welfare in the stock horse industry. Read More