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

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

Does the U.K. Performance Horse Industry Have a Color Bias?

Researchers observed a negative bias of block-colored and spotted horses, which could impact subjective evaluations. Read More

Can Learning Theory Lower Equine Vets' Injury Risk?

One vet shares how learning theory techniques can help teach difficult horses to stand calmly and accept treatments. Read More

A Look at Therapeutic Riding Horses' Stress Behaviors

Stress can impair a horse's performance, diminish the benefits of therapy, and create safety risks to vulnerable riders. Read More

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