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

BEVA Congress: Opening Events and Horse Owner Take-Homes

The 51st British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress kicked off Sept. 13 in Birmingham, U.K. Read More

Exercise-Induced Inflammation and Injury in Racehorses

One researcher relayed that it could be possible to identify horses at risk for injury before accidents occur. Read More

Recognize Insulin Resistance Before Laminitis Onset

Picking up on subtle signs of hyperinsulinemia is one way veterinarians can try to halt laminitis onset. Read More

Endocrinopathic Laminitis: An Incomplete Picture

Laminitis stemming from equine metabolic syndrome, Cushing's, and other hormonal conditions is common. Read More

Support Strategies in Chronic Laminitis Cases

One veterinarian says designing a specific strategy that addresses all the needs of an affected foot is key. Read More

Using Foot Casts to Manage Laminitis 'Sinking' Cases

Prognoses for these cases are often poor, but foot casts might improve survival rates if applied early. Read More

Laminitis Prevention and Intervention in Hospitalized Horses

Hospitalized horses are at an increased risk for developing laminitis as a complication of injury or illness. Read More

Healing the Hoof During Therapy or Layup

Farriers can help devise a hoof care plan to helps a performance horse return to work as soon as possible. Read More

The Toe Crena: A Laminitic Link?

Research is needed to determine if the toe crena could be used as a prognostic indicator for laminitic horses. Read More

Treating Laminitis with Acupuncture

One researcher says accupuncture's pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects can help laminitic horses. Read More

Foot Type and Laminitis Incidence in Feral Horses

Contrary to popular belief, feral horses are not exempt from developing laminitis. Read More

Low-Dose Corticosteroids for Treating Acute Laminitis

Corticosteroids' benefits (when used appropriately, in low doses) should outweigh the risks. Read More

Chronic Laminitis: Understanding Lameness and Low-Dose Bute

David Hood, DVM, PhD, discussed effective methods for pinpointing laminitis pain and NSAIDs to control it. Read More

Laminitis Treatment with Stem Cells

While related studies are scarce, some are reporting success using stem cells to treat chronic laminitis. Read More

Cryotherapy Methods to Treat Laminitis

Cryotherapy is known to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects, both of which help affected horses. Read More

Assessing Lameness Severity in Horses with Chronic Laminitis

The use of force plate-based technology could quantify lameness severity in chronically laminitic horses. Read More

Mycotoxins and Metabolic Stress in Equine Athletes

Thanks to climate change and increasing amounts of grain blends, the prevalence of feed-borne mycotoxins (dangerous toxins exuded from molds) is on the rise, according to Trevor Smith, PhD, of the University of Guelph, Canada. Smith, a professor Read More

TheHorse.com Finds 500th Horse a Home

TheHorse.com reached a new milestone Oct. 12, when the 500th horse found a new home via the website's all-breed free horse listings. Saucy Dance, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred filly, was fresh off the track at Laurel Park in Maryland Read More

Improve Digestion to Prevent Intestinal Upset in Sport Horses

One of the many factors that can affect a competition horse's focus is intestinal upset--specifically impaction and spasmodic colic. Kyle Newman, PhD, of Venture Laboratories, explored how sport horse owners can help prevent these colic epi Read More

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Sport Horse Health

Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acid in a horse's diet can positively affect his health and endurance. Read More

Considerations When Purchasing or Adopting an Ex-Racehorse for Sport

Thoroughbreds that have retired from the racetrack often transition into sport horse careers, but prospective Read More

Dynamic Mobilization Exercises Activate the Sport Horse's Core

Anyone who has pilates classes knows how it strengthens your 'core' muscles, but did you know similar stretches and exercises can also strengthen and condition your horse? Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Read More

WEG: Australian Event Horse Withdrawn Due to Shipping Fever

Australian event horse Kirby Park Irish Jester, ridden by Megan Jones, was withdrawn from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games due to a travel-related illness. The 17-year-old Australian-bred gelding developed a fever after arriving in quaran Read More

Victoria Max-Theurer to Skip WEG for Welfare of her Horse

Top Austrian dressage rider Victoria Max-Theurer has announced that, in the best interest of her horse, she will not compete in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). The 24-year-old's dressage horse, Augustin OLD, underwent col Read More

Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 in Tasmania

A recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), a highly infectious viral disease of horses, has been confirmed on a breeding farm in northern Tasmania. One mare died and several others aborted their foals. According to Read More