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

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

Digital Neurectomy Outcome in Horses with Chronic Foot Pain

Horses with concurrent deep digital flexor tendon lesions were four times more likely to become lame again post-surgery. Read More

Arthroscopy vs. Ultrasound for Diagnosing Stifle Lesions

Researchers determined that using both modalities can help vets increase their diagnostic and prognostic capabilities. Read More

Aquatic Exercise's Effect on Equine Osteoarthritis

Underwater treadmill therapy can significantly improve balance control in horses with osteoarthritis. Read More

Does Uterine Edema Affect Pregnancy Outcome?

Researchers determined that excessive uterine edema near the time of ovulation did not adversely affect pregnancy rates. Read More

A Review of Imaging Options for Subtle Lamenesses

A veterinarian weighs in on radiographs, nuclear scintigraphy, and standing MRI for diagnosing subtle lamenesses. Read More

Exercise's Effects on Horses' Back Dimensions and Saddle Fit

Researchers determined that exercise causes horses' back dimensions to change, which could negatively impact saddle fit. Read More

Advancements in Equine Repro Research

Researchers from UK presented research on breeding and mare fertility during the 2014 AAEP Convention. Read More

Is Ceftiofur Sodium an Effective Treatment for Placentitis?

Researchers found that ceftiofur did not penetrate the placenta effectively, making it a poor placentitis treatment. Read More

Anti-Mullerian Hormone Helps Assess Aging Mares' Fertility

Mare fertility declines with age in association with reduced follicle count, and AMH is correlated with follicle count. Read More

Top Equine Reproduction Studies of 2014

Studies covered biofilms, chilled and frozen semen, endometritis, placentitis, oxidative stress and fertility, and more. Read More

UK Studies Featured at AAEP Kester News Hour

Two of the top equine reproduction studies presented at the AAEP Convention featured work by UK researchers. Read More

Genomics' Contribution to EVA Research and Beyond

Learn how genomics has impacted researchers' understanding of health conditions such as equine viral arteritis, or EVA. Read More

Improving a Horse's Proprioception During Rehabilitation

Learn about three techniques riders can use to improve motion deficits using the horse's proprioceptive awareness. Read More

Rehabilitation Exercises from the Ground

Learn how dynamic mobilization, core strengthening, and balancing exercises can benefit horses recovering from injury. Read More

Limitations and Advances in Lameness Assessment

Learn about scientific advancements that are helping veterinarians better assess lameness in horses. Read More

Understanding the Biomechanics of Lameness

Locomotion involves consistent limb movements that change predictably when a horse is lame. Learn what to watch for. Read More

Rehabilitating Horses with Back Problems

Learn about methods, from stretches to massage, that can help horses suffering from back issues recover. Read More

Recycling Tips for Equine Veterinary Practices

One equine practitioner shares tips on how veterinary practices and horse farms can "go green." Read More

Conditioning and Modifying Horse Behavior

An equine behaviorist offers tips on how to change your horse's behavior. Read More

CT Scans can Help Diagnose Stifle Lameness

Although CT scan is useful for diagnosing stifle lameness, scanning horses' large body parts can be difficult. Read More

Foaling Horses: 101 to 911

During and after foaling are two of the most critical times in a neonate and his mother's lives. Read More

Creating a Parasite Control Program

Consider your property's equine traffic, location, and parasite control goals to create an effective program. Read More

Blood-Contaminated Joint Fluid Samples Might Still be Useful

While vets typically toss contaminated samples, researchers now say useful information can still be garnered. Read More