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

Researchers Study Head, Neck Positions' Effects on Muscles

Researchers evaluated the activity of three muscles when horses worked in different head and neck positions. Read More

Understanding Horse Behavior Might Prevent Human Injury

With improved understanding of equine behavior, riders can avoid potentially harmful horse situations. Read More

How Horses' Ear Direction Affects Jumping Success

Can a horse's ears predict a his responsiveness to a task such as jumping? Researchers found out. Read More

Top Reproduction Studies of 2012-'13

Two veterinarians describe recent equine reproduction studies they found interesting and influential. Read More

Stallion Semen Tests: Which to Use and What Do They Mean?

Learn what different semen evaluations can tell veterinarians about a stallion's fertility. Read More

Studying the Rider-Saddle-Horse Interface

Researchers are studying how forces applied by saddle and rider affect a horse's performance and welfare. Read More

Improving Horse Welfare at Stock-Breed Shows

Researchers sought better understanding of the welfare concerns relating to stock-type show horses. Read More

Whip Use in Elite, Non-Elite Show Jumpers

Researchers take a look at whip use by jumper riders and how it relates to performance outcomes. Read More

Pleasant vs. Stern Human Voice's Effect on Horses

It seems like horses respond to changes in human voice tone, but is it a coincidence? Researchers found out. Read More

Researchers Study Horses' Startle Response to Novel Objects

One of the most consistent indicators of equine temperament is a horse's novelty response, researchers say. Read More

Researchers Assess Youthful Play Behavior in Adult Horses

Researchers estimate that if a horse investigates an object for 13 seconds or more, then he is likely playing. Read More

Frequent Feeding Reduces Group-Housed Horses' Aggression

More frequent forage feedings for group-housed horses could lead to a balance between feeding and resting. Read More

Study Evaluates Forehand vs. Backhand Whip Use in Racing

Jockeys struck a simulator with significantly (approximately 15%) more force with the backhand than forehand. Read More

Researchers Measure Horses' Noseband Pressure

Researchers recently developed two pressure detection systems to measure pressure exerted by nosebands. Read More

Reflective Riding Equipment's Effect on Road Safety

Reflective equipment use doesn't appear to affect the occurrence or absence of near misses with traffic. Read More

USEF Proposes Performance Horse Collapse Rule

While USEF rules require owners to report fatalities, there are currently no regulations regarding collapse. Read More

Balancing Horse Movement and Disease Prevention

One researcher suggests some steps that could minimize disease risk without impeding horses’ travel. Read More

Mules' Role as Shedders in California EHV-1 Outbreak

While equal percentages of horses and mules were exposed to EHV-1, no mules developed neurologic disease. Read More

Equine Rhinitis Virus Prevalence in Louisiana Racehorses Evaluated

Researchers found that ERV is prevalent in Louisiana horses; more research is needed to determine its impact. Read More

Equine Herpesvirus-1 Myeloencephalopathy: On the Rise?

One veterinarian discussed disease characteristics and why it might be on the rise at a recent conference. Read More

Wobbler Syndrome: An Increasingly Recognized Problem

Many wobbler cases can be managed successfully thanks to increased appreciation by owners and veterinarians. Read More

Assessing Elimination Rates of International Endurance Rides

Very little evidence-based information currently exists on reasons and rates of elimination from competition. Read More

EPM: Update on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

EPM is a tricky disease to definitively diagnose and treat and, thus, has been an area of much research. Read More

Influences on Equine Fracture Healing

Bone fractures in horses, whether catastrophic or microscopic, heal through a complex sequence of events. Read More

Managing Equine Arthritis on a Budget

Veterinarians can keep diagnostic costs lower by using as much information from routine tests as possible. Read More