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 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

Tendon and Ligament Injuries in Older Horses

Geriatric horses often suffer tendon and ligament injuries for reasons unique to their age group. Read More

Cannon Bone Fractures in Sport Horses vs. Racehorses

Researchers found that clinical signs of cannon bone fractures in sport horses and racehorses were similar. Read More

Advances in Equine Joint Pain Management

One researcher evaluated pharmacologic methods of osteoarthritis management and recent pain control advances. Read More

Conditioning Joint Cartilage through Early Exercise

Exercising foals helps condition articular cartilage and delay future joint disorders, one veterinarian says. Read More

Treating Equine Canker with Topical Cisplatin Chemotherapy

Topical cisplatin chemotherapy yielded promising results for treating canker in a small trial. Read More

Diagnosing Equine Neck Conditions

Neurologic signs, weakness, gait changes, and forelimb lameness can all point to an equine neck condition. Read More

New Concepts in Equine Skull Fracture Repair

While equine skull fractures are unsightly and alarming, surgeons can often repair them successfully. Read More

Arena Maintenance's Effects on Horse Movement

Arena maintenance changes the surface's properties, which in turn alters horses' movement patterns. Read More

Handling Respiratory Disease Outbreaks at Boarding Stables

Respiratory diseases at boarding barns present unique challenges for veterinarians, owners, and farm managers. Read More

Saddle Slip as an Indicator of Hind-Limb Lameness

British researchers learned that saddle slip could indicate subtle or low-grade hind-limb lameness. Read More