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

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

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