Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA

Christa Lesté-Lasserre is a freelance writer based in France. A native of Dallas, Texas, Lesté-Lasserre grew up riding Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, and Shetland Ponies. She holds a master’s degree in English, specializing in creative writing, from the University of Mississippi in Oxford and earned a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing with a minor in sciences from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She currently keeps her two Trakehners at home near Paris. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

Articles by Christa Lesté-Lasserre

Does Breeding Impact Stallions' Performance Under Saddle?

Researchers confirmed that collecting semen from riding stallions has no negative effect on performance. Read More

Equine Body Type's Effect on Endurance Performance Studied

Researchers found that typical endurance-horse form and structure have little to do with racing success. Read More

WEG 2014: Taking Normandy by Storm

Get a preview of what's to come when France hosts the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Read More

Paget Stripped of Burghley Title after Doping Scandal

Jonathan Paget's horse Clifton Promise tested positive for the tranquilzer reserpine at last year's event. Read More

Researchers Digging Deeper into African Horse Sickness

Scientists are turning to a genetic level of understanding and fighting African horse sickness. Read More

Keeping Stallions' Genital Microflora in Check

Using proper and sterile management techniques can help ensure genital microflora do not affect semen quality. Read More

Study: Younger Horses Appear Able to Learn by Watching

Younger, lower-ranking, and more curious horses are most likely to exhibit social learning, researchers say. Read More

Mini-Microchips for Horses Get Thumbs Up

Researchers recently tested a "mini-microchip" that's roughly 70% the size of the standard microchip. Read More

Eventing Champion Headley Britannia Euthanized

Headley Britannia was euthanized April 1 after a cross-country schooling accident. She was 21. Read More

Study: Joint Injections have Low Risk of Synovial Sepsis

When careful aseptic techniques are used for joint injections, the risk of infection is low, researchers say. Read More

Equine Pastern Vasculitis Still Puzzling Researchers

Despite intense research, scientists haven't uncovered anything reassuring about pastern vasculitis. Read More

Seminal Plasma Removal Not Needed for All Stallions

While seminal plasma removal can stabilize sperm before cooling, that stability didn't affect pregnancy rates. Read More

Therapeutic Riding Horse Health

Like any equine athlete, therapy horses require specialized training, care, and management. Read More

Kinematics of Riders' Hands and Horses' Mouths Studied

How we use our reins might give our horses signals we don't mean. Read More

Girth Pressure's Impact on Equine Performance

Researchers created a new girth shape that curves around the primary high-pressure area. Read More

Standing Colic Surgery? In Some Cases It's Possible

Recent research showed that standing colic colic can be beneficial when other options have failed. Read More

Scientists Hope Retuertas Horses will Return to the Wild

Scientists' ultimate goal is to see the Retuertas living without human intervention or management. Read More

Is There a Genetic Basis for Horses' Personalities?

Study results suggest there's biologic evidence that a horse's personality is based on his genes. Read More

Equine Herpesvirus Reviewed

As EHV gains worldwide significance, researchers are seeking a better understanding of the disease. Read More

Study: Horses' Facial Expressions Reflect Taste Preferences

Recent research results suggest horses react differently to sweet tastes compared to bitter ones. Read More

British Olympic Eventer Retired due to Cardiac Condition

Miners Frolic, a 16-year-old, 17-hand Thoroughbred gelding, was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Read More

Got Ulcers?

Learn about gastric ulcers and how to treat them and decrease their likelihood of causing your horse distress. Read More

Treating Intraosseous Pressure in Horses

Vets successfully employed a pioneering technique to treat a South African horse's intraosseous pressure. Read More

U.S. Olympic Eventer Biko Dies at 30

The 17.3-hand former mount of U.S. equestrian Karen O'Conner was euthanized earlier this week. He was 30. Read More

Retired Olympic Show Jumper Jalisca Solier Euthanized

The 17-year-old Selle Francais mare broke a bone in her front right leg in a pasture accident on Jan. 26. Read More