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

Austrian Dressage Rider, Trainer Fined for Using Electric Shocks in Training

The pair are accused of using electric "stun guns" in their horses' training. Read More

Horses' Inherent Response to Harsh, Soothing Tones Evaluated

Horses might not naturally understand the difference between our soft voice tones and our snippy ones. Read More

Horsemeat Supply and Demand in Europe

As the European crisis unfolds and fraudulent horsemeat sales decrease, supply could exceed demand. Read More

European Horsemeat Scandal Expands

France, Sweden, and The Netherlands have confirmed products sold within their borders could contain horsemeat. Read More

Study: Condition the Genes and the Horse for Competition

Researchers suggest horse genes need to prepare for high performance-associated stress. Read More

Aggressive Aids' Effects on Barrel Racing Horses Studied

New research shows that whipping and kicking barrel horses doesn't seem to improve race time. Read More

FEI Continues Equine Doping Crackdown in 2013

The FEI Tribunal delivered a record number of equine doping decisions during the first ten months of 2012. Read More

Horsemeat in British, Irish Hamburgers Traced to Poland

Polish food processing plants are believed to be the source of horse-tainted hamburger meat, officials say. Read More

'Limited Resource Test' to Measure Equine Social Hierarchies

A significant correlation exists between limited resource test results and field observation test results. Read More

What's in an OIE Reference Laboratory?

There are 236 OIE reference laboratories covering 112 animal diseases, including equine-specific ailments. Read More

Researchers Put Science Behind 'Willingness to Work'

Researchers are developing an objective test based on physiological and behavioral criteria in horses. Read More

Music Genre's Effect on Horse Behavior Evaluated

Horses seemed more at ease when classical or country music was played compared to rock or jazz. Read More

Aortic Rupture Suspected in Olympic Show Jumper's Death

Show jumper Wonderboy III likely died from a cardiac condition leading to aortic rupture, his owner says. Read More

Horsemeat Found in Hamburgers Sold in U.K., Ireland

Thirty-seven percent of the "beef" products tested in a routine study contained equine DNA. Read More

Head and Neck Position's Effects on Horse Behavior Studied

Researchers identified more behavioral signs of discomfort in horses with heads held behind the vertical. Read More

Welfare of Wild Horses during Training Studied

While the program proved stressful, physical parameters appeared within normal limits of horses in training. Read More

Study Evaluates Cribbers' Sleeping Habits

British researchers found horses that crib spend less time in "standing sleep" mode than horses that don't. Read More

Researcher: Strive to Recognize Happy Horse Behavior

Thanks to British researchers, we're getting a better understand what defines a "happy" equine athlete. Read More

Advances and Challenges in Equitation Science Technology

The future of equitation science technology is enormous, provided we know how to use and benefit from it. Read More

Researcher: Work Objectively to Understand Equine Behavior

By working objectively, equitation scientists could enter a new dimension of understanding equine behavior. Read More

Mapping Future of Equestrian Sports with Equitation Science

"The road ahead is all about what science can do for the horse," one international rider says. Read More

Creating a Sustainable Equine Athlete

Paying attention to certain, sometimes minute, details can help horses enjoy longer athletic careers. Read More

FEI Adopts Dressage 'Blood Rule' at General Assembly

The rule states that any horse with "fresh blood" on its body will be definitively eliminated. Read More

Study: Cut-Out Saddle Pads Relieve Some Saddle Pressure

A cut-out patterned English appeared to have multiple benefits when compared to not using a pad. Read More

French Influenza Outbreak Traced to Irish Horse Sales

Several countries could be affected by the equine influenza virus transmitted during October horse sales. Read More