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

Researchers Study Escape and Avoidance in Horse Training

Research on escape and avoidance can help trainers improve techniques to benefit horse welfare. Read More

'Learning Theory' to Improve Veterinarian Safety

"Learning theory" research could help keep vets safer when working with difficult equine patients. Read More

Dressage Stallion Totilas' Owners, Rider Face PETA Complaint

Totilas is being treated unethically and in violation of German animal welfare laws, one lawyer says. Read More

Remote-Controlled Cars Used to Study Round Pen Training

During round pen training researchers got similar results from an inanimate object as from a human. Read More

New Software Evaluates Horse, Rider Asymmetry

A software program uses video gaming technology to evaluate horse and rider asymmetry. Read More

Encourage Horses to Pass Scary Objects, Scientists Recommend

Encouraging a horse to approach a scary object led to less stress when faced with the same situation later on. Read More

Study: Trainers Consistently Evaluate Ridden Horse Behavior

Trainers were more consistent in scoring ridden horse behaviors than were equitation scientists in one study. Read More

Deceased Show Jumper Hickstead Honored with Statue

Hickstead collapsed and died last year in a Verona, Italy, jumping ring due to an aortic rupture. Read More

Study: Horse Owners Best Predictors of Equine Motivation

Researchers believe the best predictor of a horse's motivation is someone who knows the animal well. Read More

Study Evaluates Rein Tension and Horses' Rideability

The largest factor affecting a horse's rideability score was his rider's maximum and average rein tension. Read More

Researchers Test Equine Muscle Fatigue Sensor

Researchers tested electromyography for identifying equine muscle fatigue during exercise. Read More

Audiences' Effects on Horse and Rider Stress Levels

Researchers found that performing for an audience did not affect horses' stress levels compared to training. Read More

Exercises to Strengthen Equine Back Muscles, Reduce Pain

Exercising the multifidus muscles in addition to daily training could reduce equine back pain. Read More

Study: Match Personalities for Strong Horse, Woman Bond

Study finds women whose personalities match their horses' are likely to have a better equine relationship. Read More

Study: Horses More Relaxed Around Nervous Humans

One study found that horses had lower heart rates around nervous humans as compared to calm people. Read More

Footing Science for Horses

The field of footing science involves understanding how different kinds of footing affect equine health. Read More

Artificial Head, Neck Positions Effects on Horses' Breathing

Dutch scientists determined that all non-natural head and neck positions affect horses' breathing. Read More

New African Horse Sickness Recognition Regulations Adopted

Countries can now request a recognition status for African horse sickness from the OIE. Read More

Scientists See Spots on Prehistoric Horses

Using the LP allele for reference, researchers determined some prehistoric horses had spots like Appaloosas. Read More

Effect of Stressful Situations on Horses' Working Memory

Stress negatively affects horses' working memory, used in training for associating commands with actions. Read More

Researchers: Horses First Domesticated in Western Steppes

Using paleontology, archeology, and genomics, researchers identified the location of equine domestication. Read More

Heart Rate Variability to Detect Equine Transport Stress

Researchers used heart rate variability to identify stress in horses during air and ground transportation. Read More

Conditioning Young Horses

Before your young horse begins full-scale training, he can benefit greatly from physical conditioning. Read More

FEI, OIE Unite to Improve High Performance Horse Transport

The groups' aim is to invoke globally standardized testing and quarantine requirements for performance horses. Read More

French Equine Influenza Outbreak Stabilizing

Only four Normandy breeding farms are under quarantine for the disease and events are continuing as planned. Read More