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 Break Down Horses' IBH Reactions

Some horses respond to insect bites with inflammation and itching; others react with cellular-level defense mechanisms. Read More

WWI-Era Bacteria: The Key to Eradicating Strangles?

In the battle against strangles, researchers believe they've discovered a critical genomic influence: war. Read More

Surgical Repair of Hock Fractures in Sport Horses Successful

Researchers say a screw fixation procedure can help sport horses return to function after a central tarsus fracture. Read More

Study: Shelters Help Keep Flies at Bay

Researchers found providing a climate-appropriate shelter in the summer can provide horses with shade and insect relief. Read More

iPads for Horses? Touch-Screen Technology in Equine Research

Touch-screen computers could remove the risk of human influence in research on equine decision-making and actions. Read More

Peat Gets Thumbs Up as Horse Bedding

Peat might not be pretty, but study results suggest it might be better for your horse's health than wood shavings. Read More

National Stud at Newmarket Quarantined for EHV- 1

The affected filly is receiving veterinary care and is expected to make a full recovery. Read More

Indoor Arena Dust: Damaging to Horse and Rider

Dusty arenas could be compromising your respiratory health, right along with your horse's. Read More

Navigating Barriers: Can Horses Watch and Learn?

While equine social learning might be possible in some situations, it doesn't seem to work with spatial detour tasks. Read More

Is Sustainability a Heritable Trait in Thoroughbreds?

While environmental factors, such as nutrition and training, shape sustainability, genetics influence it, as well. Read More

Researchers Study the Biomechanics of Collection

Scientists studied the kinematics of both horse and rider to better understand exactly what goes on during collection. Read More

OIE Shares New Strategic Plan Details

The organization's plan includes six studies focused on equine influenza, African horse sickness, and glanders. Read More

Can Horses Follow Humans' Pointing Gestures?

Horses trained with ground work learned to recognize finger pointing faster than those trained with other methods. Read More

Foal Sex, Gestation Length Heritable Through Mare Bloodlines

This marks the first time such a connection has been made in any mammalian species. Read More

Study: Surgery to Fix Patella Problem Often Successful

Upward fixation of the patella resolved in 97% of horses undergoing a medial patellar ligament splitting procedure. Read More

Heart Rate Variability to Monitor Unborn Foals' Health

Heart rate variability gives a broader and possibly more accurate look at fetal well-being than heart rate alone. Read More

Hyperflexion in International Dressage: 1992 vs. 2008

Hyperflexion was more common in the 2008 World Cup than the 1992 Olympic Games in dressage classes, researchers found. Read More

Study: Winter Shelter Preferences Vary Among Horses

In many cases, a good shelter with adequate food is enough to keep horses warm during winter weather, researchers found. Read More

Is Your Horse Happy in a Stall?

It's a question that can polarize equestrians. Here, one researcher shares what she's learned on the topic. Read More

How to Be a 'Rein-Dear' This Year

Top international equitation scientists offer tips to ensure you use your riding reins in a horse-friendly, ethical way. Read More

Supporting-Limb Laminitis Uncommon, Researchers Find

As a result, one vet said efforts to prevent laminitis of common origins could reduce the disease's impact more. Read More

Head Tack Mechanics

Bridles, reins, and martingales serve a variety of biomechanics functions. Here's what you should know. Read More

First Case of HERDA-like Disease in Warmbloods Identified

Researchers recently diagnosed the first homozygous case of Warmblood fragile foal syndrome (WFFS), a genetic disorder. Read More

Are Foals Born Early in the Year More Dominant?

Researchers found that older weanlings appear to be--and seem to stay--more dominant in the social hierarchy. Read More

Understanding Automatism in Performance Horses

Why does a racehorse keep running after losing his jockey? Because of a brain function called automatism. Read More