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

Do Horses Prefer Patting or Scratching?

Recent study results lead researchers to believe a scratch wins over a pat as a more effective reward. Read More

Does Your Sport Horse Have a Huge Heart? He Might!

Often called the "athlete's heart," an enlarged heart in a horse is frequently accompanied by murmurs and arrhythmias. Read More

Researchers Evaluate Equine Stress Levels at Competitions

Cortisol levels were higher during a competition than at home, and they continued rising throughout the event. Read More

Factors Contributing to Cross-Country Falls Evaluated

The only variable researchers could link with the likelihood of falling was competitive rank going into cross-country. Read More

Foals Follow Dams' Leads When Dealing With Scary Objects

Researchers found that foals that watched their dams calmly handle scary objects ended up being less fearful themselves. Read More

WEG Heads to Canada in 2018

The World Equestrian Games will take place in Bromont, Canada, only the second time it's been held in North America. Read More

'Low-Density' Genotyping Could Benefit Owners, Researchers

Researchers say the more affordable technique could lead to a better understanding of diseases and disease processes. Read More

French Vaulter Films Equestrian Commercial

Our international reporter watched as a film crew captured vaulting footage for a commercial. Here are her takeaways. Read More

Study: Horses can Communicate Blanketing Preferences

Researchers taught horses to request a blanket be put on, a rug be taken off, or no change using different symbols. Read More

Do Professionals Judge Horse Behavior Like Scientists?

Researchers found that equestrian professionals appear to disagree with scientists on horses' head and neck positions. Read More

Study: Cortisol and Noncribbing Cribbers

When cribbers did not crib, their salivary cortisol levels were up to 38% higher than those of noncribbers. Read More

Why Equitation Scientists Love Dressage Star Valegro

The British Grand Prix horse has become equitation science's sweetheart. Find out why. Read More

Strengths and Limitations of Equine Stress Measurements

Measuring equine stress isn't as easy as it might sound, one researcher said. Here's a review of the current techniques. Read More

Recurrent Colic Risk Factors Identified

As horses' pasture time increased, colic risk decreased; however, stereotypies appeared to increase repeat colic risk. Read More

Women in Equestrian Sport

Why do you think the horse world is predominately female? Read More

WEG Reflections: Rehomed Horses Shine

Horses cast from other careers competed and entertained at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Read More

Improving Anti-Venom Donor Horses' Welfare

Anti-venoms have been derived from horses since 1884. Learn how scientists are working to improve these horses' welfare. Read More

WEG Reflections: Cross Country

Our international reporter takes a look back at the 2014 World Equestrian Games cross-country day. Read More

Do Horses Actually Enjoy Pats After a Winning Ride?

Our equitation science reporter shares why she doesn't pat her horse for a job well done. Read More

Stop the Bleeding

As prevalent as EIPH is, we still don't fully understand this potentially performance-limiting condition. Read More

Study: Low-Dose Omeprazole and Gastric Ulcers

A low dose of a certain omeprazole preparation was as effective in treating some ulcers as the standard dose. Read More

The Amazing Para Horse

Watching the positive relationships between para-horses and riders competing at WEG brought this reporter to tears. Read More

Artwork at the WEG Village

Take a tour of the art our reporter found around the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Read More

Magnetic Blankets' Impacts on Horses Studied

Researchers found that magnets in blankets don't have the impact on blood flow that some manufacturers might claim. Read More

Top 10 Coolest Things to do at WEG Village

Find out what not to miss in the 2014 World Equestrian Games Vendor Village. Read More