Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA
Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master's degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.
Articles by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA
Two Canadian Riders Opt Out of Olympics
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Jan 12, 2008 | Article, Olympics, Transport Stress
Three top dressage riders–one from Switzerland and two from Canada?have renounced their participation in the 2008 summer Olympics in China, citing potential equine health hazards posed by extreme climate and travel conditions.
Curly Horse Farm Caters to Allergic Equestrians
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Jan 5, 2008 | Article, Genetics
Curly is on its way to becoming the fashion in France–not only in the hairdressers’ salons, but in the stables, including a new equestrian center just north of the Riviera.
Since 2000, American Bashkir Curly breeding farms have been popping uRead More
Questions Raised about Dead Horses Dumped Outside Kuwait Equestrian Clubs
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Dec 21, 2007 | Article, Horse Industry News
At least 14 horses have been found dead in front of two equestrian centers in Kuwait, according to Kuwaiti news reports, an animal protection organization, and a local resident. Many of the horses appear to have died from gunshot wounds to theRead More
Animal Welfare Group Blocked from Attending Paris Horse Expo
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Dec 6, 2007 | Article, Equine Welfare Legislation, Slaughter
The anti-hippophagy campaign of the France-based Foundation Brigitte Bardot (FBB), a non-profit organization which aims to prevent animal cruelty worldwide,Read More
Four Horses Die after Feed Mixing Error
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Dec 3, 2007 | Article, Poisoning & Toxicity
A horse and three ponies have died, and several other equids have been temporarily paralyzed, following the ingestion of contaminated feed in French Guiana (a department of France located on the northern edge of South America), according to theRead More
FEI Initiating Thermographic Exams to Prevent Show Jumper Abuse Technique
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Nov 30, 2007 | Abuse Neglect News, Article, Drug Testing
The F?d?ration Equestre Internationale (FEI) recently approved new measures to ensure the legs of high-level jumping horses are not being intentionally sensitized to pain in order to provide a competitive advantage. Beginning in 2008, officialRead More
Quarantine Protocol Under Fire in Australian Flu Inquiry
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Nov 18, 2007 | Article, Influenza, Quarantine
Three months after Australia’s first-ever outbreak of equine influenza, an independent inquiry into the history and management of the outbreak is uncovering troubling flaws in the government’s quarantine procedures, according toRead More
Researchers: African Horse Sickness Could Shift North
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Oct 5, 2007 | African Horse Sickness, Article
As the global climate changes gradually, an equine disease that was once limited to sub-Saharan Africa could reach as far north as England in the near future, according to several European animal health networks.
African horse sicknessRead More
French National Stud Recovering from EVA Outbreak
Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Sep 28, 2007 | Article, Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA), Stallion Care
Eight stallions of the French national stud have been castrated and two others removed from the breeding site in an effort to control the spread of a recent outbreak of equine viral arteritis (EVA) in northwestern France.
No new EVA casesRead More