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Horses, riders and volunteers involved in the Mississippi State University therapeutic riding program, such as these pictured in 2014, will take part in performances at 6 p.m. April 14 at the Mississippi Horse Park. (MSU Ag Communication file photo)
April 18, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, Equine, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- About 40 riders involved in Mississippi State University’s therapeutic riding program will exhibit their skills in a special event at 6 p.m. April 14.

Cassie Brunson, coordinator of the MSU Extension Service Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center, is planning this first-ever exhibition to showcase riders and volunteers. The program will take place south of Starkville at the Mississippi Horse Park, located at 869 East Poorhouse Road.

Cassie Brunson, coordinator of the Mississippi State University Extension Service Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center, runs beside Little Sam, led by Paige Davis Linley, 10, a participant in the first Therapeutic Riding Expo, held Tuesday night (April 14) at the Mississippi Horse Park near Starkville, Miss. (Photo by MSU Public Affairs/Megan Bean)
April 15, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, Equine, Family

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When all else fails, try using horses.

Participants in Mississippi State University’s first Therapeutic Riding Expo on April 14 had this advice for anyone who would listen: Horses can help with physical, mental, emotional and communication skills, even when progress from other therapies has slowed or ended. The benefits are not limited to riders with special needs.

Dr. Robin Fontenot, assistant clinical professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, administers shock-wave therapy to an equine patient to help resolve back pain issues. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
April 7, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Equine

By Jenny Burns
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Horse owners across the Southeast can benefit from a new service offered by the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The technology known as “extracorporeal,” or outside of the body, shock-wave therapy has been available at the college since December 2014. This noninvasive treatment can stimulate healing in both new and old injuries to horses.

January 21, 2015 - Filed Under: About Extension, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi’s horse owners and riding enthusiasts have a new resource to assist them with issues related to pleasure and competitive equine activities.

Dr. Cyprianna Swiderski, an associate professor with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, works with an equine patient in this file photo. Swiderski is the next chair of the Morris Animal Foundation's Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board. (Photo by the College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
November 7, 2014 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Morris Animal Foundation has named Dr. Cyprianna Swiderski, associate professor in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, chair of its Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board.

Swiderski, an equine internist who studies airway disease in horses, credits Morris Animal Foundation with the early support of her research that helped to give it credibility. The foundation is a nonprofit organization and is the largest private funding source for research to advance the health of companion animals, horses and wildlife.

Dr. Linda Farris of the Animal Health Center in Brookhaven examines an artificial insemination rod during a Mississippi State University reproduction workshop for cattle producers on March 15, 2013. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
November 6, 2014 - Filed Under: Beef, Equine

PRAIRIE -- Buyers shopping the Mississippi State University horse auction may be surprised to see bulls in the online photo lineup this fall.

This is the second year for horses in the annual Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’s production sale to be auctioned online with eBay-style bidding. All the animals are available for viewing at http://www.auction.msucares.com.

This filly, registered with the American Quarter Horse Association, is one of about 20 horses that will be included in the Mississippi State University horse auction in November. (Submitted Photo)
October 21, 2014 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Most Mississippi State University horses arrive on campus in the spring educating students about the foaling process and leave in November teaching them about auctions.

The annual horse sale will take place in a nontraditional setting as about 20 horses, ages 6 months to 12 years, are sold online Nov. 15 through 21.

This barrel racer was one of 1,651 entries from across the country at the Mississippi Horse Park during 2013 Horse Poor event, which was held in conjunction with the Better Barrel Racing Association Eastern Regional Tour Finale. The 2014 competition will be one of 10 qualifying events for The American, the world's richest one-day rodeo final, and will be nationally televised on RFD-TV on Oct. 17. (Submitted Photo)
May 28, 2014 - Filed Under: Equine, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The eyes of the barrel-racing nation will turn to the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville on Oct. 17.

The Mississippi State University facility will host a qualifying event for The American, a major national rodeo. Parts of the qualifier will be broadcast nationally on RFD-TV and live-streamed over the Internet. This competition is on the first of a three-day event that also will include the Better Barrel Racing Eastern Regional Finals and Horse Poor Barrel Races.

Bricklee Miller, manager of the Mississippi Horse Park at Mississippi State University, receives the Better Barrel Racing Association's Producer of the Year trophy from Garrett Yerigan, left, and Destry Fleming at the barrel racing finals in Oklahoma City on April 26, 2014. (Submitted Photo)
May 15, 2014 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Belt buckles and saddles are coveted in the barrel-racing world, and Mississippi is home to a prestigious trophy for the first time this year.

The Better Barrel Racing Association has named Bricklee Miller, manager of the Mississippi Horse Park at Mississippi State University, as the National Producer of the Year for 2013. The award recognizes Miller’s efforts to produce the Horse Poor Barrel Racing event in conjunction with the Better Barrel Racing Association Eastern Regional Tour Finale last October.

January 9, 2014 - Filed Under: Equine, Rural Development

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Management of facilities used for rodeos and other equine events will be the focus of a Jan. 22 workshop at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville.

The three-hour workshop will begin at 1 p.m. and is for individuals responsible for agricultural centers and other equine venues, as well as anyone who produces or hosts horse shows, barrel races, or other equine events, said Judith Phillips, research associate with the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University.

Victoria Williams races around a barrel at the 2013 Rotary Classic Rodeo, held in February at the Mississippi Horse Park. The Mississippi State University facility near Starkville, Miss., recently earned a "best footing" award from the Women's Professional Rodeo Association. (Submitted Photo)
December 16, 2013 - Filed Under: Equine, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – To find out how important packed dirt is on a rodeo floor, just ask a barrel racer whose horse has just fallen in a timed event.

Callie Cornelison of Scottsboro, Ala., a senior studying animal and dairy sciences at Mississippi State University, practices loading and unloading from a trailer with Leroy, a horse up for bid in an online auction running Nov. 1-21. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
November 1, 2013 - Filed Under: Equine, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Preparing for the production sale of horses from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station has required part old-fashioned hard work and part new-fangled technology.

This year, instead of broadcasting a live auction event, the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Center for Technology Outreach has created a website for an online auction that will run Nov. 1-21.

World-renowned horseman Pat Parelli gives Mississippi State University sophomore Katie Cagle of Tupelo and her horse, Popeye, some personal instruction in the Tunica arena on Oct. 19, 2013. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
October 22, 2013 - Filed Under: Equine

TUNICA – A decade after watching her first demonstration of Pat Parelli’s natural horsemanship techniques, Katie Cagle was in the arena with her horse for some personal instruction from the world-renowned horseman.

Cagle has experienced many equine challenges throughout more than 10 years in 4-H and a lifetime around horses. When the call went out from the Parelli organization for local horses that were difficult to load into a trailer, Cagle knew her horse, Popeye, was the perfect challenge.

More than 20 horses from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station's herd, such as this 2-year-old gray mare, will be sold in an online auction from Nov. 1 to 21 at http://www.auction.msucares.com. (Submitted Photo)
October 16, 2013 - Filed Under: Livestock, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University is moving a popular horse sale into cyberspace with a special online auction.

More than 20 horses from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’s herd will be sold from Nov. 1 to 21 at http://www.auction.msucares.com. Buyers can also bid on the stud fee for one 2014 breeding to gray American quarter horse stallion UGA King of Aces.

Peter Ryan
August 22, 2013 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The American College of Theriogenologists recently recognized a veteran Mississippi State University professor’s research and teaching career with an honorary membership.

Mississippi junior and senior 4-H'ers prepare to enter the ring for the selection of grand and reserve grand champion pony mares, registered American quarter horse mares, grade western mares, and registered paint mares on June 28 during the 2013 4-H Horse Championship at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 2, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock, Equine

JACKSON – To most people, showing horses seems a lot like work because of all the feeding, watering, stall cleaning, grooming and training involved – not to mention the countless hours spent at shows. But to Mississippi 4-H’ers involved in the horse program, all that work is a lot of fun.

Each summer, young people ages 8 to 18 converge on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds for the 4-H Horse Championship to reap the rewards of a year’s worth of effort. This year, more than 600 4-H horse program members participated in six educational contests and 105 riding events.

Dr. Caroline Betbeze performs an eye exam on a horse at Palmer Home in Columbus while fourth-year veterinary student Steven Davison looks on. The free exam was one of many offered for service animals as part of a national program. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Karen Templeton)
May 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Livestock, Animal Health, Equine

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

COLUMBUS – Regular eye exams are an integral part of animal health maintenance, so the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is providing free eye screening to service animals throughout the month of May.

January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Livestock, Equine

WEST POINT – Registration is under way for veterans seeking non-traditional animal-assisted activities to address physical or mental challenges as a result of military service.

International Equine Services for Heroes will be offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center, which promotes educational and research-based equine activities.

January 10, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Equine, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is seeking donations of adult-sized saddles and two additional safe, gentle horses for therapeutic riding sessions.

The MSU Extension Service’s 4-H Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center, or TRAC, promotes therapeutic riding through educational and research-based activities. Therapy horses must be in good health, have a current negative Coggins test, and be people friendly and extremely calm. English and western saddles are also needed for the program.

Dr. Cyprianna "Chipper" Swiderski's childhood love for horses put her on a career path including nearly 25 years as an equine practitioner and now as a faculty member in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
January 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Livestock, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Even though she did not grow up on a farm, Dr. Cyprianna “Chipper” Swiderski grew up in the Baltimore area with a love for horses.

That love carried her through two graduate degrees, an internship, a residency and nearly 25 years as an equine practitioner. Now, she is a faculty member in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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