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Mississippi State University stallion Minister Slew, a grandson of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, was euthanized on July 11 after fracturing a leg during a sudden thunderstorm. Donated to the university in 2002, Minister Slew was alone in his paddock when he apparently spooked or took a misstep during the storm. (Photo submitted by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Terri Snead)
July 17, 2008 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University’s equine reproduction program lost its top stallion to a catastrophic leg injury during a severe thunderstorm on the afternoon of July 11.

Minister Slew, a grandson of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, was alone in a paddock when he apparently spooked or took a misstep during a sudden thunderstorm and fractured a front leg above the knee. He was euthanized a short time later.

Harness drivers Floyd Bell of Starkville (left) and Henry McDonald of Louisville took their horses for a practice run over the Mississippi Horse Park's newly renovated race track. They were among participants at the track dedication ceremony. The 5/8-mile oval may be scheduled for practice on Tuesday evenings. The next race tentatively is planned for late September. (Photo by Bob Ratliff)
July 10, 2008 - Filed Under: Equine

By Steven Nalley
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A recent excavation effort will enable Mississippi harness racing enthusiasts who love attending good races actually to see some.

A hill in the center of the Mississippi Horse Park's five-eighths-mile all weather track obscured the audience's view of the back of the track for more than half a decade after the park opened in 1999. The harness track reopened on June 20, after the removal of 65,000 cubic yards of dirt from its center.

April 17, 2008 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Horse owners and others wanting to learn more about equine nutrition will have two options for attending a conference May 8-9: online or in Memphis.

The Southeast Equine Conference, “Horse nutrition for the future,” is sponsored by the Extension Services of Mississippi State University and the University of Tennessee. Participants can attend in person at the Agricenter in Memphis, located on the corner of Walnut Grove Road and Germantown Road, or online with an interactive Webcast.

Two mothers with claim to one filly are together with Mississippi State University representatives Russ Farrar (from left), Dr. Kevin Walters and Greg Fulgham. Top Card, the filly's biological mother is a quarter horse and is on the left. Her surrogate mother, Avonlea, is a Tennessee walking horse and is on the right. (Photo by Tom Thompson)
November 29, 2007 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Her future registered name may be different, but around the horse unit at Mississippi State University, everyone calls her Popsicle.

Born in September, Popsicle is the result of MSU's first successful frozen embryo transfer in horses. University veterinarians have performed embryo transfers in recent years, but the freezing process takes the complicated procedure one step further.

November 6, 2007 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University will auction about 60 horses and one pony on Nov. 17 to raise money to support MSU's equine research.

The sale will begin at 1 p.m. after a sponsored noon lunch for sale participants. Buyers can begin viewing stock at 10 a.m., and horses under saddle will be displayed between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

Horse trainer Michael Freely instructs Mississippi State University students in an equine behavior class. (Photo by Linda Breazeale)
November 1, 2007 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- No matter how much they thought they knew, the two- and four-legged students in Peter Ryan's new “special topic” class are learning a lot.

The class, Equine Behavior Modification, is giving 15 students the opportunity to learn how to break horses without breaking themselves. The horses -- as untamed as rarely handled cattle -- are learning that people are more trustworthy than they originally suspected.

August 30, 2007 - Filed Under: Beef, Equine

STARKVILLE -- Cattle producers and horse owners can take part in certified training through the upcoming Master Stockman programs at Mississippi State University.

The Mississippi Master Horseman and Mississippi Master Cattle Producer programs will take place Sept. 14-15 at the Mississippi Horse Park, located adjacent to MSU’s South Farm near Starkville. Each program will offer different tracks to accommodate specific interests and experience levels -- basic and advanced. The cattle tracks will address cow-calf production and stocker cattle management.

Laramy Cummings, right, is presented the Mississippi Eventing and Dressage Association/Sherry Levin Memorial Scholarship. Jenna Schilling, MEDA membership coordinator, presented the award. (Photo by Wes Schilling/MSU)
June 7, 2007 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Laramy Cummings was recently named the first recipient of a new scholarship named in honor of a long-time supporter of equine activities in Oktibbeha County.

March 29, 2007 - Filed Under: 4-H, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As therapeutic riding programs catch on across the state, Mississippi State University is planning to host a national training workshop for instructors and volunteers interested in improving their skills.

The MSU Extension Service’s 4-H therapeutic riding program will host a national workshop June 7 and 8 for up to 40 people. The deadline for registration is May 1.

March 22, 2007 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Experience, not age, was the key for five Newton County 4-H members as their knowledge of horses and participation in previous competitions took them to first place in a recent national competition in Denver.

The team had some of the youngest participants in the senior division of the Western National 4-H Roundup Horse Bowl. But at age 15, these young teens were not new to horse bowl competitions.

Preston Buff
February 28, 2007 - Filed Under: About Extension, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Responding to the rapidly growing needs of the state’s horse industry, Mississippi State University has a new equine specialist in place to educate and support owners and potential owners.

Preston Buff joined MSU’s animal and dairy science faculty in January.

Terry Kiser, animal and dairy sciences department head, said the addition of Buff to the faculty will greatly expand the university’s service to horse owners.

February 22, 2007 - Filed Under: Forages, Beef, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Livestock producers saw it coming, but the hay shortage is forcing some tough decisions that may have long-term repercussions on the health, performance and profitability of their animals.

Jane Parish, beef cattle specialist with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, said surplus hay is difficult to find in the state, and the traditional spring forage flush is not yet available. She receives calls daily from producers looking for more hay.

September 28, 2006 - Filed Under: Equine

By Shoshana Brackett

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Ashley Hill does not fit the profile of a traditional scientific researcher. She's a second year veterinary student who spent her summer researching a disabling skin disorder in horses.

Hill was one of 16 students participating in a student summer research program at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Jerald Ainsworth, associate dean of research and graduate studies at the CVM, said the 12-week summer program provides students with valuable insight into the work of scientists.

October 20, 2005 - Filed Under: Beef, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Top quality beef animals and horses will move through the auction ring Nov. 17 as Mississippi State University releases more than 100 research herd cattle and horses to the highest bidders.

MSU and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the 23rd annual Animal Production Sale at the Mississippi Horse Park, AgriCenter and Fairgrounds, which is located on Poorhouse Road south of Starkville.

July 7, 2005 - Filed Under: Equine, Disaster Response

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Hurricane Ivan in 2004 served as a wake-up call for many coastal horse owners who drove hundreds of miles to find refuge at the Mississippi Horse Park near Starkville.

The 2005 hurricane season is already validating predictions for another eventful year for Gulf Coast residents still looking at months of risks before the season concludes on Nov. 1.

Cal Senorita, an American quarter horse on Mississippi State University's South Farm, stands with her third foal born in 2005. Cal delivered this filly on March 16. Two surrogate mothers delivered her colts on Feb. 12 and Feb. 21. The two colts were products of embryo transfer procedures performed last year at MSU.
April 21, 2005 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The headline, "Mare produces three foals in one season," reads like the front page of a grocery store tabloid, but one Mississippi State University mare actually accomplished this feat in 2005.

Super Mom...

Described by her former owner Buddy Wiggins as a star among cutting horses at the age of 3, Cal Senorita's athletic efforts in the arena resulted in career-ending leg problems. Wiggins donated the American quarter horse with an outstanding pedigree and more than $16,000 in earnings to MSU in 2000.

September 30, 2004 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A team of Mississippi State University veterinary researchers hopes to find the genetic defect responsible for a devastating skin disease in American quarter horses.

August 5, 2004 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Horse enthusiasts will find a lot to like at the Sept. 25 Fall Horse Sale at the Mississippi Horse Park, AgriCenter and Fairgrounds.

Sale-day activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with an equine nutrition program, followed by a lunch sponsored by Cargill Animal Nutrition. The sale begins at 1 p.m. and features almost 50 horses from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station research herd.

May 20, 2004 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Keeping up with equine vaccination schedules may seem like an expensive inconvenience, but protected horses likely will avoid more serious and costly health problems.

April 29, 2004 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As therapeutic riding programs catch on across the state, Mississippi State University is planning to host a national training workshop for instructors and volunteers interested in improving their skills.