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Man on a horseCreating a Strong Foundation
March 10-11 in Canton and May 26-27 in Liberty

This is a horse riding clinic to ensure a strong foundation of softness and willingness for a more enjoyable horse. The Creating a Strong Foundation Clinic will cover the basics of achieving softness and suppleness in the horse, while also promoting better horsemanship from the rider.  The clinic will include exercises to achieve a better stop, teach the turn around, lead changes, and lateral movement in the horse. All in all, the founding principles will lead to a better overall performance for any discipline.

For more information, please contact Dr. Clay Cavinder at


MSU Online Horse Judging

The MSU Horse Judging Team recently released an online judging site that coaches and adult leaders can utilize for practice material. The site contains numerous four-horse classes of Halter, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Riding, Hunter Hack, Western Horsemanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Trail and Ranch Riding. Soon to be added are Reining, Heading, Heeling and Tie-Down Roping, along with quick tips and tutorials concerning how to correctly mark a score card, penalties and how to apply them, and basic overviews of how to evaluate classes.


Management 101: Ranch Horse Series
Every Tuesday night from 6-9 in Verona, April 11 through May 16

We recently wrapped up the first ever MSU Horse Management 101 clinic series in Winona, MS. This 8 week course covered topics such as proper feeding and nutrition, how to maximize reproductive efficiency, parasite control and equine dentistry, selecting the equine athlete, and anatomy of the hoof and general care. Many guest lecturers devoted their time to this wonderful program and participants not only got to sit in on these talks, but they also got to develop their riding abilities with instructors who taught about horsemanship skills, suppling the horse, counter canter exercises, the stop, and much more.


Cow Horse and Ranch Handling Clinic

A one day clinic to provide information and direction for competing in two new classes (Ranch Handling and Cowhorse Boxing) offered at the 2017 State 4-H Show.

Dates and times:
March 14 – Houston
March 17 – Winona
March 18 – Brookhaven
May 13 – Hattiesburg

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The side view of a bridled and saddled brown horse inside a corral.
Filed Under: Equine November 21, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Eleven registered American Quarter Horses from the Mississippi State University equine unit in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences will be available for online purchase this weekend.

The auction begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 24 and concludes at 8 p.m. Nov. 26. Descriptions, images and registration papers for each horse may be viewed online at

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, explains a riding pattern he will judge to a group of young women. McBeath, a long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H Program, is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Homan)
Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Equine May 10, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H program is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year.

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, received the honor at the recent American Youth Horse Council symposium in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He has spent nearly four decades working with youth to establish strong foundations for successful experiences with horses.

Jake Fulgham, the header, and Ty Edmondson, the heeler, take part in a team roping event at the 4-H Spring Rodeo Classic in April 2016 at the Chickasaw County Agri-Center.  (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Fulgham)
Filed Under: Equine April 27, 2017

HOUSTON, Miss. -- Chickasaw County residents are feeling the ripple effect of renovating a dilapidated agri-center three years ago.

"Horse events can have a tremendous economic impact on a community," said Angie Abrams, Chickasaw County 4-H agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. "The agri-center renovation didn't just benefit a handful of people with horses. It has helped local businesses, youth development and other groups needing a large covered space for specific activities."

Barrel racers, such as this participant in the 2013 Horse Poor event at the Mississippi Horse Park, can improve their skills in a clinic at Mississippi State University on May 27, 2017. (Submitted Photo)
Filed Under: Equine April 26, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Horse owners with a "need for speed" can work on the fundamentals of barrel racing at an upcoming clinic at Mississippi State University.

The MSU Extension Service is hosting the clinic from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. May 27 at the MSU Horse Unit on the Henry H. Leveck Research Farm, often referred to as South Farm.

Mississippi State University Extension Service equine specialist Clay Cavinder will assist in the Horse Management: 101 classes from April 11 to May 16 at the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona. (File photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
Filed Under: Equine March 10, 2017

VERONA, Miss. -- Horse owners and riding enthusiasts can learn the basics of riding and equine care at evening classes each Tuesday from April 11 to May 16.

Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting the six-week course at the Lee County Agri-Center, located at 5395 Highway 145 in Verona. Nutrena is cosponsoring Horse Management 101: Ranch Horse Series.

Extension equine specialist Clay Cavinder said the lessons will be suitable for all ages.

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