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Man on a horseHands on Horses

This is a 1-day hands-on approach to gaining knowledge associated with equine management. 

This course will be taught on March 24th in Starkville at the MAFES Horse Unit.

For more information, please contact Dr. Clay Cavinder at


Management 101: Ranch Horse Series

This is a 6-week course (Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm) that will be taught outside of Batesville starting March 27.  

Horse Management 101 is a program aimed to provide horse interested persons with the management and training skills necessary to promote successful practices. Topics will be discussed in a lecture setting and complimented with hands-on riding and training techniques. Lecture topics will address numerous aspects of equine businesses, while training topics will cover the basics needed to promote effective communication between horse and rider.


Youth Horse Judging Camp

We will be having a 3-day youth camp for kids age 12-18 who are interested in developing the skills needed to be successful competitors in horse judging contests. This camp will address all aspects of judging (Western, English, Halter, and Reasons) and be done so in a fun and inviting atmosphere. No matter if the child is brand new to judging or a seasoned veteran, all will gain knowledge and experience. Live judging contest with awards will wrap up the 3-day event. Date for this camp is June 1-3! Itinerary and more information to come.

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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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