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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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Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Beef, Equine, Goats and Sheep, Forestry, Wildlife February 26, 2024

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Small ruminants are a popular choice for people like J.T. Crownover who want to get into the livestock business but do not want to raise cattle. Crownover attended the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 20. The forum, where agricultural producers can discuss their needs with MSU administrators, researchers, specialists and Extension agents, was the catalyst for the university’s active small ruminant program.

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Filed Under: Equine January 29, 2024

Although much of civilization is intertwined with the use of horses, these animals are much more than beasts of burden, and research today continues to look at the bond between horses and humans.

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Filed Under: Equine February 1, 2023

Horses have been part of Mississippi State University programs for years in teaching, research and the student equestrian team, but breeding has not been a significant aspect until recently. In the eight years he has been with MSU, Clay Cavinder, Extension equine specialist, has made equine breeding and sales a priority. The average price for yearling and 2-year-old horses has increased steadily over the years to $8,600 in 2022.

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Volume 10 Number 2

She knew she wanted to teach even when she was just a kid, but Dr. Molly Nicodemus also realized pretty quickly that she wanted to teach older students at the college level. Now an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Mississippi State University, Nicodemus has embraced a new teaching role with adolescents and teens as a volunteer leader for the Winston County 4-H Horse Club.

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Volume 10 Number 2

In late February, Mississippi State University hosted the 2024 National Floriculture Forum, an annual conference held at different locations around the country. 

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Volume 3 Number 2

4-H builds teen's life skills

On first glance, she seems an ordinary teen, but Oktibbeha County 4-H’er Millie Thompson has an exceptional work ethic, and she’s achieved success at the national level. Everything she does is inspired by Ecclesiastes 9:10, she says.

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