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Hosted by Mississippi State Extension specialist and professor Clay Cavinder, Taking the Reins is a podcast for all equine enthusiasts! 


November 17, 2023

Rob is back for another sit-down discussion on TTR!  In this episode, Clay and Rob shoot the bull about training horses and the “good old days.”  They both tell stories of riding horses and how their previous experiences with them have shaped their lives. Through humor and honesty, these stories give insight into practical ways to work with horses and communicate with them effectively. 

Closed captioning can be viewed on Taking the Reins-Mississippi State on YouTube.

November 3, 2023

Responsible care and management is an important part of equine ownership.  However, many people are unaware of just how important dentistry can be to their horse's overall health and well-being.  Dr. Allen Etheridge is a veterinarian and owner of Southern Performance Horse Dentistry.  In this episode of TTR, Dr. Etheridge outlines the importance of regular dental exams, as well as discusses how chiropractic care is influential in performance horses.

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Closed captioning can be viewed on Taking the Reins-Mississippi State on YouTube.

October 20, 2023

Advertising and selling horses are something most horse owners will have to do at some point.  In this episode of TTR, Clay and Joel McQuagge of the University of Florida, discuss marketing strategies for horses going to sale.  They also share insight into what has and hasn't worked for them in managing university sale programs.  Even if you are not planning to sell your horse, this episode will give additional insight into what goes into selling horses in today's market of online and live auctions.

Closed captioning can be viewed on Taking the Reins-Mississippi State on YouTube.

October 6, 2023

From the outside looking in, the horse show way of life may seem like a dream job!  What most people fail to see is the day-to-day grind of taking care of horses and all that goes along with them.  Many trainers have aspirations of getting to the top, and then staying on top, but what is not openly discussed is the mental and physical stress that comes with the territory.  In this episode, Clay has an open and straightforward conversation with professional horse trainer Rob Huddleston of 4F Performance Horses.  They discuss the highs of the horse show world and the lows of the physical and mental stress placed on trainers and their families.

September 22, 2023

Can you still be involved with horses and the equine industry without owning a horse?  Yes, you can!  In this episode we discuss some of the responsibilities of owning a horse but also what opportunities may exist for those who don't have a horse.  Be sure to listen as Clay and North Carolina State Extension Specialist, Alaina Cross, discuss some ideas you can explore to satisfy your "itch" for horses.