Purchasing and Owning a Horse 101

Topics: Matching horse and rider, sales contracts, pre-purchase exams, shopping for a horse, facility management

Course Contact: Dr. Christine Skelly

For questions regarding this course, please contact Dr. Christine Skelly at skellych@msu.edu

Course Overview

Owning a horse can be a rewarding experience. Success depends on matching the right horse to owner, based on the prospective owner’s goals and equestrian ability. Once the match is made, both the fun and work begins!  Horse ownership is a big responsibility, not just in relation to the size of the animal, but also in the amount of time and financial investment that is required in the day to day upkeep of an equine companion. A horse requires daily management including feeding and exercising the horse as well as maintaining the horse's housing. In addition, routine health care including annual vaccinations, parasite control, dental care, and hoof care must be regularly attended to. After all of the necessary daily work and health care is accomplished, the owner can enjoy building a partnership with their equine companion through riding, driving or ground work. Course topics include:

  • Matching horse and rider

  • Shopping for a horse

  • Behavioral problems to avoid

  • Sales contracts

  • Pre-Purchase exams

  • Facility management

  • Basic equine nutrition

  • Basic equine health

  • Equipment selection 

This course was developed with content from our Horse Selection and Evaluation premier course.

Course Format

Self-paced

Price

FREE

 

Registration Instructions

To register for this course you will need to create an account, sign in with your email/password, and complete the registration process. To watch a video tutorial, demonstrating an overview of the registration process, click on the following link: Online Course Registration Video Tutorial. Step-by-step instructions are below.

 

  1. Create your MSU Guest Account/Community ID and PasswordCreate Your Account

  2. Login to the registration system with your Community ID and Password: Purchasing and Owning a Horse 101.

  3. Follow the instructions to register for the course. Upon registration, you will receive a receipt and instructions for accessing the course.

Technical Assistance

If you have any technical problems please contact the Michigan State University Discovery Services Help Desk. They are available at reachout@msu.edu or at 800-500-1554 from 7am-12am Monday through Friday and 10am-12am on Saturday/Sunday.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is my username/NETID?
    Your username (or NET ID) is the email address you used to create your account during registration (you use the same email address/password for registering and for taking the course).

  2. What URL do I go to for logging into the course?
    Go to: 
    https://d2l.msu.edu/. You will see the Michigan State University at the top of the page. Login with the email address and password you set during the registration process.

  3. I received a “not authenticated” response when trying to login – what do I do?
    A “not authenticated” message is typically an issue with a password not being entered correctly. To reset your password at any time go to: 
    https://community.idm.msu.edu/ and select the option for Forgot Password. You will receive an email from a sender called “Community ID” with a link to reset your password.

  4. I forgot my password – where can I reset it?
    To reset your password at any time go to: 
    https://community.idm.msu.edu/ and select the option for Forgot Password. You will receive an email from a sender called “Community ID” with a link to reset your password.

  5. Who can I call for technical support?
    If you have any technical problems please contact the Michigan State University Discovery Services Help Desk. They are available at reachout@msu.edu or at 800-500-1554 from 7am-12am Monday through Friday and 10am-12am on Saturday/Sunday.

CONTACT US

Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 W. Circle Drive; Room 409
East Lansing, MI, 48824

Phone: 517-432-5131

Email:  info@myhorseuniversity.com

My Horse University is a national online program for horse enthusiasts based at Michigan State University, one of the top U.S. universities in Equine Science and Management, with MSU Extension. 

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