Course Contact: Dr. Christine Skelly
The Horse Selection and Evaluation course is based on the knowledge of equine experts at Michigan State University and nationally recognized equine professionals. In this course, you will discover a wealth of resources for learning about many factors that contribute to sound decisions when selecting a horse for a specific use. Horse ownership can be a rewarding experience, and selecting the right horse is the first step! For questions regarding this course, please contact Dr. Christine Skelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will learn about many aspects of horse selection, including breeds, uses, identification, conformation, unsoundness and blemishes, key factors to remember when purchasing a horse, and the responsibilities of horse ownership.
More specifically, you will learn about:
Horse uses, from dressage to rodeo
Horse breeds and their common uses
Identifying a horse based on color, markings and teeth
The components of conformation, including skeletal structure, balance, muscling, quality and movement as it applies to various breeds and performance disciplines
Common unsoundness and blemish problems that may affect the performance of a horse
How to evaluate a horse for purchase
Common horse-related expenses
Each unit consists of an overview, informative topics including pictures and short video clips, plus optional activities. It is estimated to take 8 to 10 hours to complete the course.
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.
Create your MSU Guest Account/Community ID and Password: Create Your Account.
Login to the registration system with your Community ID and Password: Horse Selection and Evaluation.
Follow the instructions to register for the course. Upon registration, you will receive a receipt and instructions for accessing the course.
If you need technical assistance please contact the Michigan State University Help Desk. They are available 24/7 at or 1-800-500-1554. Tell them you are logging into an MSU Extension online course with an MSU Community ID.
Frequently Asked Questions
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).
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.
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.
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.
Who can I call for technical support?
The Michigan State University Help Desk. They are available 24/7 at email@example.com or 1-800-500-1554. Tell them you are logging into an MSU Extension online course with an MSU Community ID.
Course Overview Video