Trail Riding 101

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Trail Riding 101 is an educational experience based on knowledge from equine experts at Michigan State University and nationally-recognized equine professionals. This course will help you select the right mount and equipment for the type of trail riding you want to pursue. In addition, you will learn more about feeding and conditioning the trail horse as well as first aid on the trail. The last unit of the course will take you step-by-step from leaving home to riding the trails.

Content Expert

Dr. Christine Skelly


You will learn to make an informed decision when selecting a horse for an intended use based on the horse's conformation and your goals.

Overview of Topics
  • Trail riding benefits

  • Horse/Equipment selection

  • Nutrition and conditioning

  • First aid on the trail

  • Trailering to the ride

  • Competitive and non-competitive trail rides

  • Trail safety and etiquette

  • Preserving trails


Each unit consists of an overview, informative topics including pictures and short video clips, as well as optional activities. At the end of each unit there are short quizzes, which you may retake if necessary. The on-line portion of this course is estimated to take 3 to 5 hours to complete.


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

Phone: 517-432-5131


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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