My Horse University: Horse Selection and Evaluation

Course Overview

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.


If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact My Horse University at

Course Format

Self-paced Course



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 Password: Create Your Account. For detailed, step-by-step instructions visit the following page: Account Creation Instructions

  2. Login to the registration system with your Community ID and Password: Horse Selection and Evaluation.

  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 IT Service Desk from 7am-12am Monday through Friday and 10am-12am on Saturday/Sunday, any day that the University is open.
  • Phone: (517) 432-6200
  • Phone (toll free): 1 (844) 678-6200
  • Email Web Form

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: 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.
  4. I forgot my password – where can I reset it?
    If you need to reset your password at any time go to and select the option for "Need help Signing in."