Horse Foundation Course
Understanding horse terminology is your foundation to becoming a good horse person and being able to communicate with other horse people. In this course you will learn how to identify the horse’s body parts, the basics of conformation, the horse’s birthdate, how to identify horses and learn how to read a horse’s pedigree page in a sale catalogue.
This course includes the Learning Modules:
1. Parts Of The Horse
2. Parts Of The Hoof
3. Basic Terminology
4. The Horse’s Age
5. Horse Identification, Colours & Markings
6. Conformation Basics
7. Introduction To Reading Pedigrees
Accreditation: TBA Horse Foundation Course Certificate Of Completion
Meet The Experts
Upon graduating the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2008, Dr Michelle Maidment moved to Australia to intern at Randwick Equine Centre.
This was followed by a move back to the UK where she worked with sport and leisure horses at Lambourn Equine. Michelle then spent a year doing stud work in Newcastle.
Michelle has worked at Coolmore in the Hunter Valley since 2013. She enjoys seeing foals on the farm progress to racehorses and then return as breeding stallions and mares.
James Balfe is a farrier with over 40 years’ experience in the thoroughbred industry.
Originally from County Mayo in the western part of Ireland, Balfe first came to Australia in 1996 to work for Coolmore. He now calls Australia home.
Together with Sarah Wills, Balfe breeds thoroughbreds for racing and Connemara ponies for jumping and performance sports at their stud Killeenfarna Connemara In Scone, New South Wales.
Peter O’Brien is the general manager of Segenhoe in Aberdeen, NSW.
Peter was born in Ireland and spent the majority of his youth attending the races with his mentor and leading racing journalist, Tom McCormack.
On leaving school Peter went to Kentucky where he worked for Taylor Made. He also spent time working for Windfield's Farm in both Canada and Maryland (home of the famed Northern Dancer).
Following this Peter worked the Southern Hemisphere seasons in Australia handling the Coolmore stallions at Arrowfield Stud, Woodlands Stud, Stockwell Stud and Ra Ora stud in New Zealand. He also spent invaluable time with leading trainers Colin Hayes at Lindsay Park and Neville Begg in Sydney.
In 1996 Peter moved permanently to Australia to take over the management of Coolmore Australia before starting work at Segenhoe Stud in 2014.