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How does it all work?

In this section we try to provide all the information you need to decide if these courses are for you.  We think you will find these courses and programmes are more flexible than other similar courses. Many of the courses are more comprehensive than similar courses available too.

When you click confirm & pay in full – you will be sent an automated email. The email contains a file download link.  If you do not receive any email, check your spam folder.

  • Enrol. Save the first file/s. Confirm they opened OK.
    • Save to a computer or ipad using Adobe Acrobat Reader  (your phone is insufficient)
  • Read it through, make your own notes.  Most people find it easier to work from the printed page so print their course material up.

Now take your time on working through the course material.  Review again the course information pages in the first file you are sent.

Carefully read and try to absorb the information in the course.  Making your own notes in your own words will help you learn.  When it comes to the research projects and activities, make sure you do the research carefully and methodically.  Take your time to do things properly.

There is no point in paying good money for a course unless you really do absorb the information.

We expect people who have lots of time to study, to take 2 – 3 weeks at the very least towork through the first file.  Other people who may have family/full time job/horses and other commitments may take much longer.

  • When you are ready, email us for the next file (see Delivery of Course Material).
  • You gradually build your own file of notes as you work.
  • If life gets busy or hectic – just put the course away and pick it up again when life calms down. If taking a long break though we do ask that you contact us every 18 months to keep your course active (every 12 months if on the First Aid Course)
  • That’s all there is to it!

NOTE: The link to the first file will usually be automatically sent to the Billing address.  Forward this to the student if you registered for them.

If you are enrolling someone else, the student /s MUST (on the same day) contact us directly from their own email address.  They must state their name and address, details of the course on which you are enrolling them and must provide details of the person/organisation paying for their course.  We must have this information first.

Sharing courses – see Level 1 description.

Established in 1994 and since then we have trained a worldwide family of professional and amateur riders.  We are an enduring professional training provider because we care as much about horses as we do about people.

After you have read this whole page, if you have more questions….. we have a few more answers so Try the Frequently Asked Questions page (FAQ)

Lingfield home study horse courses work well for everyone no matter how little time they have to spare for studying.

How are the course files accessed?

  • Enrol online & pay the fee and the first file is automatically sent to you via the website – so you can start any time of day or night. Instalment plans delay your start until the plan is set up.
  • Subsequent files are sent by email attachment at your request using specific course procedures.

Printing the course files:  We no longer provide printed copies of the files owing to the amount of students enrolling and to the fact that our courses are quite comprehensive and detailed.  It just became too time consuming – we couldn’t keep up.  To continue to print & post them them would have meant increasing the staffing levels and therefore the fees.

  • Most of our students seem to prefer to work from the printed page. You may print a copy of the course material. You will need no more than a ream/packet of paper (under £5 in most supermarkets) and one ink cartridge.
  • The pages are set up so that they have a larger margin on the left of each page to enable you to read all the text when filed in a folder.

Delivery of course material:

To your email address.

Note:  Depending on how you complete the online enrolment forms, a link to first course files may be sent either to the Billing email address or to the student.  

If you are paying for someone else and the text link email is sent to your address, you must forward the email to the student immediately – before the download link expires.

  • If you do not receive an email after 30 minutes, check your spam folder / mail the office – if we are open we will handle it as soon as possible.

and ask the student to mail us within 24 hours with their contact details. Thereafter files must be requested via the student’s email address.

If you do not receive an email after 30 minutes, check your spam folder / mail the office – if we are open we will handle it as soon as possible.

How are files sent: 

Initial file on enrolment. Next file @ minimum 14 day interval. More detail on ongoing delivery below.

How do I work with Lingfield files:

  • In line with most national colleges – our courses are pdf documents
  • You will require the free Adobe Reader App to work with our files – this is important for your work on the assignments as explained in the Terms & Conditions which you agreed on enrolment.
  • Beneficial to successful completion of the course for most people is use of a keyboard, and a printer if you prefer to work from the printed page. (Average use: 1 toner / 2 cartridge).
  • A suitable device will be needed for working on the course files and assignments and other typed interactive forms required by your tutor and admin office. We strongly advise use of a keyboard – mentioned above – and please note that to use only a mobile phone is insufficient.
  • An internet connection via your own computer/similar device to complete assignments & for assessment of same is required for access to Lingfield’s online cloud system.
  • In certain restricted circumstances students can work through a friend, colleague, education department or guardian to access the internet.  It will be  difficult however, for the student to undertake proper research without full access.

It IS possible to use a mobile phone for these courses but a keyboard and laptop/ipad would be better.  If using a mobile device students must also be able to save documents and use form.

Students must be able to

  1. Print documents
  2. Use Adobe forms and
  3. Save files to Adobe Acrobat

here is a help video

Here is the reader for Windows


  • Note: you can view details & untick McAffee if you already have antivirus protection

Here is the reader for ipads – or any other Apple device.

Get Adobe Reader for ipad or iphone

  • Remember, the key to working on any course is to use a keyboard – rather than a mobile device

How long does a course take?

We do not have time restrictions on completion like other distance learning courses.

How long it takes is up to you!  You may take 2 years or much longer if you wish.    Work through the Lingfield courses entirely at your own speed – take breaks if you wish.

  • We just ask that you contact us at least every 18 months to 2 yrs to be sure we keep the course active for you. After two years your course is archived.  To have it re-instated will cost you £50.  After 3 years of no contact the course is assumed terminated by the student.

Are there any time restrictions?

Not really. There are minimum time limits for completion – but no maximum time.  We do not pressure you to complete your course.

We do ask you to work through the course properly and to ‘study’ rather than just read it through quickly.  For this very reason read the next section about Delivery.

Ongoing Delivery of course material:

To enable everyone to absorb the information provided, we therefore stipulate specific breaks between the receipt of one module and the request for the next.  After the initial 14 day legal requirement gap, the required gap or interval is 10 days in most cases unless you are on a fast track option. Instalment payments delay delivery – see later.

HOW to work through the course material is explained below.

Fast track options are available with the early modules only of Level 1 of the Intermediate Diploma programmes – they are 7 days between confirmation of one file and request for the next.

If enrolled on a programme containing 3 courses, specific modules of the Level 1 Equine Care & Management course must be completed before a specialist course can be worked on seriously.

You enrol on the Lingfield courses as and when you are ready – you work in your own time and at your own speed. We do not rush you or hassle you.

How to work through the course:

Each ‘Section’ (of a Specialist course) or ‘Study Pack’ (of an equine care & management course) contains Set Work questions /an assignment at the end. This consists of a set of questions about the topics you have just covered.

Answer the questions before requesting the next part of the course. Keep your answers on file for the time being.  The courses all contain self assessment elements to enable you to gauge your own progress as you work through your course.

  • Once enrolled you will be sent the all important document called the Lingfield Procedures document.  This explains just about everything you need to know including what assignment or set work you should send in, when and how.
  • Keep your answers in your file with your notes – do not send them in.
  • Use the procedures provided on enrolment to email your request for your next file.
  • In the next file you receive, you will find an answer guidance sheet (AGS). This AGS provides help and shows you how you should have answered the previous assignments. In other words you will self assess your progress.
  • If you get stuck or have a queries just email your tutor.  All our tutors are friendly, relaxed and fully qualified with special knowledge & interest in the course they tutor.
  • You continue to work through your course in this way until you reach the final file – i.e. ‘Study Pack’ – for Levels 1 – 3
    • or ‘Section’ if working on a Specialist Course
  • Send in the final Set work / Assignment with the required administration fee if you would like your tutor to check your work.
  • If working on an Intermediate Diploma you work through Level 1 as described above. On successful completion you ask to start Level 2 and work through that in the same way.   If you are working on a 3 course Intermediate Diploma programme you will be asked to work through to a specific Study Pack in the Level 1 course before working seriously on the Specialist Course.
  • Level 1 contains a practical tack session – see Level 1 syllabus.


It can be hard to keep motivated with distance learning.  To combat this we have produced a little document to help you keep going and to stay on track.

  • Ask for a copy of the Completion Target.

The course style & language

The equine course work is written in really easy to read plain English so even if you haven’t studied since school we are sure you will find it easy.  See what others say here.

Free Tutor support

Free Tutor support is available for every single equine student throughout their course by telephone, post or e-mail. We like to be on first name terms with all our students and welcome your contact be it for help and advice or just a quick chat to tell us about your new horse or riding experience. However, you have as much or as little contact as you wish.

Full Tutor Support

If you struggle with reading or writing and would like to take the Level 1 course, we try to help you get going on the course.  Sometimes with the help of a tutor and maybe with the help of someone at home as well, you might feel more able to work on this sort of course. The extra fee for this is £50.  For those less able to work on their own with the written word we suggest help at home.  As with all assignments, you (or your helper) will need access to a computer/similar device and the internet to complete the assignment documents for your tutor.

With ‘full tutor support’ however, prior to starting the course and on receipt of the first Set Work (assignment), your tutor will be happy to discuss with you (and/or your helper), ways to help you work on the course material.

How long do the courses take ?  

When you enrol, we don’t send you the whole course in one big file and then just leave you to get on with it. This we feel, is like you paying for a rather expensive book!

Although this would be an easy and economical way to run the courses, our Sections / Modules / Study Packs provide you with easily absorbed bite sized chunks of information, and regular contact with us helps to keep you motivated.

How long will an ‘Equine Care & Management’ course take:

Levels 1 & 2 Long courses each contain many hours of lecture material which is equivalent to about 250 hours of study time each. This is divided into 7 Study Packs (modules) per course.  (Level 3 has 10).

Students with a busy life who are juggling work, family and horses etc, seem to work at the rate of approximately one Study Pack a month.

How many weeks or months?

It should be easy for most people, to complete Level 1 in about 6/7 months.  Some people however, work more quickly than this, whilst others take a good deal longer or take a break at some stage. In the end however, how long it takes you depends on your input, the more work time you put in and the more research you do, the more you get out of it.

The Intermediate Diplomas have at least 2 courses, so it could take a busy person 12 or 18 months to complete one of those programmes – or longer if they wish of course – maybe just 6 months if they have more time.

Fast Track Option:

This is for more experienced people, taking Level 1 (usually as part of an Intermediate Diploma) and is available when the fee is paid in full;   This means you can request files sooner than normal.  You can wiz more quickly through topics you are familiar with and take your time over topics you feel the need to update or research.  Here is how it works: After the initial 14 day interval, rather than wait for ten days,  you can request files at 7 day intervals up to and including Study Pack 5.

If paying in instalment, see below for course delivery details.

How long will a ‘specialist’ course take?

The specialist courses are a good bit shorter than the equine management courses and are topic specific.  They provide between 25 and 35/45 hours of study time.  Most people with a busy life, work and family could probably complete a course quite easily within 2-3 months.

I don’t have a lot of time for studying. 

Are there any time restrictions to course completion?

No not really.  You can take as long as you like and you can also take a break from your work whenever you wish and take it up again some months later.  As long as you contact us every 18 months to 2 years to advise that you still wish to continue with the course, we will keep it running for you.

  • If you leave it longer than 2 yrs we charge a reinstatement & admin fee – currently £50, to set it running again.
  • After 3 years of no contact however, we assume the course has been terminated by the student.  It is easy enough to drop us a line now and again though, just to tell us you are still keen to continue eventually.

Completion time restrictions do often apply with funded courses and grants though, so you do need to be aware of that if your course fee is being paid by someone else.  Private companies often require a completion time for their funding.

Minimum Time Restrictions:

We do have a minimum time restriction on the courses.  We will not send a complete individual Level 1 or 2 course out to a student in less than 3 months.  Packs and sections on all courses will be sent one at a time and only with the required minimum gap.

As explained earlier, with all courses there is a minimum time between one course file being confirmed as received and opened by the student, and the next being requested. The required time lapse is to ensure every students benefits from their course by undertaking the required research and note taking.  It is important to confirm receipt if you wish to work quickly through the course.

There are absolutely no exceptions to the above time restrictions rules.

Instalments:  If you are paying the fee in instalments :

Fast Track option for Level 1 is only available if / when fee is paid in full.

Specialist Course  (instalment delivery)

The 2nd or final ‘Section’ may only be requested when the full fee has been paid. These courses as a rule, have just 2 ‘Sections’.

Int Dip and Levels 1 -3  (instalment delivery)

When all instalment payments have been completed in full, students may request at 10 day intervals.
3 x instalments: The 3rd Study Pack may only be requested when the final instalment has been paid;
6 x instalments: The 2nd Study Pack may only be requested when 2nd instalment has been paid;
Packs may be requested at monthly intervals thereafter until the fee is paid in full.

Note:  Non payment of any instalment means we assume you have terminated the course.  Legally, no refund is available with immediate download of digital files.

Minimum ages & language

Eq Management courses = 12 Yrs with parental/responsible adult supervision – 10 if home schooled. We currently have students from 10 – 68. Home schooled students are especially welcomed.
Specialist courses and Intermediate Diploma programmes = 16 Yrs – or younger if home educated with parental support.
Students may be UK or overseas based, but must be English speaking & writing to a reasonable standard.
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