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Intermediate Diploma 2 course prog. – Int Dip.Equine Care & Management

Intermediate Diploma 2 course prog. – Int Dip.Equine Care & Management


Skill Level Skill Level = Further Education Level 2-3
No. of Units / Modules 14
Total Hours 350 / 545 dependent on student input
Course Duration Totally flexible - no completion dates. Contact required periodically to maintain an active course.
No Attendance or Study Weeks required Conducted by home study

Intermediate Diploma in Equine Care & Management

2 comprehensive horse care courses in one learning programme. Subsidised fee with fast track option for experienced people. Choose payment in full or instalment option via dropdown list – initial payment by card with balance on standing order.

Professionally produced equine care & management programme.  Produced by equine industry experts – yet with a friendly and informal step by step approach to distance learning.

Equally ideal for the really motivated novice or the experienced person.

  • Flexibility to work at your own speed in your own time
  • Easy to read and easy to learn course material
  • Comprehensive up to date equine studies
  • Ideal for experienced owners to refresh / update & for the novice and less experienced to broaden their knowledge.
  • Take a break when life gets hectic – pick it up again when things are more settled
  • No rush – no hassle
  • Free one to one friendly tutor support throughout
  • Further support available after you complete
  • Totally flexible start and completion dates
  • Multiple learning tasks and assignments with self assessment guides throughout
  • 14 modules. Optional final marked assignments for Certification & Diploma
  • Friendly one to one tutor for every student.
  • We provide hands on personal tutor  contact – we do not simply offer online assessment.

Approximately 1500 pages of easy to read text within these 14 modules/sections or study packs. Plus dozens of interesting tasks, projects and assignments with optional assignments for Certification & Diploma.  To complete assignments you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Considered the most comprehensive equine care & management distance learning programme available in the UK at this level.

Level 1  is an astonishing total length:  114,500 words

Level 2 is an extensive total length:  109,000 words

Check the fully detailed syllabus for each course below

  1. Level 1 Equine Care & Management
  2. Level 2 Equine Care & Management

Who are these courses for:

The Lingfield courses are aimed not only at those aiming to work in the industry but also at those who require practical and broad ranging information on equine management in real life – perhaps for the horse owner or yard manager.  This provides the student with a genuine and workmanlike knowledge as opposed to providing a more restrictive career pathway for students whose aim is purely to achieve exam results and qualifications.

What’s in it for me?

  • Enrol now – immediate start.
  • Automatic receipt of course files.
  • No waiting. Optional Certificates on completion.

The benefits of this combined programme are:

  • 2 full courses at a subsidised fee
  • No fixed completion dates.
  • Free personal tutor for every student.
  • Fast track option for experienced people.
    • Request Study Pack files 1 – 5 more quickly and work through topics you are familiar with quickly whilst taking time on others.  (only available if paid in full)
  • Total flexibility to fit in with your family and your life.
  • Considered to be the most comprehensive distance learning programme in the equine industry at this level today.

You have the confidence that the authors of these courses have BHS professional qualifications and personal experience – they have been there and done it – they speak from experience not just from a classroom lecture podium.  They have trained and backed young horses, they have trained and assessed BHS Stages exam candidates, they have taught novice and experienced riders over a number of years, they have ridden and competed – some to Grand Prix level.  You also have security in the knowledge that Lingfield Correspondence has been a professional BHS based Training Provider since 1996.

This programme will help you :

  • Update your skills – the right way
  • Update or broaden your knowledge
  • Achieve Intermediate Diploma level
  • Gain certification & proof of your knowledge
  • Gain an insight into professional career development

Ideal for  NVQ   :   BHS Stages   :   ABRS Levels   :   UK Coaching qualifications   :   Livery Yard Managers

Reason to enrol:

  • Immediate Start
  • Work at your own speed and in your own time
  • Take breaks if you need to.  Totally flexible completion dates
  • Individual BHS / professional personal tutor support for every student
  • Based on the theory for the BHS Stages 1-2 & ABRS professional theory
  • Optional 2 Certificates & Intermediate Diploma on successful completion.
  • Free one to one tutor support for every student.
  • Your tutor is be happy to maintain contact after your course to assist with horse questions and problems – free of charge. Nowhere except Lingfield will you find free ongoing support.
  • Instalments available  *Via UK Bank accounts only.
    • Standing order set up is required prior to activation. Detailed form is provided when you complete checkout of first instalment payment.
  • NEW Sponsored membership available to The British Grooms Association  – a professional body for equestrian people of all standards


All tutor assessed assignments, certificates & awards are optional:

  • Level 1 Equine Care & Management Certificate
  • Level 2 Equine Care & Management Certificate
  • Intermediate Diploma in Equine Care & Management
  • Admin fee for optional tutor assessed assignments £15 / £19 Paypal/overseas


  • Level 1 & 2 contain 7 modules each (14 modules to be studied consecutively).
  • Between 250 & 500+ hours of study time depending on student input.
  • A very comprehensive and broad-ranging programme covering in some depth, everything the horse owner would need on a day to day basis.
  • On average, those with family, work, horses and a life to live complete one module a month.
  • With prior knowledge and previously undertaken research projects, some are able to complete within 4-6 months.
  • One short practical session, overseen by a local instructor of your choice, must be undertaken to gain Certification/Diploma (see Level 1 syllabus)

Tutor:  P.Clements or F. Dent

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 16 yrs –
    • If paying for someone else, see last few paragraphs on this page.
    • younger students accepted with parental study support agreed prior to enrolment with the Lingfield office.
  • Motivated novices are welcomed and if aiming to ‘fast track’ Level 1, experience in all round equine management & good handling ability is useful.
  • Good research skills required throughout
  • Instalment payments:  Standing order set up is required prior to activation. Detailed form is provided when you complete checkout of first instalment payment.

Delivery of course material:

To your email address.  Note:  Link to first course file will be sent to the Billing email address.  When you click confirm & pay (in full) – the billing email address will be sent an automated email with a link to download your first file.

If you are paying for someone else you must forward the email to them 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.

Instalments:  During the enrolment process you will receive an email giving instructions on setting up the payments – these instructions & standing order must be completed prior to starting your course.

How are files sent: 

All course material sent via pdf files.
Initial file on enrolment. Next file @ minimum 14 day interval.

Payment by instalments:  follow exactly the instructions on automated email.

In line with most national college courses, file/module delivery is via pdf files. Requires use of Free App: Adobe Reader for Windows or ipad. You will require this to enrol if paying in instalments.

Beneficial to successful completion of the course is:  a keyboard, and a printer if you prefer to work from the printed page (average use: 1 toner / 2 cartridge); An internet connection via computer/similar device enabling completion of assignments and access to Lingfield’s online cloud system for tutor checked assignments.

Restrictions to course files apply on a monthly/payment basis with instalment plans, and to specialist courses within an ID programme.
Completion restrictions may occasionally apply with government, educational organisation or company funding.

Paying for someone else:

Before paying you will be asked to tick that you have read the Terms & Conditions – and if paying for someone else ticking this box this means you agree to be sure they have read and will agree to abide by all Procedures and the Terms & Conditions. Printable copies are available via the Terms & Conditions page.

If you are paying for & enrolling someone else, the student MUST (on the same day) contact us personally 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.

Note:  We cannot/will not activate the course until we have this personal contact from the student.

It will help us and the student if you can please advise us if there are any difficulties with dyslexia or learning.

Access to course files for visually impaired – available on request.

Level 1

This course if full of depth and detail beyond what might be expected at this level + has subsidised fees.

Our most popular course for leisure riders and career student.  In fact, so confident are we that this is the best value course available at this level, we offer a refund if you show us a similar & more comprehensive course at the same level.

Keeping overheads low is one of our aims, this helps to keep our fees so low.  We are professionals in the ever changing world of training.  We provide courses which suite those who may not be aiming for a career in the equine world but want the benefit of the theory knowledge provided by professionally produced courses.

  • Psychology and Behaviour. General care relating to stress.
  • Care and Requirements of the stabled horse.
  • Modern bedding materials & their uses + *
  • Importance of Routine relating to a stable yard and stabled horses.
  • Safety in stable, yard and when handling, riding and caring for equines.
  • Health & Safety.
  • Points of the Horse +* Breeds and Types +* Colours and Markings +*
  • Buying a new horse/pony for the 1st or 2nd time buyer.
  • Passports for horses. Approved Livery Yards.
  • Livery Yard guidance.
  • Sample contracts.
  • Reasons for shoeing & regular farrier visits.
  • Problems caused by irregular attention to feet.
  • Grooming – Reasons and principles. Thorough Grooming, Strapping and Quartering.
  • Signs of Health and Ill Health.
  • When to call the vet. Your horses relationship with the vet.
  • 1st Aid. Do you Know the Norm.
  • Minor injuries and ailments – modern products for injuries*
  • Feeding and Watering – Rules and explanations.
  • Types of Feed and their uses
  • Cereals and straights – what to use and when.
  • Feeding for Light Work, Manufacturer’s advertising leaflets*
  • Feed product +*names and what they mean
  • Hay, Haylage, Horsehage etc – use and storage
  • Care of the horse at grass.
  • Fields and Paddocks suitable for horses and ponies.
  • Worming – modern approaches, lab tests. 3 Year Worming programme
  • Tack & tack fitting – nosebands/martingales etc.+*
  • Rugs and rugging – fitting of rugs in detail.
  • Bits & bitting. Types and reasons for use. Importance of fit.+*
  • Care of tack. Problems cause by ill fitting tack.+*
  • Saddles & saddle fitting * in depth saddle fitting assignment.
  • Practical: 30 minute Tack Session – see below.
  • Road Safety* courtesy.
  • Preparation for road riding.
  • Towing Trailers.
  • Returning from a ride – Care of the hot horse – modern approaches

+* Denotes inclusion of research project.

50+ topics

* Denotes research project also required

Enrolled students are provided with access to the online Lingfield student Research Folder

Tack Session is easy and is completed to achieve a certificate / diploma.

  • Students use a local instructor to oversee the session – it is not a test.
  • With the motivated student the instructor could involve horse and rider.
  • At the most basic however, it can be completed as a tack cleaning workshop.

Level 2

Before enrolling on Lingfield Level 2 you should note that Level 1 is very comprehensive. Forr this reason you should be aware that the revision suggested must be undertaken by those expecting to gain a Level 2 certificate

  • Psychology further to Level 1
  • Farriers, Registration
  • Shoeing
  • Reasons for calling the farrier
  • Structure of the lower leg and foot
  • Effects of hard ground and heavy going
  • Treating minor wounds
  • Common injuries and ailments
  • Bandages and boots for protection
  • Grassland Management
  • Renovation & maintenance of pasture
  • Making hay – benefits & areas
  • Worming further to Level 1
  • Watering and feeding further to Level 1
  • How to provide a ‘balanced’ diet
  • Guides to light, moderate, medium work etc
  • Feeding for light to medium work MJDE levels
  • Teeth in brief
  • Care of saddlery further to Level 1
  • Importance of daily routine
  • Importance of routine when running a small yard
  • Daily, weekly, periodical & annual treatment, tasks and maintenance jobs
  • Insurance for horse & rider
  • Rules and manners for Indoor and Outdoor schools
  • Polite parking of horse boxes and trailers

Research projects include :

  • Revision of Level 1 topics and further projects as follows
  • Worming programmes, modern thinking & methods of maintaining low worm burdens.
  • Ensuring a second hand saddle is checked and fitted correctly.
  • Feeds: types of hard feed and their uses.
  • Cereals & Straights – what to feed and when
  • Feed Scoops – various feeds by volume and weights, mjde levels
  • Vacuum Packed products – use and storage.
  • Bedding materials methods/management/value for money.
  • Fitting bits and bridles examining poorly fitting bits and tack.
  • Psychology & behaviour.
  • Procedures for buying horses.
  • Importance of routine.
  • Required security and safety procedures & precautions.
  • Up to date products for treatment of wounds.



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