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Intermediate Diploma (ID + Equine Feeding & Nutrition course)

Intermediate Diploma (ID + Equine Feeding & Nutrition course)


Skill Level Skill Level equivalent to Further Education Level 2-3
Number of units/modules 17
Total Hours 350 / 600 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 + ability to access to horses locally

Intermediate Diploma with specialist subject Equine Nutrition – ID5

3 full courses on a subsidised fee with fast track option for experienced people.

This programme provides a well rounded grounding in equine management with a specialisation in equine feeding & nutrition.

  • Without good management the horse will not thrive no matter what it is fed.
  • A sparkling coat and healthy horse are produced by good equine welfare management and good nutrition – you cannot have one without the other.
  • It is vital therefore to have this all round equine management knowledge.

Approximately 2000 pages of easy to read text within 17 modules/sections or study packs. Plus dozens of interesting tasks, projects and optional assignments for Certification & Diploma. Normal fee without subsidy is over £800

Exceptional value for money and used by all standards for personal improvement as well by those aiming to achieve professional qualifications and develop professional skill levels. Based on BHS Stages 1 & 2 theory.

Feedback.  Sarah Lillie said:  The course really highlights how, with so much available on the feeding front now, so many people get confused.  It shows we have to be careful and explains clearly how to do our research properly. It encourages you to read other material which broadens your learning and opinions. The Set work is good and challenging.

What’s in it for me?

Enrol now – immediate start.  Automated receipt of course files.  No waiting.

The benefits of this combined programme are:

Free personal tutor for every student.

Total flexibility to fit in with your family and your life.  No fixed completion dates.

Instalment option available – see dropdown list above Enrol.  Initial Payment via card.  Standing order set up via UK Bank account is required prior to activation.  Detailed form provided when you complete checkout of first instalment payment.

You have the confidence that the author’s of these courses have BHS & ABRS professional qualifications and personal experience – they have been there and done it – they speak from experience.  The Equine Nutrition course author is highly qualified.  You also have security in the knowledge that Lingfield Correspondence has been a professional BHS based Training Provider since 1996.

  • 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
  3. SC5 Equine Feeding & Nutrition

The courses include:

  • Detailed equine care & management – ideal for updating your knowledge
  • Full and detailed information on feeding and nutrition in easy to read format avoiding text book speak
  • The award is the  “Intermediate Diploma (Feeding & Nutrition)”
  • Call on your tutor at any time throughout your course – your tutor is even happy to be available to support you with your horse questions after you have completed this programme. Most do this free of charge – No other course offers this ongoing support absolutely free.

Option to achieve 4 Certificates & Intermediate Diploma on successful completion of required assignments:

  • Level 1 Equine Care & Management
  • Level 2 Equine Care & Management
  • Specialist course SC5
  • Intermediate Diploma on completion of the programme
  • To complete assignments you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The 3 elements of the programme include a multitude of topics. For full syllabus of each course view individual links above but briefly:

  • Equine psychology & behaviour, general safety and management
  • Ailments and injuries, health and first aid.
  • Modern approaches to worming and beating resistance issues.
  • Tack and fitting of same, saddle fitting, bits and bitting, bedding research and development
  • Pasture management, taking hay.
  • Maintaining good pasture for horses.
  • Detailed information on equine feeding and nutrition.
  • Further topics enabling you to keep one step ahead many other livery owners at your yard.
  • For full & detailed  syllabus on Level 1 & 2 and Specialist Course 5, see individual course links above.
  • The specialist course draws on the feeding topic covered Level 1 information but provides more in-depth detail with plenty of practical and written assignments resulting in a greater depth of knowledge and understanding.
  • Theoretical skills to underpin good feeding and nutrition and related topics.
  • It eliminates the mystique sometimes offered in books and courses about feeding and brings it back down to earth.
  • It is one of the most popular subjects for those with a modern approach to horsemanship and management.

What proof do we have that it is considered a good programme?

Tutor in lessonThis Feeding & Nutrition element of this programme has exceptional feedback which proves how much it has helped so many people.

  • The more novice riders find they have a horse or pony on which they feel comfortable and confident.
  • Those with more experience find they are getting better performances from their horses after doing the course.
  • The bonus is that the improvement often comes without the behavioural problems associated with so many horses on so called improved diet today.

We prefer students taking this programme to have working knowledge of good equine management. For the specialist course material to have sufficient clarity to the student undertaking a 3 course programme and to ensure a good grounding in all round equine management, at least 5 Study Packs (modules) of the Level 1 Equine Care & Management course must be completed before working seriously on the specialist course SC5.

Final assignments:

The final Section of the specialist course may only be requested on completion of the  Level 2 Study Pack 4 and the SC5 Assignment can be sent in on completion of Level 2.

With motivation and enthusiasm, dependent on previous experience, personal input and studying skills, many students complete the programme within 8 months.  Between 500 & 700 hours of study time is the average input.

Tutor: P.Clements / Consultant L.McIlwraith

Ideal for supporting the following:

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: 3 Certificates & Intermediate Diploma on successful completion.
  • 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. Adobe Acrobat Required – see Course Info page for app.

Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum age 16 yrs
    • If paying for someone else note the last few paragraphs on this page.
  • Motivation and keen interest in horses and nutrition
  • Good research skills required throughout

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: 

Initial file on enrolment. Next file @ minimum 14 day interval.

See main Course Info page for full delivery details including fast track option.

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.

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 funding.

Before paying you will be asked to tick that you have read the Terms & Conditions – and if paying for someone else ticking 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.

NOTE: Students must contact us personally during the enrolment process via their own email address to enable us to activate their course fully.

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

The fee for this programme is subsidised by Lingfield Correspondence



Equine Care & Management:

Level 1

  • 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. Strapping and quartering
  • Signs of Health and Ill Health.
  • When to call the vet. The horses relationship with the vet.
  • 1st Aid. 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 required – see below.
  • Road Safety* courtesy.
  • Preparation for road riding.
  • Towing Trailers.
  • Returning from a ride – Care of the hot horse – modern approaches

* Denotes a little easy research is required.

Level 2

  • Psychology top up 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  – prior knowledge required.
  • How to provide a ‘balanced’ diet
  • Guides to light, moderate, medium work etc
  • Feeding for light to medium work MJDE levels – prior knowledge required
  • 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

  • Worming programmes, modern thinking & maintaining low worm burdens on pasture.
  • Feed Scoops – various feeds by volume and weights, mjde levels
  • Vacuum Packed products – use and storage.
  • Fitting bits and bridles examining poorly fitting bits and tack.
  • Required security and safety procedures & precautions.
  • Up to date products for treatment of wounds.

Feeding & Nutrition course:

This short specialist course has 3 modules & covers the following topics in depth:

  • Information and details of different types of feed in common use today;
  • The basic make up of feed and how the various constituents are used by the body;
  • Constituents of feeds how they react on the bodily systems;
  • Descriptions, make up and detailed use of various types of bulk high fibre food such as Hay, Haylage and Horsehage.
  • Explanations and detail on how to feed different horses with different life styles;
  • Full information and details on how to select the right sort of feed for a particular horse;
  • Risks encountered with behavioural and health problems if a horse is fed incorrectly, the wrong balance of feed, wrong type of food or a poorly balanced diet;
  • How to prevent these things going wrong;
  • Preparing feed charts for a number of horses;
  • The importance of vitamins and minerals and the use of additives;

Detailed Syllabus

The Syllabus also includes:

  • Course Introduction
  • Study guides etc.
  • Assignments are provided throughout the course
  • Introduction to feeding
  • Dictionary of Feeding Terms
  • The horse’s digestive system
  • How horses eat in the wild and how it relates to feeding your horse
  • Importance of keeping feeding as natural as possible
  • Types of food split into 3 easy sections or categories
  • The basics of feeds and requirements for a healthy diet
  • Rules of feeding and reasons for rules
  • Working out how much to feed
  • Behavioural problems associated with feeding
  • Additives and supplements (vitamins and minerals)
  • Feeding for specific situations, young, old/veteran, in-foal etc.
  • Ill health problems associated with feeding, i.e. Laminitis, Colic etc.
  • Worming
  • Teeth
  • Final assignment may be sent in for Certification – plenty of tutor help with this. (Tutors P. Clements assisted by H. Haskew. Consultant L. McIlrwaith)


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