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Intermediate Diploma (ID + Livery Yard Managers Course)

Intermediate Diploma (ID + Livery Yard Managers Course)


Skill Level Skill Level equivalent to Further Education Level 2-3
Number of units/modules 16
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 + ability to access to horses locally

Equine Management – plus Business Management for Livery Yards  – ID8

Combines 3 full courses in one enrolment £408 (subsidised fee)

A good livery yard is hard to find making this one of our most popular courses. Owing to the huge growth in equine ownership and general dissatisfaction with existing services at many yards, this course is a must for the enlightened yard manager. Without a doubt this is the Livery Yard Managers choice.

Find out more about us here and join us today

So – What’s in it for me?

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

Furthermore, the benefits of this combined Livery Yard Managers ID programme are:

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 professional qualifications and personal experience – they have been there and done it – they speak from experience.  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
  1. Specialist Course 8 for Livery Yard Managers
Applying boots to legs.

Checking clients boots.

Approximately 1600 pages of easy to read text within 16 modules/sections or study packs. Plus dozens of interesting learning tasks, projects and optional assignments for Certification & Diploma.

Option to achieve 4 awards (Certificates/Diploma) on completion. To complete assignments you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Free British Grooms Association membership on request.  Become a professional groom – display the logo on your car or in the yard tack room – email for info.

Covers all aspects of business management for Livery Yard Owners,  and equine management for the modern horse owner / groom /yard manager enabling you to update and broaden your knowledge.  Detailed information on just about every relevant topic for the modern horse owner.  These are just some of the topics:

  • Insurances, accounting, legal issues,
  • Health, Safety, Risk Management,
  • Facilities, Converting existing buildings,
  • Marketing, Advertising, Required client base
  • Managing clients & staff, Responsibilities
  • Equine Psychology. Buying horses, Livery yards contracts
  • Wound management, Ailments prevention and treatments
  • Bits and bitting. The intricacies of feeding, nutrition & feed charts
  • Grassland management. Routines for small yard….. & much much more.
  • Courses include self assessment throughout and tutor assessed final assignment.

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.
  • 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.

Equine management elements of this programme – especially Level 1 are indicated within the industry as the most comprehensive professionally produced courses available at this level. Between 250 & 500 hours of study time – dependent on student input. It is estimated that 200 hrs is equivalent to studying full time for approximately 28 days.

Study Procedures:

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 3 Study Packs (modules) of the Level 1 Equine Care & Management course must be completed before working seriously on the specialist course SC8.

Final assignments:

The final Section of the specialist course may be requested on completion of the final Level 1 Final Assignment, and the final SC8 Assignment should be sent in only on completion of Level 2.

Lingfield has been recognised as an industry established course provider since 1996. Trade Member of BHS & BETA. Well qualified BHS instructors/tutors. Member of the Register of UK Learning Providers.

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

Tutor SC8 : Hannah Haskew

Tutor Levels 1 & 2    Paula Clements or Fiona Dent

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 16 yrs
    •  if paying for someone else note the last few paragraphs of this page.
  • Experience in all round equine management & good handling ability
  • Good research skills required throughout

If you are enrolling someone apart from yourself, we MUST (on the same day) have direct contact from the email address of the student.  The email must state the name and address of the student, details of the course on which they are enrolling and must provide details of the person/organisation paying for their course.

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.

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 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.

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.

The fee for this programme is subsidised by Lingfield Correspondence.

Business management for Livery Yard Managers

  • Introduction and descriptive terms for livery
  • Welfare bill – new guidelines for livery yards
  • The importance of Licensing, Approvals and Professional Association
  • Types of livery – what could/should be offered
  • Qualities for success
  • Premises – location, conversions etc.
  • Facilities
  • Requirements to fit assorted & various types of owner
  • Setting up a business, busines plans etc
  • Money matters simplified –
    • accounts,
    • budgets,
    • invoicing,
    • tax returns,
    • national insurance,
    • rates and VAT.
  • Legal matters –
    • insurance,
    • contracts,
    • health and safety including risk assessments,
    • employing staff,
    • handling staff and clients professionally.
  • Marketing, advertising and attracting clients
  • General management.


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.

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