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Subsidised programme (Int. Diploma + BHS Stage 1 Exam Day Prep Course)

Subsidised programme (Int. Diploma + BHS Stage 1 Exam Day Prep 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

Intermediate Diploma + specialist subject BHS Stage 1 – ID6

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

Few programmes offer this fully comprehensive equine management information along with the step by step walk through the Stage 1 exam day.  It provides explanations on what the examiners will be looking for, and how to answer their questions and the best way to demonstrate your knowledge.

The Equine Care & Management elements offer a full and extremely comprehensive BHS based equine distance learning programme.

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What’s in it for me?

Enrol now – immediate start.  Automated receipt of course files.  No waiting. No fixed completion dates either.

Fast Track option for experienced people.

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.

The benefits of this combined programme are:

Free personal tutor for every student.  Call on your tutor at any time throughout your course – your tutor is even happy to be available to support you with your horse / training after you have completed this programme. Most do this free of charge.

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.  The BHS Stage tutor is highly qualified, has lectured at college and assessed Stages exam candidates – she knows exactly what you need to learn to get through that exam.  You also have security in the knowledge that Lingfield Correspondence has been a professional BHS based Training Provider since 1996.

This Intermediate Diploma + Stage 1 programme provides good all round coverage, often in great depth and detail, of equine management for the professional and motivated amateur alike. A well rounded, comprehensive BHS Stage 1 & 2 theory knowledge programme plus specific Stage 1 exam preparation.

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

  • 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. Specialist Course 6 covering BHS Exam Day Preparation

Reasons to enrol

  • Immediate Start
  • Detailed and extensive information for BHS Stage 1 with related practical tasks and learning modules.
  • Detailed preparation for the BHS exam – know what to expect and how to present your answers.
  • Details on what the examiners are looking for.
  • Detailed equine care & management information – ideal for updating your knowledge
  • Full and detailed information on equine feeding and nutrition in easy to read format avoiding text book speak
  • A fast track option through Level 1 for the more experienced people subject to payments.
  • 16 modules.  Multiple learning tasks and assignments.
  • Self assessment and optional final assignments for certification in each course.
  • The award is the  “Intermediate Diploma In Equine Management & BHS Stage 1 Preparation”

If you are enrolling someone apart from yourself, 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.


Option to achieve 4 awards / Certificates/Diploma on completion:

  • Level 1 Equine Care & Management Certificate
  • Level 2 Equine Care & Management Certificate
  • Specialist course Certificate ‘Stage 1 Exam Day Preparation’
  • Intermediate Diploma on completion of the 3 courses

Level 1 within this programme is indicated as being the most comprehensive at this level available today.

  • Topics enable you to keep one step ahead many other livery owners at your yard.
  • Research skills required throughout.

READ MORE – ID6  Length : Entry Requirements etc.

BHS Stage 1 course:

  • Recommended reading
  • The British Horse Society (BHS) & professional exams
  • Exam preparation – practical training
  • Entry requirements
  • What the BHS Stage I exam assessors are looking for, and why.

Handling Safely and Securely – what is required of you in the exam

  • Grooming
  • Tail Bandages
  • Hooves & Shoes & Feet
  • General Handling
  • Health & Safety

Brushing Off, Safe use of equipment – what is required of you in the exam

  • Rugs and Rugging
  • Tack & Tacking up

Horse Husbandry – what you need to know forn the exam

  • Care of Bedding & Knowledge of Bedding
  • Holding / Leading For Treatment
  • Haynets
  • Principles of Caring for Horses
  • Fire Precautions and Accidents
  • Horse Health
  • Horse Behaviour
  • Feeding
  • Exam Tips

Research Tasks

  • Application requirements
  • Headcollars & Leadropes
  • Grooming recap : Shoeing
  • Rug familiarisation; Diagrams Bridle/Saddle, Nosebands Martingales
  • Bedding : Points of the Horse :Colours & Markings
  • Safety Equipment

Help and preparation: BHS Video

Equine Care & Management courses:

(Based on BHS Stages 1 & 2 & ABRS)

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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