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Equine Care & Management Level 1 £114.00 / £38.00

Equine Care & Management Level 1 £114.00 / £38.00


Fee in full £114 Fee instalments 3 x £38
Skill Level Equivalent to Further Education Level 1 - 2
No. of Units / Modules 7
Total Hours 150 - 250 dependent on student input. Average 6 months @ 6 hrs a week.
Course Duration Totally flexible. No completion date.
No Attendance or Study Weeks Totally flexible. No completion date.
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Equine Care & Management Level 1

Fed up with people telling you to do things ‘this way’ or ‘that way’?  Gain the confidence to do things ‘your’ way.

  • Lingfield – the friendly distance learning group! 
  • A professional and trusted training group first established as a distance learning provider in 1996, a leader in the field.

Professionally produced courses by qualified coaches and trainers who genuinely care about horses.  The Level 1 course is considered the most comprehensive equine care & management distance learning course available in the UK at this level.   Simply compare this syllabus with other courses out there and we believe you will see the breadth and depth of this course. 

Lingfield is known as the friendly distance learning group.

  • Based on BHS Stages theory
  • Enrol & pay the fee online for immediate start.
  • Work at your own speed in your own time – no rush, no hassle.
  • Take as long as you like – no term times or yearly deadlines.
  • No fixed completion dates – ideal for people with busy lives.
  • Take a break when life gets hectic, pick the course up again when it calms down.

What else does this course offer?

  • East to read, non text book language.
  • Horse ownership not required.
  • Friendly one to one personal tutor on call.
  • Self assessments with optional final assignment for Certificate.
  • This course is also included as part of the subsidised Intermediate Diploma programme

Who takes this course?

Discerning people. They compare syllabus from other providers before enrolling.
Career changers /weekly horse riders & non-owners / experienced owners updating their skill level / horse sharers and loaners / prospective horse owners / first or second time owners /  home educators.  Younger home educated students welcomed – email first.

Mature Students welcomed. You could become a more confident and knowledgeable equestrian.

  • Receive your course files by email.
  • Print them up if you wish.
  • Optional:  final assignment checked by tutor for Certification.

The course provides a much broader, more holistic, real life approach to horse care.  It is not just the usual text book ‘speak’ with unit by unit approach to learning usually encountered with professional qualifications training courses. It is presented in normal conversational language in plain English and it really does cover a huge amount of information.

  • All completed by home study.
  • Access to horses now and again is useful.
  • The practical session in Level 1 has been waived for all those reaching that topic and completing the course during the Covid 19 lockdown. During this period, providing the full course fee has been paid you may work more quickly and request files at 4 day intervals if you wish.

How do I work on these courses?

  1. Read through the first module (Study Pack) jot down notes on anything new and interesting.
  2. Complete any research suggested. Refer to the course content to complete the separate ‘Set Work’ (assignment) but keep it on file for now.
  3. Request the next file module.  Pull out the Answer Guidance Sheet to assess your previous answers.
  4. Read through the new module (Study Pack) jotting down anything new or interesting. Complete the Set Work assignment – keep it on file as before.
  5. Continue through all 7 Study Packs.
  6. If aiming for a certificate, complete the final Set Work 7/Assignment by referral to the course material. Send £15 admin fee to your tutor.

This course will help you :

  • Gain skills, competence and knowledge in a broad range of equine management topics.
  • Update your equine skills and knowledge and remind you of things you may have forgotten.
  • Update or broaden your management knowledge.
  • Encourage you to open your mind and thinking to different views and ideas.
  • Leads on to the Level 2 course – Fee £372 (or the Intermediate Diploma programme below.)

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Dyslexia or learning difficulties, your tutor is there to help. Course material available for accessibility on request.

If you have questions about the courses and cannot find answers here or on the FAQ page, please do contact us:   or ring    01984-656339

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS : Reasons to enrol today : sharing : certificates:




  • Equine psychology and behaviour.
  • The wild horse – herd instincts.
  • The horses mind. Body language.
  • Care and requirements of the stabled horse.
  • Modern practices and general care relating stress.
  • Modern bedding materials, their management and 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 in relation to equine management.
  • Anatomy, Points of the Horse+* Breeds and Types+* Colours and Markings+*
  • Buying a new horse/pony for the 1st or 2nd time buyer.
  • Importance of Vet checks, advice, loaning leasing, insurances.
  • What to do when your new horse arrives.
  • Passports for horses. Approved Livery Yards.
  • Livery Yard guidance. Facilities.
  • Sample livery contracts.
  • Safety when hacking. Accident procedures. Working professionally with horses.
  • The well shod foot. 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 – over 20 Rules and explanations.
  • Types of Feed and their uses in detail
  • Cereals / straights mixes & cubes/nuts – what to use and when.
  • Feeding for light work – progressing further.
  • Manufacturer’s advertising leaflets+*
  • Feed products +*  Names and what they mean.
  • Feed charts
  • Hay, Haylage, Horsehage – the differences – use and storage.
  • Care of the horse at grass.
  • Fields and Paddocks suitable for horses and ponies.
  • Worming – modern approaches, lab tests.+*
  • Tack & tack fitting – including nosebands/martingales etc.+*
  • Rugs and rugging – fitting of rugs in detail.
  • Bits & bitting. Bit families. Types and purpose/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.
  • What to wear and when*.
  • Trailers and Towing.
  • Returning from a ride – Care of the hot horse – modern approaches+*

+* Denotes research project is also required & in Study Pack 4 a Tack Session with a local instructor is mandatory.

* The Lingfield Student Research folder is an online application filled with relevant articles and information.

Note: Those who viewed this course invariably enrol on the ‘Intermediate Diplomas’.

The ‘ID’ programmes include both the Level 1 & Level 2 courses and the fee is very little more. This is because the ID Fees are subsidised by Lingfield Correspondence.

Many of the above topics are covered in the recommended reading book for this course:

Points of the Horse  & Ailments Lumps & Bumps charts are available from this web site. Buy both charts for reduced price.

Alternative books – especially useful for professional students:

The Practical Tack Session: To achieve a certificate, this practical session must be undertaken with a local instructor of your choice. The local qualified instructor must be to the required standard of BHSAI or equivalent ABRS instructor. There is no alternative and this is mandatory for those aiming for a Certificate. Detailed information and paperwork/form for signature by the instructor will be sent with Study Pack 4. When you reach this stage, we can point you in the right direction to find names of instructors if you have had difficulty locating one.

Overseas Students must also undertake this with a similarly qualified instructor. e.g. International Instructors Level 1 Qualification is equivalent to BHSAI.

See IGEQ for various international qualifications

Overseas students in countries where the IGEQ or local qualifications system is not in place:  If you cannot find anyone suitable to oversee your Tack Session or do not wish to gain a certificate/diploma we will send you a form to sign to say that you are waiving that certificate option and we will happily accept that you do not undertake the tack session but can complete the courses without certification.

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