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Equine Care & Management – Level 1 & 2 combined (EM)

Equine Care & Management – Level 1 & 2 combined (EM)


Skill Level Skill Level 2-3
Number of units/modules 14
Total Hours 100+ dependent on student input.
Course Duration Totally flexible - no completion dates
No Attendance or Study Weeks required All home study but ability to access to horses locally

Equine Management – Levels 1 & 2

A progressive distance learning programme.

Suitable for more experienced people – ideal for busy lives.

Lingfield Correspondence – a Professional Training Provider Established in 1996.  The equine management courses then as now, are produced for both the private owner & for those aiming for a change of career.

Enrol today and start immediately.

  • 14 modules, various learning tasks & research projects.  No practical elements
  • Optional final assignment for Equine Management Certification.
  • Based on the BHS Stage 1 & 2 equine management theory – includes some Stage 3 information.

Rather than just providing the usual unit by unit approach to learning offered by  so many training professionals, colleges and lecturers, Lingfield offers a genuinely real life, workmanlike approach to equine management – an approach you can relate to. 

The course material is not set in stone and fixed or static like many set syllabus training programmes. The courses are presented in plain English and in understandable conversational language making it easy to absorb and learn. 

How up to date is it?  The content is updated regularly throughout the year as and when new ideas and scientific developments or methods are introduced in the wider world of equine care in the UK.

 How does this programme differ from the Intermediate Diploma programme (Code ID) which also contains Level 1 & 2 courses ?

  1. You can fast track through both courses in this programme.
  2. You may if you wish, request all the files at weekly intervals and complete in 16 weeks (providing fee fully paid).
  3. Only one assignment to achieve a digital completion certificate.
  4. There is no practical tack fitting element in Level 1 in this programme.
  5. You are not required to complete and submit Level 1 Assignment – therefore no Level 1 Admin fee is required.
  6. No  age limit, prior qualifications or entry requirements whereas the ID is 16 minimum.
  7. No Admin fee required for final Level 2 completion certification

What’s in it for me?

  • Genuinely the most comprehensive Level 1 syallbus around – why not compare it yourself.
  • A greater depth of knowledge and – you’ll be one step ahead of others.
  • You can work at your own speed in your own time.
  • No fixed completion date.
  • You will gain more confidence and your horse will benefit as a result
  • Instead of asking others for advice – they will be asking you!
  • The course provides BHS Stages theory knowledge without the exams/assessments.
  • Horse ownership not required. BHS membership not required.
  • Self assessment throughout to help you achieve your goal.
  • Option to achieve a printable digital Lingfield Certificate on submission of final assignment.
  • Friendly one to one tutor for every student.  We provide hands on personal tutor  contact – we do not simply offer online support and assessment.

When used as a graded learning programme of 2 or more courses rather than individual enrolments, our courses are altogether more comprehensive than other training courses – or even the BHS exam syllabus.

Some courses  available in the industry today provide just enough detail to get people through the exams.  That might be OK for some and maybe for some youngsters just out of school, but is not really sufficient for mature people wanting to learn more, get straight into work in the industry or run a yard.

The equine management courses from Lingfield give a broader, more overall and worldly view of most topics rather than just the text book unit by unit approach to learning. They have been added to and updated over the years so are now really comprehensive. See syllabus below.

Although horse ownership is not necessary, regular access to and handling of equines is really helpful with this Level 1 & 2 equine management programme.

 Why use Lingfield ?

For busy people these equine management courses are an ideal way to gain more knowledge or are ideal as stepping stone on their equine career path. They are a way of gaining that theory knowledge you would be questioned on throughout the days of the various professional BHS assessments. Alongside this, they provide the overall detail and broader information that is usually only gained via practical experience on a yard.

They are not just training courses to help you get qualified. The Lingfield courses are aimed at those who require practical and broad ranging information on equine management in real life.  We tend to attract the horse owner or yard manager, as opposed to providing a more restrictive career pathway for students whose only aim is to achieve qualifications.

People use Lingfield because we are user friendly and

  • They help with preparation for professional qualifications but go way beyond that.
  • You can work at own speed in own time –  no rush no hassle – even take a break if you wish.
  • There are no fixed completion dates providing you maintain contact.

Free personal tutor support:

  • Your tutor works with you to help you achieve. Have as much or as little contact with your tutor as you wish.
  • You may call on your tutor for advice both during and even after you finish the course. (Your own personal helpline!)
  • Regular access to horses and ponies is recommended for those aiming to achieve good Level 2 results but is not imperative.

How basic is Level 1?    Answer:  It is beyond foundation level so not necessarily very novice at all.

You can work quite quickly through Level 1 if you have the available time for studying. 

However, be very aware that to skip or skim Level 1 topics because you assume they are too novice and that therefore you MUST know it all,  will very likely mean you fail the final assignment.

Level 1 is not simply a basic novice course. For instance it covers the following in depth and detail. 

Bits and biting; Detail on feed types/uses Tack & tack fitting and knowledge of detailed saddle fitting from the viewpoint of the qualified saddle fitter; First aid treatment and some of the more common ailments.  Bedding and some other topics such as physiology may seem basic and entry level but the assignment asks for more knowledge than you might expect.

Tutor:  P.Clements

Preparation for Entry

  • Recommended age 16 – this is not mandatory
    • If enrolling someone else – note last few paragraphs of this page.
  • Ability to study and research using the internet
  • A love of horses and some access to horses locally
  • Motivation to learn and study, or previous equine experience
  • Some research required throughout plus a willingness to learn. To complete the final assignment you will require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app – see below.
  • 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 – see Frequently asked Questions.

 When you click confirm & pay – you will be sent an automated email. The email contains a file download link.  If you do not receive any email, check your spam folder.  You MUST download (save) the file to your own device and confirm immediately that you are able to open it

All course material sent via pdf files.
Initial file on enrolment. Next file @ minimum 14 day interval – thereafter at minimum of weekly intervals.

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.   Full details here:

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 assignment 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
Completion restrictions may occasionally apply with government funding.

Before paying you will be asked to tick that you have read the Terms & Conditions

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 let us know us if there are any difficulties with dyslexia or learning.


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

Syllabus – Level 1 – see Level 1 course

Syllabus – Level 2

Level 1 course is very comprehensive and links to Level 2.  It is inadvisable therefore, to enrol directly onto Level 2.  It is suggested you look instead at the Intermediate Diplomas which is subsidised and therefore better value.

• Psychology further to Level 1.
• Farriers, Registration.
• Shoeing.
• Reasons for calling the farrier.
• Detailed structure of the lower leg and foot.
• Effects of hard ground and heavy going.
• Treating minor wounds.
• Common injuries and ailments – further to Level 1.
• Bandages and boots for protection.

• Grassland Management:
• Renovation & maintenance of pasture and buildings for equines.
• Making hay.
• Evaluation of hay making on small parcels of land.
• Analysis of soil structure and nutrients.
• General management.
• 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.
• Teeth*

• Lunging – brief info only
• Tack further to Level 1. Further care of saddlery
• Importance of daily routine
• Guidelines and importance of routine for running a small yard
• Daily, weekly, periodical & annual treatment, tasks and maintenance jobs
• Insurance for horse & rider
• Etiquette – rules and manners for Indoor and outdoor schools & warming up at shows
• Parking etiquette – horse boxes and trailers

Research projects throughout

Examples of Research Projects :
Latest products for wound treatment
Feed Scoops
Feeds by volume and weight

Prior theory revision required

  • Worming & methods of maintaining low worm burdens in equines and on pasture
  • Feeds: types of hard feed and their uses.
    Vacuum Packed products – use and storage.
    Various types of bedding materials such as hemp and methods/management.
  • Buying and getting a second hand saddle fitted.
  • Bit fitting
  • Fitting bits and bridles and what to look for in poorly fitting bits and tack.
  • Psychology & behaviour.
  • Procedures for buying horses.

Recommended reading: 

  • Manual of Horsemanship from,
  • Grassland Management for Horse & Pony Owners (BHS)
  • Lingfield Wall Charts (buy both for £12) available here

Further reading:

  • First Aid for Horse Owners.

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