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Equine Care & Management Level 1 ‘Offer’

Equine Care & Management Level 1 ‘Offer’


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.

Equine Care & Management Level 1

  • Special offer for Winter – £114
  • Lingfield Correspondence –  is subsidising this offer for a further period.

Lingfield Level 1 Equine care & management – distance learning step by step the easy way. A course that takes you from basics to way beyond Level 1 knowledge.

Considered the most comprehensive equine care & management distance learning course available in the UK at this level.  Compare the syllabus with other courses.  Professionally produced by qualified coaches and trainers.

  • Enrol online – start immediately.  No waiting –  get going today.
  • Work at your own speed in your own time – no rush, no hassle.
  •  Take as long as you like to complete.
  • East to read, non text book language.
  • Horse ownership is not required.
  • Free personal tutor on call throughout.
  • No fixed completion dates – ideal for people with busy lives.
  • Optional final assignment for Certificate.
  • Have as much or as little contact with your tutor as you wish.
  • Your tutor is there for you to help and advice whenever you need her. If you have dyslexia or learning difficulties your tutor will understand and will help as much as possible.

Who takes this course?
Weekly horse riders, non-owners / experienced owners updating their skill level / horse sharers and loaners / prospective horse owners / first or second time owners / career changers / home educators.  Discerning people who compare content before buying.

Mature Students welcomed – become a more confident and knowledgeable horse carer – or maybe ou simply want to learn more about horses.  Young and home educated students welcomed – email first.

Based on the BHS Stages 1 to 2 theory. Level 1 offers 7 modules with assignments, multiple learning tasks and research projects and one to one tutor support – a friendly ear by phone or email.  Level 1 provides a much broader, more overall, real life and worldly view presented in normal conversational language.  It is not just the usual text book speak and unit by unit approach to learning for professional qualifications.

  • All completed by home study.
  • Access to horses now and again is useful.
  • Print your course material if you wish.
  • Packed full of interesting, detailed & professionally produced information.
  • Horse ownership / BHS or any other membership not required.
  • The only equine course of this type with completely flexible completion date.
  • Option to achieve a Lingfield Certificate on completion of one final assignment.

How do I work on these courses?

It’s really simple – read the file through and make your own notes – then request the next file.

  1. Read through the first file (Study Pack) make your own notes on anything new and interesting.
  2. Complete any research required or suggested & complete the ‘Set Work’ but keep on file.
  3. Request next file and read through.  Record own notes & research – answer the Set Work as above.
  4. Assignment/s sent to tutor on completion.

This programme will help you :

  • Update your equine skills – the right way
  • Update or broaden your management knowledge
  • Work towards an Intermediate Diploma in Equine Care & Management

Whether paying for someone else or yourself: 

  • Please be sure to read the Entry Requirements page

Should I take the Intermediate Diploma instead?

Before enrolling on this course why not look at upgrading to the subsidised ID programme at £348 / £58 a month (Includes Levels 1 & 2 together in one enrolment).  it offers the full Level 1 AND 2 courses for less than the cost of the Level 2 course! …. That’s a no brainer for most people.

Printable Syllabus with Course Fees

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



  • Equine psychology and behaviour.
  • 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.
  • Points of the Horse+* Breeds and Types+* Colours and Markings+*
  • Buying a new horse/pony for the 1st or 2nd time buyer.
  • What to do when your new horse arrives.
  • Passports for horses. Approved Livery Yards.
  • Livery Yard guidance.
  • Sample livery 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 / straights mixes & cubes/nuts – what to use and when.
  • Feeding for light work.
  • Manufacturer’s advertising leaflets+*
  • Feed products +*  Names and what they mean.
  • 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 – 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 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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