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Equine Care & Management Level 1 £114.00 / £38.00

Equine Care & Management Level 1 £114.00 / £38.00


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

  • £114 or 3 x £38 – this course is also included as part of the Intermediate Diploma subsidised / reduced rate programme.

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

Professionally produced courses by qualified coaches and trainers.  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.  Lingfield is known as the friendly distance learning group.

  • Based on BHS Stages 1 & 2 theory
  • Enrol & pay the fee online. Immediately start.  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 – no terms or yearly deadlines.
  • East to read, non text book language.
  • Horse ownership is not required.
  • Friendly one to one personal tutor on call throughout.
  • No fixed completion dates – ideal for people with busy lives.
  • Self assessment throughout with optional final assignment for Certificate.
  • Experienced people often enrol on the Intermediate Diploma programme
  • One to one tutor.
  • Have as much or as little contact with your tutor or the office as you wish.
  • We understand dyslexia or learning difficulties, your tutor is there to help.

Who takes this course?
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. 

  • Above all this course is taken by discerning people who compare content from other providers before enrolling.

Mature Students welcomed – become a more confident and knowledgeable horse carer.  Read more about horses and learn whilst you do it.  Younger home educated students welcomed – email first.

This comprehensive Level 1 course is based on the BHS Stages 1 to 2 theory.  7 modules and assignments, loads of learning tasks and research projects.  Friendly support by phone or email.  Level 1 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.
  • 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.

The practical session in Level 1 has been waived for all those reaching that topic and completing the course during the Covid 19 lockdown.

How do I work on these courses?

It’s really simple – read the file/module through and make your own notes if you wish – then simply request the next file.  Self assessments provided in each module.  Here is how it works:

  1. Read through the first module (Study Pack) jot down notes on anything new and interesting.
  2. Complete any research required or suggested & referring to the course material, complete the separate ‘Set Work’ (assignment) but keep it on file for now.
  3. Request the next file module.  Check your previous Set Work answers against the ‘Answer Guidance Sheet’ to assess how your answers compared.
  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 until through all 7 Study Packs in the same way.
  6. Certificates are optional.  If aiming for a certificate complete the final Set Work 7/Assignment by referring to the course material and send with £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.
  • 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) or the combined Level 1 & 2 at £252.  Both offer 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.

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

Printable course list – the website however, has the most up to date details

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

Other Lingfield programmes which contain this course will be found on the links below:



  • 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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