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Intermediate Diploma Equine Care & Management (ID) £348.00

Intermediate Diploma Equine Care & Management (ID) £348.00


Skill Level Skill Level = Further Education Level 2-3
No. of Units / Modules 14
Total Hours 350 + dependent on student input
Course Duration Totally flexible - no completion dates. Periodically contact only required
No Attendance or Study Weeks required Conducted by home study
Fee - In full or instalments Instalment option see drowdown arrow on right

Intermediate Diploma

In Equine Care & Management

All Intermediate Diplomas are combined course programmes attracting subsidised fees and include both Level 1 & 2 Equine Care & Management courses.

Underpins your skills and updates your knowledge to intermediate level

Based on the BHS Stages theory.  Bring your knowledge up to date and have the confidence to really enjoy your skills.  Extend your theory skills beyond Stage 2 or National diploma Level 2.

  • No fixed start or completion dates
  • Ideal for those with busy lives
  • Enrol & confirm when your funds are OK
  • Start later when you have more time
  • Work at your own speed – in your own time
  • Professionally produced by qualified coaches

Who are these courses for?

  • Motivated owners, carers and riders
  • Experienced owners – fast track option
  • Experienced people keen to update their knowledge
  • Anyone aiming for future professional qualifications

Are you worried about studying after a long break?

Don’t worry, we wrote these courses especially for you.  Unlike many distance learning courses we use friendly and informal language & a non text book approach.

My friend is taking this Intermediate Diploma – she is experienced but I’m a reasonably new owner / rider – will it suite me too?

Yes: The informal approach and language of the course text, means the courses are suitable for less experienced riders/owners providing you are motivated.  Because we are a small group of instructors we tend to get to know each students personally.  Unlike most course providers, on completion of your course, our connection with you is not over; consider your tutor as a friend who will support you in future should you ever need it.

No rush – no hassle

Totally flexible completion dates. We understand how life works.  Sometimes you have to take time out for life’s hic-cups:

New job, house move, baby arrival, caring for family, holiday / half term.   Simply take a break from your course when life gets hectic, pick it up again when things are more settled.  You can take 6 or 9 months or 18 – 24 months or longer.  It is entirely up to you.  Just do as much as you wish every week or month or whenever it works for you.

  • Ideal for experienced owners to get bang up to date & one step ahead of the rest.
  • Ideal for the less experienced to broaden their knowledge.
  • Interesting guided yet self managed practical learning tasks and assignments.
  • Self assessment guides throughout.
  • Optional final marked assignments for Certification & Diploma
  • Friendly one to one tutor for every student – not just impersonal online assessments.
  • Have as much or as little contact with your tutor as you wish.

14 modules (Study Packs) with loads of interesting optional tasks, projects and assignments with final yet optional assignments for Certification & Diploma.

Considered by many to be the most comprehensive equine care & management distance learning programme available in the UK at this level.  Check the fully detailed syllabus for each course below

  1. Level 1 Equine Care & Management = 7 modules / Study Packs + your own practical session
  2. Level 2 Equine Care & Management = 7 modules / Study Packs

What does this Intermediate Diploma programme provide?

This Intermediate Diploma programme provides the student with a genuine and workmanlike, real life knowledge of equine management as opposed to providing the more restrictive career pathway for those whose aim is purely to achieve exam results.

This is for real life riders in real life situations with horses who are not all the same, nor are they kept the same. It is for riders whose time may be limited, and whose lives are as varied as their horses personalities and lifestyles.

The course material provides an all round view and approach which will stand both career students and private owners for years to come.  For those who are interested in working with horses we have this informative article on our website – I want to work with horses.

READ MORE – ID programme – Benefits : Certification : Entry Requirements


Level 1

This course if full of depth and detail + has subsidised fees via the training provider.

Our most popular course for leisure riders and career student.  In fact, so confident are we that this is the best value course available at this level, we offer a refund if you show us a similar & more comprehensive course at the same level.

Keeping overheads low is one of our aims, this helps to keep our fees so low.  We are professionals in the ever changing world of training.  We provide courses which suite those who may not be aiming for a career in the equine world but want the benefit of the theory knowledge provided by professionally produced courses.

  • 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. Thorough Grooming, Strapping and Quartering.
  • Signs of Health and Ill Health.
  • When to call the vet. Your horses relationship with the vet.
  • 1st Aid. Do you 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 – see below.
  • Road Safety* courtesy.
  • Preparation for road riding.
  • Towing Trailers.
  • Returning from a ride – Care of the hot horse – modern approaches

+* Denotes inclusion of research project.

50+ topics

* Denotes research project also required

Enrolled students are provided with access to the online Lingfield student Research Folder

Tack Session is easy and is completed to achieve a certificate / diploma.

  • Students use a local instructor to oversee the session – it is not a test.
  • With the motivated student the instructor could involve horse and rider.
  • At the most basic however, it can be completed as a tack cleaning workshop.

Level 2

Before enrolling on Lingfield Level 2 you should note that Level 1 is very comprehensive. Forr this reason you should be aware that the revision suggested must be undertaken by those expecting to gain a Level 2 certificate

  • Psychology further 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 further to Level 1
  • How to provide a ‘balanced’ diet
  • Guides to light, moderate, medium work etc
  • Feeding for light to medium work MJDE levels
  • 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 include :

  • Revision of Level 1 topics and further projects as follows
  • Worming programmes, modern thinking & methods of maintaining low worm burdens.
  • Ensuring a second hand saddle is checked and fitted correctly.
  • Feeds: types of hard feed and their uses.
  • Cereals & Straights – what to feed and when
  • Feed Scoops – various feeds by volume and weights, mjde levels
  • Vacuum Packed products – use and storage.
  • Bedding materials methods/management/value for money.
  • Fitting bits and bridles examining poorly fitting bits and tack.
  • Psychology & behaviour.
  • Procedures for buying horses.
  • Importance of routine.
  • Required security and safety procedures & precautions.
  • Up to date products for treatment of wounds.



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