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Subsidised Int. Diploma – Equine Care & Management – 2 course programme

Subsidised Int. Diploma – Equine Care & Management – 2 course programme


Skill Level Skill Level = Further Education Level 2-3
No. of Units / Modules 14
Total Hours 350 / 545 dependent on student input
Course Duration Totally flexible - no completion dates. Contact required periodically to maintain an active course.
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

2 comprehensive & subsidised horse care courses in one learning programme.

  • Intermediate Diploma with fast track option for experienced people – choose payment in full.
  • Instalment option with UK bank accounts only – via dropdown list. Initial payment by card or Paypal
  • No fixed completion dates
  • Work at your own speed – in your own time
  • Broaden your knowledge with this easy to read course material.

Professionally produced equine care & management programme by equine industry experts – yet with a friendly and informal step by step approach to distance learning.

Equally ideal for the motivated novice or experienced person.

  • Flexibility to work at your own speed in your own time
  • Easy to read and easy to learn course material
  • Comprehensive up to date equine studies
  • Ideal for experienced owners to refresh / update & for the novice and less experienced to broaden their knowledge.


  • Take a break when life gets hectic – pick it up again when things are more settled
  • No rush – no hassle
  • Free one to one friendly tutor support throughout
  • Further support available after you complete


  • Multiple learning tasks and assignments with self assessment guides throughout
  • 14 modules. Optional final marked assignments for Certification & Diploma
  • Friendly one to one tutor for every student.
  • We provide hands on personal tutor  contact – we do not simply offer online assessment.

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

Considered 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
  2. Level 2 Equine Care & Management = 7 modules / Study Packs

Who are these courses for:

The Lingfield courses are aimed not only at those aiming to work in the industry, but also at those who require practical and broad ranging information on equine management in real life – perhaps for the horse owner or yard manager.  For those who are interested in working with horses we have this article on our website – I want to work with horses.

When considering a more restrictive student career pathway for those whose aim is purely to achieve exam results and qualifications, this Lingfield learning programme provides the student with a genuine and workmanlike knowledge in real world situations.

What’s in it for me?

  • Enrol now – immediate start.
  • Automatic receipt of first course files.
  • No waiting. Optional Certificates on completion.
  • 2 full courses containing 14 Study Packs in all.
  • 3 optional Certificates available (these incur admin fees and successful completion of the assignments, research projects, and tack session in Level 1).

The benefits of this combined programme & Enrolment requirements are:

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


Level 1

This course if full of depth and detail beyond what which most would expect at this level + has subsidised fees.

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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