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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply remedial behavioural techniques for a horse 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335720  Apply remedial behavioural techniques for a horse 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is for learners who want to make a career of working with horses. It will provide them with the knowledge of the evolution and domestication of the equine species and its relationship to common behavioural traits in horses. This knowledge will provide the basis for the qualifying learner to apply remedial techniques for unmounted vices.

Qualifying learners will be capable of:
  • Understanding the evolution of the equine.
  • Understanding domestication of the horse.
  • Understanding the evolutionary outcome of the modern horse.
  • Identifying common behavioural traits in the horse.
  • Appling remedial techniques. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • ID 335727: Recognize and manage stable and un-mounted vices in Equines at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand the evolution of the equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The phases and process of equine evolution is described in historical terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pre-modern environmental influences on equine evolution is explained in terms of the extent of influence and potential results of the influence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Geographic migration of the equine is explained in terms of pre-domestication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Original parentage of the modern equine is described in terms of background and development. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand domestication of the horse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The developmental calendar/timeline of the horse is described in terms of domestication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purposes of domestication of horses are listed for different times and communities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Purposes include, but are not limited to:
  • Transport, labour, farming, food, war and recreation.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Domestication of the horse is explained in terms of the impact on both horses and humans. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understand the evolutionary outcome of the modern horse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Genetic influences of the modern horse are described in terms of how they came to be in their current state. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Genetic types include, but are not limited to:
  • Native breed, hot, warm and cold blooded.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equine types are differentiated between in terms of their biological make-up. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equine type includes, but are not limited to:
  • Zebra, donkey, zebdonks, quagga, horse, pony, mule and donkey.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Environmental influences on modern horses are described in terms of the result on the behaviour of horses. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environmental influences includes, but is not limited to:
  • Physical, psychological, feeding, conformation, temperament, housing, geographic conditions, instinctive behaviour, handling and management.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify common behavioural traits in the horse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Horse behaviour is categorised into positive and negative behavioural traits. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of positive and negative behavioural traits is explained in terms of discipline and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods of dealing with negative behavioural traits are identified that lead to improvement in the relationship between the equine and the handler. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply remedial techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The range of remedial techniques is listed according to internationally accepted procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Remedial techniques include, but are not limited to:
  • Join-up, clicker, round pen and natural horsemanship techniques.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A technique is selected that is appropriate to the desired behavioural change for a given situation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Behaviours targeted:
  • Weaving, box walking, crib biting, wind sucking, biting, rug tearing, kicking, barging and rearing.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate remedial technique is applied according to internationally accepted procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consequences of not applying the appropriate remedial technique is explained in terms of ongoing performance and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The remedial intervention applied is assessed for suitability to desired outcomes and recommendations are made that will improve application of similar interventions in the future. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain the following:
  • History and evolution of the equine.
  • Impact of domestication on the horse.
  • Equine types and characteristics.
  • Genetic and environmental influences on the horse.
  • Positive and negative behavioural traits of the horse.
  • Remedial behavioural techniques. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems associated with establishing the equine lineage by employing responsible decision-making and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Understand that working effectively with others as a member of a team, group or role-players is vital in dealing with unmounted vices. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Understand that organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively are necessary in the discharge of one's duties. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in dealing with all internal and external role-players to achieve the desired behavioural change in the horse. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  71469   Further Education and Training Certificate: Equine Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



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