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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Use a horse for rural operational duties 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335736  Use a horse for rural operational duties 
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 apply knowledge and skills to plan, conduct and evaluate operational duties by making use of horses. The learner will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of command and control, assess accommodation while conducting rural operational duties and evaluate equipment for rural operational duties. They will also know how to assess aspects to be taken into account during rural operational duties and evaluate the logistical and other means of support.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating an understanding of command and control.
  • Assessing accommodation for horses while conducting rural operational duties.
  • Evaluating equipment for rural operational duties.
  • Assessing aspects to be taken into account during rural operational duties.
  • Evaluate the logistical and other means of support.

    Range of rural operational duties include, but is not limited to: borderline patrols and investigation of stock theft. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 3.
  • Riding Proficiency skills at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of command and control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Factors to be taken into account during the daily routine of command and control are described in line with the purpose of the operational duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods of planning operational duties are evaluated in terms of the nature of the operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Components of the operational plan are assessed in terms of the operational objectives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components include, but are not limited to:
  • Welfare and safety of horse and rider, maintenance of horses, and maintenance of related equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The responsibilities of command and control are identified in line with the operational plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Training, welfare and transportation of horses.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assess accommodation for horses while conducting rural operational duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Requirements related to a main base area facility in which horses are kept are described in the absence of stables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Requirements related to overnight facilities for horses in the absence of stables are identified that include all aspects suited to the needs of the horses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Requirements for accommodation of riders are assessed in terms of the purpose of patrols and their specific needs. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate equipment for rural operational duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The dress codes for horses and riders are assessed in terms of the purpose of the operational duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment used by riders is assessed for suitability in line with the aim of the duties. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment includes, but are not limited to:
  • Water bottle, torch, first aid kit, sleeping bags, poncho, groundsheets and grooming kit.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Requirements for saddlery are evaluated in terms of their suitability for border patrols and duties. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Saddlery requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Saddles, bridles, halter with lead rope, blankets and saddle bags.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The caring for, cleaning of and maintenance of saddlery is evaluated in terms of suitability to the nature of border line patrols. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify aspects to be taken into account during rural operational duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ration requirements are assessed in terms of suitability and sufficiency for the horse and rider. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Requirements regarding rest periods are evaluated in terms of the horse's abilities and the type of patrol conducted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The duration and speed of patrols are determined as appropriate for the relevant environmental factors. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environmental factors include, but are not limited to:
  • Terrain, temperature, wind and humidity.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant fire and private property regulations are described in terms of their implications in patrols. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Methods of maintaining stable equipment and expendable items are evaluated in terms of their advantages and disadvantages. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Evaluate logistical and other means of support. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role and functions of farriers and veterinarians are evaluated in line with the need for specialised assistance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods of transporting detainees during rural operational duties are assessed in terms of organizational policies and procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Organizational policies and procedures include, but are not limited to: calling for immediate assistance for transportation and using a horse to transport detainees.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need for transportation of horses is described in terms of the patrolling plan. 


    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 relevant extracts of the following:
  • Animal Health Act.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • South African Police Service Act.
  • Criminal Procedure Act.
  • Animal Welfare Act.
  • Performing Animals Act.

    Specifications, agreements and policies and procedures may include:
  • Organizational Policies and procedures.
  • Standing Orders.
  • Special Force Orders. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to conducting rural patrols on horseback in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community in discharging one's duties in the mounted services of a law enforcement agency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in discharging one's duties in the mounted services of a law enforcement agency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about the operational plan while on horseback in order to conduct rural operational 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 plan, execute and complete a successful rural patrol while on horseback. 

    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
    Elective  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.
     
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