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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Trim and shoe equine feet 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335737  Trim and shoe equine feet 
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 about trimming and shoeing equine feet as planned through determining the farriery requirements. Before fitting a new set of shoes the wear of the old shoes are to be studied. When trimming and shoeing a previously unshod horse, the wear pattern of the hooves must be studied. Wear provides valuable information regarding any defects of conformation or abnormalities of gait and any faults in the previous preparation of the foot or in the fitting of the shoe.

The purpose of shoeing a horse is to preserve and maintain the action of the horse. The qualifying learner will need to be capable of shoeing all types of equine feet.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Removing shoes and assessing wear.
  • Trimming feet.
  • Fitting shoes.
  • Clenching and finishing the shoeing process. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Restrain an equine at NQF Level 2.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Equine Hoof Care, Level 3.
  • Describe functional system and physiology of an equine, Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Remove shoes and assess wear. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A working position is adopted and shoes are removed using appropriate techniques and tools to maintain personal and equine safety and comfort. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The feet of the equine are cleaned and examined to establish the wear pattern in relation to trimming and shoeing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The client is advised on the need to adjust the footcare and shoeing plan in terms of the state of wear of the old shoe. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Trim feet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The hooves are trimmed and balanced using appropriate tools and techniques to maintain personal and equine safety and comfort according to the agreed footcare plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The footcare plan is amended in consultation with the client in relation to conditions in the feet which were not previously identifiable. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Fit shoes. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Shoe types include, but are not limited to:
  • Concave, plain stamped and flat fullered. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Shoes for fore and hind feet are selected in terms of the type, material and size as per the shoeing plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Selected shoes are shaped according to ancillary features as determined by the footcare and shoeing plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Shoes are fitted to fore and hind feet using appropriate tools and techniques to maintain personal and equine safety and comfort. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Final adjustments are made in relation to the shape and size of the shoe and hoof. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Clench and finish the shoeing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The shoe is attached safely and securely in the correct position according to the footcare and shoeing plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The hoof is clenched and finished according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The finished job is assessed and the equine is trotted up to assess soundness of the shoeing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The client is informed of the actions taken and advised on the equines future foot care requirements. 


    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:
  • How to remove horse shoes.
  • How to assess wear on shoes and/or hooves.
  • How to trim and balance hooves.
  • How to fit horse shoes.
  • How to establish footcare requirements. 

  • 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 fitting and trimming fore and hind feet of an equine 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 trimming the equine feet and fitting equine shoes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in implementing the footcare and shoeing plan of an equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about the condition of the equine in order to trim equine feet and fit equine shoes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in dealing with all internal and external role-players in implementing a footcare and shoeing plan. 

    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: 
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