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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply knowledge of unsoundness conditions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335761  Apply knowledge of unsoundness conditions 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 builds on the knowledge of equine conformation. The qualifying learner will understand the various unsoundness conditions associated with equines.

Qualifying learners will be capable of:
  • Defining unsoundnesses.
  • Recognising unsoundnesses related to conformation.
  • Categorising the nature of unsoundnesses. 

  • 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.
  • Equine Physiology at NQF Level 3.
  • Conformation at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define unsoundnesses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between unsoundness, lameness and a blemish is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Olbservable signs of unsoundness are recognised and discussed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of not recognising unsoundness are discussed in a given case study. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Recognise unsoundnesses related to conformation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Joint and skeletal unsoundnesses and lamenesses related to conformation traits are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tendon and ligament unsoundnesses and lamenesses related to conformation traits are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The significance of the condition is discussed relative to the selection of horses for specific purposes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Categorise the nature of unsoundnesses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Unsoundnesses of limb are identified and the relationship to performance is explained in a given case study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Unsoundnesses of respiratory system are explained in relation to performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Unsoundnesses of cardio-vascular system are explained in relation to performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Neurological system is described in relation to the functioning of an equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Muscular and skeletal system is described in relation to functioning of an equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Demonstrate an awareness of when to consult a health care professional. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification must be accredited by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance (ETQA) body.
  • 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 Units 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:
  • Physiology of the equine.
  • Evaluation of conformation.
  • Unsoundnesses in equines. 

  • 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 dealing with unsoundnesses 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 in identifying unsoundnesses. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Understand that organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively are characteristics of an equine care provider. 

    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 equine comfort. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of relevant competencies at a minimum of National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 6. 

  • 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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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.