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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct and manage a multi-day horse trail 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335763  Conduct and manage a multi-day horse trail 
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  10 
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 
The learner achieving this Unit Standard will be able to conduct a guided experience on horseback for multiple days (provided that staff to client ratio does not exceed 1-6). The learner achieving this Unit Standard will be able to practice as a Ride Leader in a horse trail operation as a tourist guide envisaged in the Tourism Amendment Act in situations that require this level of competency.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Select and prepare horses for a multi-day horse trail.
  • Prepare clients for a multi-day horse trail.
  • Guide the multi-day horse trail.
  • Manage rest stops during the multi-day horse trail.
  • Establish and manage an overnight camp for horses and clients.
  • Conclude a multi-day horse trail. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Handle an equine at NQF Level 2.
  • Equine welfare at NQF Level 3.
  • Riding Proficiency at NQF Level 4.
  • Set up and operate a campaign site at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select and prepare horses for a multi-day horse trail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Horses are selected according to assessed rider requirements and trail conditions to limit stress and discomfort. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Selection criteria for horse includes, but is not limited to:
  • Fitness, soundness and health.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Horses are prepared in gear in terms of horse trails to enables control by rider and comfort for horse and rider. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Pack horses are prepared in gear which is secured firm and comfortable for the horse, allows free forward movement of the horse, and is not anticipated to cause stress or injury. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Documentation is completed according to legislative requirements, and worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Rider information include, but is not limited to:
  • Previous experience, height, weight, confidence and age.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare rider for a multi-day horse trail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Riders' preparation of personal gear is supervised in accordance with worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Gear includes, but is not limited to:
  • Day gear and swags.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rider check of clothing and equipment is conducted to ensure fitment in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and worksite safety procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment includes, but is not limited to: safety helmet, stirrup iron size and sun protection, fully equipped First Aid Kit.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mounting assistance is provided according to standard industry practice to minimise stress or injury to horses and riders. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Mounting assistance includes, but is not limited to: leg up, mounting block and holding opposite stirrup.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tack is adjusted according to standard industry practice to ensure comfort and control for rider and comfort for horse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Pre trip brief is carried out in accordance with worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pre-trip briefing includes, but is not limited to:
  • Ride etiquette, riding position, riding skills, introduction of guide(s) and other trail participants, guidelines and rules of the trail, description of the trail, rider's personal comfort, assistance during the trail, environmental care code and waste management.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct a multi-day horse trail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Destination is determined and progress maintained according to experience of clients and terrain to ensure minimum stress or discomfort to riders and horses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Group dynamics are monitored continually to determine mental and physical comfort of clients and horses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mental or physical discomfort of riders and horses are alleviated in accordance with safety requirements and worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hazardous situations or actions related to riders and horses are identified and managed in accordance with safety requirements and worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazards include, but are not limited to:
  • Unsafe actions by clients, lack of confidence with horse, misbehaving horse, other horses misbehaving; environmental hazards and obstacles.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Motivation and instructions to the group are provided in relation to group dynamics and the context of the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Management of emergency situations are explained in accordance with safety and worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Pack horses are managed and monitored to ensure their ongoing comfort, health, and safety. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Manage rest stops during the multi-day horse trek. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Dismounting of riders are supervised to maintain comfort and safety of riders and horses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Horses are restrained and saddlery managed in accordance with safety and worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Rider and horse comfort requirements are attended to according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Rider requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Refreshments, smoking, water safety [drinking, swimming], ablution facilities, rest and rubbish disposal.

    Horse requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Feed, water, rest and protection from adverse weather.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Preparation to resume trail is completed for riders and horses in accordance with worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Establish and manage an overnight camp for horses and riders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Campsite is selected to meet horse and rider comfort and safety requirements according to relevant legislation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Naturally sheltered, high, level, drinking water and feed available, able to be restrained or contained.

    Requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Naturally sheltered, drinking water available and ablutions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Camp is set up by delegation of duties to riders in accordance with rider capability and suitability for the task in accordance with worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include, but are not limited to:
  • Setting up shelter, setting up sleeping area, cooking, gear storage, food storage, lighting and heating.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Meals are prepared and served in accordance with worksite practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Campsite is managed and dismantled in accordance with relevant legislation and worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Conclude a multi-day horse trail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Riders debriefing is carried out in accordance with worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Debriefing aspects includes, but are not limited to:
  • Management of discomfort or injury, return business, procedures for complaints and farewell.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Horses are tended and trail gear is accounted for in accordance with worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documentation is completed according to legislative requirements and worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation includes, but is not limited to:
  • Incident report and log book.
     


  • 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 
    N/A 

    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 mounting, riding and dismounting a trained or novice horse in an enclosed and open area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others during the mounting, riding and dismounting of a trained or novice horse in and out of an enclosed area to ensure safety is followed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while mounting, riding and dismounting a trained or novice horse in enclosed and open areas. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze and critically collecting and evaluate information regarding the behaviour of the horse before mounting, riding and dismounting in and out of an enclosed area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with the horse by using the correct directive terminology and aids. 

    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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