Unit of competency details

ACMEQU101 - Approach and catch horses (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 29/Nov/2017

Usage recommendation:
Current

Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  14/Feb/2018 
The content being displayed has been produced by a third party, while all attempts have been made to make this content as accessible as possible it cannot be guaranteed. If you are encountering issues following the content on this page please consider downloading the content in its original form

Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 1.0.

Application

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely approach, catch and move around suitably educated, calm, consistent and obedient horses. It covers knowledge of the natural instincts of horses and their common behaviour traits and potential risks when working with and around horses.

The unit applies to individuals who are learning about horses likely to have no experience working around or with horses. These individuals undertake defined routine activities under direct supervision in environments, such as stables, paddocks and yards.

No occupational licensing or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Work health and safety and animal welfare legislation relevant to interacting with horses applies to workers in this industry. Requirements vary between industry sectors and state/territory jurisdictions. Users are advised to check with the relevant authority for specific requirements.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.

Pre-requisite Unit

Nil

Unit Sector

Equine (EQU)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements 

Performance Criteria 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Recognise horses and their body language

1.1 Identify common features and the behavioural natural instincts of horses

1.2 Describe horses by colour, type and gender

1.3 Identify posture and facial features that indicate horses are relaxed in their surroundings

1.4 Identify posture and facial features that indicate horses are threatened or defensive in their surroundings

1.5 Identify posture and facial features that indicate horses are distressed, or exhibiting uncharacteristic behaviour

1.6 Identify the features of human body language that affect horse behaviour

1.7 Describe horse behaviour and their responses to people, other horses and the environment using industry terminology

2. Approach calm, suitably educated horses that are tied up

2.1 Identify risks associated with approaching horses that are tied-up and discuss how to manage the risks with supervisor

2.2 Discuss how to safely approach and handle a horse with supervisor and confirm that instructions are understood

2.3 Follow WHS procedures and supervisor s instructions when approaching and handling horses

2.4 Confirm that horses are aware of handler s presence

2.5 Use human body language to minimise stress when approaching horses

2.6 Approach, handle and move around a tied-up horse calmly and safely

3. Approach, catch and release a calm, suitably educated horse in a yard or stable

3.1 Identify risks associated with approaching and catching loose horses and horses that are lying down and discuss how to manage risks with supervisor

3.2 Discuss how to safely approach, catch and release a horse with supervisor and confirm that instructions are understood

3.3 Safely move around a horse that is lying down

3.4 Approach a single loose horse with halter and lead

3.5 Fit halter and lead according to instructions

3.6 Remove halter and release a horse calmly and safely

4. Lead a calm, suitably educated horse

4.1 Identify risks associated with leading horses and discuss how to manage safety risks to supervisor

4.2 Discuss how to safely lead a horse with supervisor and confirm that instructions are understood

4.3 Hold a stationary horse in a controlled area

4.4 Lead a horse on its own

4.5 Lead a horse single file in a group

4.6 Lead a horse through a gate or into a stable

4.7 Lead a horse through a controlled horse workplace environment

Foundation Skills

This section describes those language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential for performance in this unit of competency but are not explicit in the performance criteria.

Skill 

Description 

Oral communication

  • Use active listening and questioning to clarify and confirm supervisor instructions

Navigate the world of work

  • Follow workplace procedures, including safety and animal welfare requirements, relating to own role and work area
  • Demonstrate a duty of care to self and others when working with horses

Interact with others

  • Communicate effectively and cooperate with supervisor and co-workers including reporting problems

Get the work done

  • Follow clearly sequenced instructions to approach, catch and handle calm, well-educated horses

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

ACMEQU101 Approach and catch horses

Not applicable

New unit

No equivalent unit

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=b75f4b23-54c9-4cc9-a5db-d3502d154103

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 1.0.

Performance Evidence

An individual demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements and performance criteria of this unit.

There must be evidence that the individual has, under direct supervision, approached, caught, stood and led calm, consistent and obedient horses, assessed as being suitable for the skill and experience of the individual.

All tasks must be carried out in accordance with work health and safety procedures relevant to moving round and handling horses and there must be evidence that the individual has:

  • discussed and reported any safety risks or concerns with supervisor
  • observed body language of at least three horses and used observations to guide own interactions with horse
  • approached and moved around restrained, loose and recumbent horses, avoiding actions that could jeopardise the safety of self or others
  • safely and calmly approached three different horses in a stable or small yard or paddock, then fitted and released a headcollar or halter according to instructions
  • leading at least three different horses at walk in an enclosed area alone and in single file groups of three or more horses maintaining a safe distance between each horse over a distance of around 100m
  • following work health and safety (WHS) procedures when moving round and handling horses
  • reporting and discussing safety risks with supervisor.

Knowledge Evidence

An individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge required to perform the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit. This includes knowledge of:

  • features of horse body language that indicate common horse behaviour, instincts and social traits including:
  • alert
  • herd
  • inquisitive
  • relaxed and confident
  • sick
  • resting
  • threatened or distressed
  • threatening
  • uncomfortable and nervous
  • how to handle horses in group and individual situations
  • uncharacteristic horse behaviours
  • characteristics of mares, geldings and stallions
  • terminology used to describe basic identifying features of horses including horse coat colours
  • communication procedures within the work environment when handling horses
  • the importance of complying with workplace protocols
  • how hazards and risks, relevant to the particular activity, are identified and managed
  • safety procedures when approaching and moving around animals
  • safe horse handling zones
  • how to work safely around recumbent horses including how they get up
  • methods to catch a loose horse
  • safe horse handling practices
  • tools and equipment to catch and lead horses.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment of skills must take place under the following conditions:

  • physical conditions:
  • controlled safe workplace or an environment that accurately represents workplace conditions, where there is minimal risk of distractions from other horses, animals or outside influences that may make horses difficult to control
  • resources, equipment and materials:
  • live, calm, consistent and obedient horses educated for the activity and assessed as being suitable for the skill and experience level of the individual
  • appropriate tack for individual, horse and activity
  • personal protective equipment for individual that is correctly fitted and suitable for activity
  • specifications:
  • workplace instructions
  • relationships with others:
  • supervisor.

Training and assessment strategies must show evidence of the use of guidance provided in the Companion Volume: User Guide: Safety in Equine Training.

Assessors of this unit must satisfy the requirements for assessors in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=b75f4b23-54c9-4cc9-a5db-d3502d154103

Training component details
The following details are displayed for each different NRT:-

Training packages

- Training package details
- Training package components

Qualifications

- Qualification details
- Qualification components

Accredited courses

- Accredited course details

Modules

- Module details

Units of competency

- Units of competency details
- Unit components

Skill sets

- Skill set details
- Skill set components

Click on the Export link to export the NRT information to MS Word or PDF.

Click on the Manage notification link to create or change a notification for this NRT.

When selecting the Display history check box a set of tables will appear displaying a log of historical values describing what has changed and when over time.

If you have access to make changes to an NRT, click on the Edit link on the upper right hand side of the summary box.