Unit of competency details

ACMEQU206 - Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter (Release 1)

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
AHC - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training PackageAgriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package 2.0 
ACM - Animal Care and Management Training PackageAnimal Care and Management Training Package 1.0-2.0 

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 
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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 control a horse under saddle that is suitably educated for a beginner rider. It focuses on walking, trotting and cantering calm, obedient and consistent horses that are suitable for the level of rider experience, during controlled, supervised horse riding activities.

It covers knowledge of potential risks when working with and around horses, and the application of industry guidelines and procedures to ensure the welfare and safety of the individual, other participants and horses.

The unit applies to individuals who have limited or no horse riding experience, and who are developing skills needed to ride horses for work tasks. They undertake defined routine activities under supervision with limited responsibility for their own work. Working environments may include exercise yards and fenced horse riding areas or arenas.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication, except for the racing industry, where licensing or registration varies between states and territories. Users working in the racing industry are advised to contact the relevant Principal Racing Authority for advice on current 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

The prerequisite units of competency for this unit is:

  • ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely.

Note the following chain of prerequisites that also applies to this unit.

Unit of competency 

Prerequisite requirement 

ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely

ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

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. Prepare for horse riding activity

1.1 Discuss current skill level, riding skill development goals and horse suitability with riding instructor

1.2 Identify potential hazards and risks associated with the specific location, environment and horse riding activity, and apply control measures as directed

1.3 Select and correctly fit personal protective equipment (PPE) required for preparing and riding the horse according to WHS requirements

1.4 Catch, groom and tack-up assigned horse as directed using tack appropriate for rider, horse and discipline

1.5 Present horse to instructor appropriately tacked up for riding for gear check prior to mounting

2. Demonstrate controlled riding skills

2.1 Mount horse in a safe and balanced manner as instructed

2.2 Ride horse through gaits in a balanced and controlled manner

2.3 Use recognised aids including legs, weight, hands and voice to control movement, speed and direction of horse at halt, walk, trot and canter

2.4 Cue horse through a range of movements and direction, maintaining control of horse

2.5 Control horse under saddle among other horse and rider combinations, maintaining safe group riding practices while performing a variety of required movements

2.6 Negotiate potential hazards appropriately to minimise risks

2.7 Dismount safely and lead horse in a controlled manner

3. Complete and report post-riding activities

3.1 Perform post-riding cool down of horse as directed

3.2 Remove tack safely and check condition

3.3 Report to riding instructor on condition of gear and horse post-exercise

3.4 Discuss with riding instructor, using objective and positive language, personal performance and goals for future riding skill development

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

  • Active listening and questioning to clarify and confirm supervisor instructions
  • Use industry standard terminology to describe horse riding-related activities

Learning

  • Seek, reflect and respond to feedback from supervisor to improve own performance

Navigate the world of work

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

Get the work done

  • Assemble resources and follow clear, sequenced instructions to ride horses at walk, trot and canter

Unit Mapping Information

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Code and title previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

ACMEQU206 Perform horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter

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=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

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 performed horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter, on at least two different horses assessed as suitable for rider skills and experience. The individual must have ridden each horse on at least three different occasions, with and without other horses and riders in the immediate vicinity, during which the individual has:

  • discussed with instructor current skill level and suitability of chosen horse prior to riding
  • used and correctly fitted personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • fitted gear and equipment for nominated horses, including:
  • saddle
  • saddle cloth
  • bridle
  • accessory gear
  • mounted horse using a stirrup mount, mounting block, leg-up assisted mount
  • controlled horse under saddle at all times in the following tasks:
  • demonstrating an effective riding position at walk, trot (or jog) and canter (or lope) according to chosen discipline
  • using hand, seat and leg aids according to discipline
  • using transitions or increasing and decreasing speed within a gait according to chosen discipline
  • following arena figures of circles, straight and diagonal lines and changes of direction
  • cantering for a continuous distance of a minimum of 200 metres
  • dismounted using a stirrup dismount and a vault dismount
  • dealt with risks associated with riding horses around others
  • accepted and applied feedback from riding instructor
  • reported progress and discussed future personal riding skills needs with riding instructor.

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:

  • basic process for assessing horse suitability and matching to own skills
  • purpose and use of different items of gear, including accessory tack and equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • purpose of appropriate aids to communicate with a horse
  • safe group riding techniques
  • safe horse handling techniques
  • key animal welfare principles and practices for handling horses
  • basic work health and safety (WHS) risk assessment and control principles relating to interacting with horses, riding in an arena and with others
  • how to address common undesirable horse behaviours including:
  • travelling too fast
  • reefing and pulling
  • jogging sideways
  • running backwards
  • risk factors that influence riding horse behaviour, including:
  • other horses
  • vehicles, fences and equipment
  • other people or animals
  • wind, noise and environmental hazards
  • riding with others
  • factors that influence horse ability to respond to rider position and application of the natural and artificial aids.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment of skills must take place under the following conditions:

  • physical conditions:
  • confined arena in a workplace or an environment that accurately represents workplace conditions
  • resources, equipment and materials:
  • various calm, consistent and obedient horses assessed as suitable for the experience and skill of the individual
  • other riders
  • appropriate tack for walk, trot and canter riding activities suitable for horse, rider and discipline
  • correctly fitted PPE for the individual, including riding boots, safety vest and Australian standard or equivalent compliant helmet.

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.

The following specific assessor requirements apply to this unit. The assessor must:

  • hold a current, recognised qualification for instructing or coaching horse riding and handling skills (refer to User Guide for details), and
  • have three years of experience organising groups and responding to different types of riders and horses in order to prevent incidents that could lead to injury of rider or horse.

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=c6399549-9c62-4a5e-bf1a-524b2322cf72

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

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