Unit of competency details

ACMHBR405 - Supervise natural horse mating program (Release 1)


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1 1 (this release)Current 29/Nov/2017

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

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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 1

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


This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to make arrangements for natural mating based on reproductive histories and observations of reproductive behaviour in horses.

The unit applies to individuals who use specialised knowledge and skills, have responsibility for a work activity, area or team, and provide and communicate solutions for a range of predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems in the horse breeding sector.

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

Prerequisite unit 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

Horse Breeding (HBR)

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria 

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Make arrangements for natural mating

1.1 Check breeding records for stallion and mare reproductive histories

1.2 Select breeding stallions and mares for natural mating based on breeding history and other workplace records

1.3 Bring animals into optimal breeding condition by providing and adjusting nutrition and exercise

1.4 Assess breeding health of stallions and mares and take action to maximise fertility and breeding performance

1.5 Prepare facilities and equipment for natural mating

2. Monitor reproductive behaviour in stallions and mares

2.1 Observe stallion behaviour for signs of reproductive activity and make arrangements for collecting semen according to workplace procedures

2.2 Collect and analyse semen to assess fertility, and store to maintain viability

2.3 Observe mare behaviour for signs of reproductive activity and determine timing for natural mating

2.4 Manipulate oestrus to meet breeding program and other requirements

3. Complete records

3.1 Maintain workplace records according to workplace requirements

3.2 Ensure rules of breed registries and equine disciplines are adhered to

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.




  • Select and collate relevant information from individual horse records to determine breeding options


  • Calculate dates and timing of reproductive activity to determine booking and administrative arrangements

Navigate the world of work

  • Follow regulatory and workplace procedures, including work health and safety, safe horse handling and animal welfare requirements, associated with own role and natural mating program

Get the work done

  • Plan and sequence tasks, including monitoring activity and prioritising tasks to coordinate natural mating program
  • Make decisions about routine activities, taking responsibility for actions taken

Unit Mapping Information

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Equivalence status 

ACMHBR405 Supervise natural horse mating program

Not applicable

New unit

No equivalent unit


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 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 supervised at least one horse mating program involving natural mating, including:

  • selecting stallions and mares for breeding based on:
  • breeding principles
  • breeding histories of individual horses
  • availability of bookings
  • facilitating arrangements for natural mating to occur
  • updating and maintaining workplace records.

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:

  • principles and practices for recognising horse reproductive behaviour, including:
  • application of basic genetic theory to the development of an organisational breeding strategy and long-term planning
  • basic genetic theories
  • sexual and reproductive behaviour of horses:
  • normal sexual behaviour of the stallion
  • reproductive behaviour of mares
  • seasonal breeding habits of mares
  • principles and practices for supervising natural mating, including:
  • anatomy and physiology of the reproductive organs and reproductive processes in horses
  • breeding principles
  • ovulation stimulation and synchronisation
  • purpose of breeding records
  • resource requirements
  • semen collection and analysis.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment of skills must take place under the following conditions:

  • physical conditions:
  • a workplace or an environment that accurately represents workplace conditions
  • resources, equipment and materials:
  • various mares and stallions in breeding program assessed as suitable for handling for the experience and skill of the individual
  • breeding histories and relevant reproductive information about individual mares and stallions
  • specifications:
  • work instructions, booking and administrative arrangements.

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.


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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