Unit of competency details

ACMHBR406 - Prepare yearlings for sale (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to RGRHBR406 - Prepare horses for saleCode and title changed to reflect appropriate industry sector usage and intent of unit. Minor changes for clarity. Removal of points duplicating performance criteria in performance evidence. 09/Sep/2019

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 29/Nov/2017


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 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 prepare yearlings for the show ring and for sale. It includes washing, grooming, exercising and feeding yearlings.

The unit applies to individuals who use specialised horse 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


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. Prepare yearlings for grooming and exercise

1.1 Identify hazards and risks to yearlings, and take action to control

1.2 Ensure yearlings are familiarised to being in proximity to people and activity

1.3 Teach yearlings to be tied up using safe and ethical horse handling techniques

1.4 Brush yearlings all over, including manes and tail

1.5 Pick yearlings feet out

1.6 Fit tack and equipment, so that yearlings become accustomed to tack and equipment prior to sale or exhibition

1.7 Ensure records for individual horses are maintained and updated

2. Exercise and wash yearlings

2.1 Ensure yearlings' feet are trimmed and shod according to workplace procedures

2.2 Exercise yearlings according to workplace practices

2.3 Introduce yearlings to stable or small yard

2.4 Introduce yearlings to the wash bay, scrape off and dress over

2.5 Increase exercise time and spend time hand walking yearlings

2.6 Teach yearlings to lead up according to workplace practices

3. Develop and oversee a feeding program for yearlings

3.1 Calculate nutritional requirements of yearlings

3.2 Determine individual feeding plans for yearlings

3.3 Adjust nutrition and feeding program to achieve desired result at time of sale

4. Prepare yearlings for sale day presentation

4.1 Ensure yearlings' coats are well brushed and blooming, manes tidied and tails trimmed up

4.2 Teach yearlings to stand in the correct fashion and stand in one position for a period of time

4.3 Teach yearlings to walk and parade to workplace requirements

4.4 Arrange for photos to be taken according to workplace practices

4.5 Arrange for shoes to be fitted prior to sale or exhibition according to workplace practices

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.




  • Analyse workplace records to determine work requirements relating to preparing yearlings for sale


  • Enter observations and data into workplace records accurately and legibly


  • Calculate quantities, and weigh and measure feed components and supplements accurately for yearlings

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 preparing yearlings for sale

Interact with others

  • Work collaboratively with a range of personnel to organise activities for sale day presentations

Get the work done

  • Plan and sequence tasks; monitoring activity and prioritising tasks to achieve outcomes for preparing yearlings for sale
  • Make decisions about routine activities, taking responsibility for actions taken

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous version 


Equivalence status 

ACMHBR406 Prepare yearlings for sale

Not applicable

New unit

No equivalent unit


Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.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 prepared at least three yearlings for sale, including:

  • conditioning yearlings in preparation for sales
  • developing and applying exercise programs and routines in preparation for sales
  • developing and overseeing nutrition programs and feeding routines in preparation for sales
  • washing, grooming and trimming yearlings to promote their appeal to buyers
  • training yearlings to lead up and stand.

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:

  • types and correct fit of common tack and equipment
  • conditioning, grooming and washing procedures
  • types and purpose of different exercise regimes and equipment
  • hand walking techniques
  • pasture quality and features of stud feeds and supplements
  • yearling feeding and nutrition requirements
  • yearling health and disease management
  • hoof care requirements and techniques.

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 yearlings – note that young horses can be less compliant and highly reactive, and should be assessed as suitable for the experience and skill of the handlers
  • equipment for exercising, washing and grooming
  • feed program for individual yearlings
  • appropriate tack for yearlings and activity
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) applicable for task for handler.

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.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=b75f4b23-54c9-4cc9-a5db-d3502d154103