Unit of competency details

ACMHBR407 - Educate stallions (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
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 manage stallion behaviour for breeding, including fitting equipment and training for reproductive activities.

The unit applies to individuals who are experienced working with horses, including stallions, and who use specialised horse breeding knowledge and skills. They 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

The prerequisite unit of competency for this unit is:

  • ACMHBR403 Handle and care for stallions.

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

Unit of competency 

Prerequisite requirement 

ACMHBR403 Handle and care for stallions

ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely

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. Select and fit equipment

1.1 Carry out a risk assessment for all activities working with stallions, and take action to control risks

1.2 Prepare and check condition of handling equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE)

1.3 Fit stallion with halter, or halter and bit or chain, and lead rope using safe horse handling techniques within safe working zones

1.4 Calmly and quietly groom stallions

1.5 Observe and note stallion characteristics and behaviour when working

2. Work with and train a stallion

2.1 Handle stallion safely according to workplace practices and duty of care to those nearby

2.2 Teach stallion to respect bit or chain

2.3 Lead and control stallions without mares in proximity

3. Work with stallion during breeding season

3.1 Establish a routine that makes being with handler a calm and quiet place to be

3.2 Ensure the serving area is safe for handlers and horses, including informing others of breeding or collection activity to keep activity at a minimum

3.3 Communicate information clearly about covering process to other team members

3.4 Introduce stallion to mare

3.5 Teach stallion only to mount when both the mare (or dummy) and stallion are ready

3.6 Teach stallion to allow penis to be touched to assist in penetration of vagina or artificial vagina according to workplace practices

3.7 Teach stallion to back away from mare once ejaculated, and return to yard or stable

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.




  • Record observations and notes accurately and legibly about stallion and mare mating behaviour and preferences

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 in educating stallions for breeding

Get the work done

  • Plan and sequence tasks; monitoring risks and progress and adjusting activities to achieve outcomes

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous version 


Equivalence status 

ACMHBR407 Educate stallions

Not applicable

New unit

No equivalent unit


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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 educated a stallion for breeding activities during at least one breeding season, including:

  • establishing calm routines with young stallion
  • fitting halter, bit or chain to stallion
  • leading stallion to and from breeding area
  • assisting stallion to penetrate mare or artificial vagina
  • recognising when a stallion has ejaculated
  • retaining control of stallion whilst preparing to serve, during service and post-service.

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 of stallion education, including:
  • basics of horse learning theory
  • stimuli that can impact horse behaviour, including visual, smell, auditory and touch
  • types and purpose of halters, bits, chains, lead ropes, anti-rearing bits, and importance of maintaining in good condition
  • requirements of pre-teasing prior to mounting
  • stallion breeding season behaviour and sex drive
  • identifying specific hazards and risks when handling working stallions and serving mares, including:
  • safe mating areas, including teasing rails and other equipment or restraints
  • horse behaviour and body language
  • safe horse handling techniques
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) required when working with stallions and serving mares
  • animal welfare principles and practices.

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:
  • at least one live stallion note that stallions can be less compliant and highly reactive, and should be assessed as suitable for the experience and skill of the individual
  • appropriate tack and equipment for controlling stallion
  • PPE correctly fitted and applicable to activity for the individual
  • specifications:
  • work instructions and recording documentation.

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.


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