Unit of competency details

ACMPHR304 - Ride and lead performance 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 
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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 covers the skills and knowledge required to exercise performance horses under saddle. It involves preparing horses for exercise, riding a horse and leading one or two other horses for exercise while riding, and caring for the horses after work. It addresses potential risks associated with working with and around horses and covers appropriate riding skills, safe horse handling techniques and the use of suitable personal safety equipment.

The unit applies to individuals who are experienced riders and work in performance horse industry sectors in a range of environments. They carry out work under minimal supervision within industry guidelines and may have responsibility for highly valuable animals.

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:

  • ACMEQU206 Perform basic horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter.

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

Unit of competency 

Prerequisite requirement 

ACMEQU206 Perform basic horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter

ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely

ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely

ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

Unit Sector

Performance Horses (PHR)

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 to exercise horses

1.1 Confirm with supervisor work program for selected horses

1.2 Select, check and maintain equipment according to workplace procedures

1.3 Check for hazards, carry out a pre-activity risk assessment and adjust work plan

1.4 Select, use and maintain suitable personal protective equipment (PPE)

1.5 Identify individual horse behaviours and suitability to task

1.6 Follow stable routine for preparing horses for exercise

1.7 Fit working gear to horses according to instructions

2. Ride and lead horses for exercise

2.1 Hold reins according to industry standard

2.2 Maintain control of horse being ridden in walk, trot and canter

2.3 Maintain control of horse being ridden and horse being led in walk, trot and canter

2.4 Establish correct positioning of horses being ridden and led

2.5 Detect gait issues under saddle, and report according to workplace guidelines

2.6 Implement work according to instructions

2.7 Comply with relevant rules and regulations, including work health and safety (WHS) and animal welfare

3. Care for horses after work

3.1 Cool down and care for horses as instructed

3.2 Remove working gear, clean, check for signs of wear, and store

3.3 Report on work performance according to workplace guidelines

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 

Reading

  • Interpret textual information relating to workplace procedures, instructions and work plan

Navigate the world of work

  • Follow workplace, safety and animal welfare requirements and meet expectations relating to own role and area of responsibility

Interact with others

  • Follow accepted practices and protocols for reporting information about horse work performance using accurate industry terminology

Get the work done

  • Plan and sequence activities to achieve required exercise outcomes for performance horses
  • Make decisions about routine exercise activities and gear selection, taking responsibility for actions taken
  • Apply standard procedures for identifying and controlling hazards and risks related to own work area and role

Unit Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

ACMPHR304 Ride and lead performance 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 must satisfy all the elements and performance criteria of this unit.

There must be evidence that the individual has ridden and led compliant and manageable performance horses on at least three separate occasions, during which the following points have been demonstrated:

  • conducting a pre-activity risk assessment relevant to riding and leading performance horses
  • using safe horse handling procedures
  • wearing and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • selecting, fitting and applying working gear and equipment for nominated horses
  • applying required warm up methods to horses according to animal welfare requirements
  • applying industry-accepted riding and leading techniques:
  • maintaining correct rein position
  • controlling horse under saddle at all times and maintaining appropriate gait
  • controlling horse being led at the walk and trot
  • maintaining correct positioning of horses
  • identifying lameness and recognising signs of fatigue
  • caring for horses after the work, including grooming and cool down activities according to animal welfare requirements
  • cleaning, checking and storing equipment
  • identifying and reporting information following work on:
  • horse behaviour
  • problems encountered
  • physical response to exercise
  • complying with workplace procedures and relevant legislation, rules and regulations:
  • work health and safety (WHS)
  • animal welfare and biosecurity.

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:

  • process for horse identification
  • safety provisions for horses and riders:
  • identifying and controlling risks and hazards associated with riding and leading performance horses
  • stable routines for preparing horses for work
  • warm up and cool down routines
  • key features of relevant rules and guidelines:
  • work health and safety
  • animal welfare
  • biosecurity
  • environmental safety
  • safe horse handling and riding techniques, including:
  • responses to horses becoming over-excited
  • positioning of horses relative to each other during exercise
  • industry practice for use of reins
  • types and purpose of personal protective equipment (PPE) required for riding and leading performance horses
  • types and purpose of gear for exercising horses
  • characteristics of horse gaits.

Assessment Conditions

Assessment of skills must take place under the following conditions:

  • physical conditions:
  • a workplace or an environment that is hazard-free and suitable for riding and leading horses, and that accurately represents workplace conditions
  • resources, equipment and materials:
  • various live, suitably educated, compliant and manageable horses assessed as suitable for the experience and skill of the individual, where led horses are accustomed to being led off horseback individually and in multiples and ridden horses are trained to lead other horses
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly fitted and applicable to activity for the individual
  • appropriate tack for individual, horse and exercise activity
  • specifications:
  • workplace procedures, instructions and work program for horses.

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

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