Unit of competency details

ACMPHR401 - Interpret equine behaviour (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 29/Nov/2017

Usage recommendation:
Current

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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 interpret and apply knowledge of equine ethology, cognition and learning and apply these to ensure that the behavioural needs and welfare of horses are met while maintaining a safe working environment for staff and clients.

The unit applies to individuals who have an independent or management role in the performance horse industry, and require a detailed understanding of the behavioural and ethological needs of horses to make management decisions for housing, transporting and/or training horses. It applies to all horse breeds, ages and intended uses and environments, including breeding operations, riding schools, training establishments, trail riding centres and agistment centres.

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

Nil

Unit Sector

Performance Horse (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. Investigate equine behaviour and the implications for management, handling and training

1.1 Compare and contrast differences and similarities between the behaviour of domestic horses and free-living horses

1.2 Determine the management implications of meeting innate equine behavioural needs

1.3 Identify unwanted problem behaviours in horses, including likely causes, treatment and prevention

1.4 Investigate evidence-based theories of equine learning, cognition and ethology and their application to the training and management of horses

1.5 Develop a strategy to communicate information about the behavioural problems of individual horses to workers and clients

1.6 Reinforce safe horse handling techniques and the risks associated working with and around horses to workers and clients

2. Apply knowledge of equine behaviour

2.1 Research current knowledge of equine cognition, ethology and learning relevant to the training and management of horses

2.2 Analyse and apply knowledge of equine cognition, ethology and learning to specific training methods, systems and techniques

2.3 Develop a plan to modify the behaviour of a horse to perform a specific task using knowledge of equine cognition and learning

3. Improve the welfare of horses using knowledge of horse behaviour

3.1 Analyse regulations and codes of practice that relate to the welfare of horses, and review current practices for compliance

3.2 Evaluate property and/or stable layout and the implications for horse behaviour and welfare

3.3 Plan and implement methods for housing horses in stables and paddocks that meet or exceed minimum welfare requirements and allow for behavioural needs

3.4 Evaluate management techniques against their impact on the welfare and behaviour of horses

3.5 Adjust staff policy and procedures to accommodate horse behaviour

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

  • Access information from a range of sources to research equine behaviour
  • Interpret textual information to identify and select key information about equine behaviour relevant to horse welfare and work operations

Writing

  • Document research findings in a logically sequenced format relevant to work environment purpose and need

Oral communication

  • Use tone and language suitable for audience to effectively communicate safety issues relating to horse behaviour and handling

Navigate the world of work

  • Recognise the impact of understanding equine behaviour to improve horse welfare and work environment, including promotion of safety around horses

Interact with others

  • Collaborate with others contributing knowledge and skills to assist with interpreting equine behaviour

Get the work done

  • Sequence and organise information to achieve improvements to the welfare of horses in the work environment
  • Analyse problems and risks relevant to equine behaviour in the work environment and devise strategies or plans to address
  • Use familiar digital systems and tools to access, analyse and present information relevant to role and work area

Unit Mapping Information

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Comments 

Equivalence status 

ACMPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour

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, on at least one occasion, the individual has:

  • researched current information about:
  • equine cognition, ethology, behaviour and learning
  • current regulations and codes of practice relating to horse welfare and behaviour and work health and safety (WHS)
  • accurately interpreted equine behaviour including body language, vocalisation, locomotory behaviour and interactions with other horses
  • developed and implemented a strategy or plan to:
  • communicate information about the behavioural problems of individual horses to workers and clients
  • apply knowledge of equine behaviour and research findings to manage horse handling, training, transport, housing and/or husbandry
  • apply knowledge of equine cognition and learning to modify the behaviour of a horse to perform a specific task
  • apply knowledge of equine behaviour, animal welfare and WHS practices and legislative requirements to staff policies and procedures and work operations.

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:

  • the evolutionary basis of horse behaviour and its impact on the behavioural needs of horses
  • the behavioural needs and patterns of domestic horses, including:
  • handled and unhandled horses
  • herd behaviour
  • current research in equine cognition, ethology, behaviour and learning
  • the application of research to the management, handling, housing and training of horses
  • the effect of the environment, housing, handling , training and management decisions on the behaviour and welfare of horses
  • work health and safety (WHS) standards, policies and procedures relevant to workplace and legislative requirements
  • animal welfare standards, policies and procedures relevant to workplace and legislative requirements.

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:
  • access to live horses to observe behaviour
  • technology to access information, and/or sources of current information on equine behaviour
  • specifications:
  • workplace and staff policies and procedures in which to add equine behaviour.

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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