Unit of competency details

AHCHBR101A - Support horse work (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 10/Jun/2011

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DeletedDeleted from AHC10 Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management26/Jun/2016
Supersedes RTE1104A - Support horse workE09/Jun/2011

Training packages that include this unit


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  04/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit covers supporting horse work and defines the standard required to: apply safe work practices including animal welfare; clean housing, equipment and gear; handle and work around horses; assist with the repair and maintenance of features and prepare materials, tools and equipment for work.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies the provision of support to others undertaking the care of horses and the maintenance of horse equipment and housing.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare materials, tools and equipment for horse work

1.1. The required materials, tools and equipment are identified according to lists provided and/or supervisor's instructions.

1.2. Checks are conducted on all materials, tools and equipment with insufficient or faulty items reported to the supervisor.

1.3. Techniques used when loading and unloading materials demonstrate correct manual handling and minimise damage to the load and the vehicle.

1.4. Suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is selected and checked prior to use.

1.5. Work support is provided according to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements, and according to workplace information.

1.6. OHS hazards are identified and reported to the supervisor.

2. Undertake horse work as directed

2.1. Instructions and directions provided by supervisor are followed and clarification sought when necessary.

2.2. Work is undertaken in a safe and environmentally appropriate manner according to enterprise guidelines.

2.3. Horses are handled safely and problems referred to supervisor.

2.4. Horses are checked for feed and water supply and signs of discomfort.

2.5. Enterprise policy and procedures in relation to workplace practices, handling and disposal of materials is observed.

2.6. Problems or difficulties in completing work to required standards or timelines are reported to supervisor.

3. Handle materials and equipment

3.1. Waste material produced during work is stored in a designated area according to supervisor's instructions.

3.2. Materials and equipment are handled and maintained according to supervisor's instructions and enterprise guidelines.

3.3. A clean and safe work site is maintained while working.

4. Clean up on completion of work

4.1. Materials are returned to store or disposed of according to supervisor's instructions.

4.2. Tools and equipment are cleaned, maintained and stored according to manufacturer's specifications and supervisor's instructions.

4.3. Work outcomes are reported to the supervisor.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • follow safety directions
  • prepare materials, tools and equipment for work
  • undertake horse work as directed
  • handle materials and equipment
  • clean up on completion of work
  • use literacy skills to read and follow a range of basic instructions
  • use oral communication skills/language competence to communicate effectively with others
  • use numeracy skills to complete basic calculations
  • use interpersonal skills to work with and relate to people from a range of cultural, social and religious backgrounds.

Required knowledge 

  • safe work practices
  • horse handling techniques
  • horse care
  • tools and equipment
  • repair and maintenance of facilities
  • OHS and animal welfare legislation and enterprise procedures.

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy holistically all of the requirements of the performance criteria and required skills and knowledge and include achievement of the following:

  • apply safe work practices including animal welfare
  • clean housing, equipment and gear
  • handle and work around horses
  • assist with the repair and maintenance of features
  • prepare materials, tools and equipment for work.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Competency requires the application of work practices under work conditions. Selection and use of resources for some worksites may differ due to the regional or enterprise circumstances.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole.

Work may include:

  • assistance with selecting, catching and tying up horses
  • grooming and rugging horses
  • cleaning and maintaining stable gear
  • caring for horses
  • feeding horses
  • loading and unloading goods and materials
  • carrying out routine maintenance on buildings, roads, troughs, fences
  • cleaning yards, sheds, fixtures and fittings.

Tools and equipment may include:

  • saddles
  • ropes
  • reins
  • breastplates
  • martingales
  • bridles
  • cruppers
  • saddle bags
  • headstalls
  • saddle cloths
  • feeders
  • leads and rugs
  • brushes and combs
  • clippers
  • bot knife
  • scrapers
  • soap
  • hoof picks
  • knives
  • rasps
  • pincers
  • brushes
  • hoof dressings.

Hazards may include:

  • solar radiation
  • dust
  • noise
  • air- and soil-borne micro-organisms
  • chemicals and hazardous substances
  • sharp hand tools and equipment
  • manual handling
  • holes
  • slippery and uneven surfaces.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Horse breeding

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field 

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