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Demonstrate basic horse riding skills

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: June 2019

This unit applies to those working as assistant horse riding leaders in a controlled environment, such as a riding school, arena or on a suitable trail. This unit may also apply to those working as yard staff in charge of horse care or those working for private companies who offer riding activities, tours and trail rides.

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to participate in horse riding activities. This unit focuses on the demonstration of basic horse riding skills through the participation in supervised horse riding activities in controlled conditions

No licensing, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

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Evidence Required

List the assessment methods to be used and the context and resources required for assessment. Copy and paste the relevant sections from the evidence guide below and then re-write these in plain English.

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

Evidence of the following is essential:

applies relevant process to select and fit appropriate tack and personal equipment so that it is safe and comfortable

takes measures to develop control of the horse through the use of horse psychology, consistent positive body language and movement to communicate with the horse giving it appropriate instructions

follows written and verbal instructions from the instructor to accurately apply knowledge and demonstrate required movements, techniques and control over the horse

modifies technique according to group and individual riding, and applies safe horse handling techniques to avoid hazards where possible

maintains safe zones in group riding

evaluates and reflects on own riding to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improvement.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure participation in horse riding sessions that are of a sufficient duration to allow the participant to demonstrate competency and consistency of performance.

Assessment must also ensure access to:

resources, such as information on horse riding equipment, possible horse behaviour and basic riding techniques

a suitable location, such as a suitable track for a trail ride or a commercial riding school,

quiet and reasonably tractable horses in a recreational or training program

equipment such as halters, ropes, saddles, bridles, helmets, suitable clothing and boots

a qualified instructor.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

observation of equipment selection and preparation, to ensure proper fit and usage

oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of safety aspects and horse handling techniques

observation of safe participation and demonstration of correct technique while maintaining control of the horse at all times

third-party reports from a supervisor detailing performance.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

RTE2130A Ride and care for horses and equipment.

Guidance information for assessment

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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Required skills

communication skills to interact with supervisor, other riders and the horse, to maintain a positive and safe riding environment

listening skills to follow instructions and directions from the supervisor

horse handling and care skills to look after the horse

horse riding techniques to control horse in a safe and effective manner under controlled conditions

first aid and emergency response skills appropriate to the location to enable initial response to emergencies and personal health care.

Required knowledge

relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable the safe conduct of all activities

selection, use and set up of horse riding tack and equipment, such as bridles and saddles, to enable safe riding

social behaviour, psychology and vices of horses to recognise and treat individual temperaments and behaviours

gaits of horses, such as walking, trotting and cantering in all directions

horse handling techniques and movements for basic horse riding, such as turns and halts

safe zones for riding in a group to enable safe participation in horse riding activity

basic weather and environmental information to ascertain possible conditions and their affect on the ride

emergency procedures appropriate to the level and location to ensure risk minimisation to self and group.

safe ascent and descent and negotiation of obstacles on a trail or within a horse-riding activity

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Hazards may include:

temperature extremes

slippery or unstable terrain

dangerous animals and insects

stinging trees and nettles

dense vegetation

group management hazards.

Risks may include:


heat exhaustion



lost party or party member

equipment failure.

Relevant sources may include:

Bureau of Meteorology


local knowledge

Weather and environmental information may include:

satellite images

daily and weekly forecasts

maximum and minimum temperatures

weather warnings

event warnings

river levels

synoptic charts

high and low tide predictions.

Controlled conditions may include:

under supervision

minimal environmental hazards and obstacles

good weather conditions

quiet and reasonably tractable horses

reasonable level terrain.

Relevant legislation may include:

occupational health and safety

permits and permission for access

environmental regulations.

Organisational policies and procedures may include:

occupational health and safety

use and maintenance of equipment

communication protocols

emergency procedures

code of ethics.

Tack may include:





hoof picks


saddle cloths







paddock or other rugs

Personal equipment may include:




Contextual issues may include:

weather extremes

slippery or unstable terrain

dangerous animals and insects

stinging trees and nettles

dense vegetation

group management hazards

Mount may include:

from the ground

using a mounting block.

Gaits may include:




Aids may include:





Required movements may include:






figures of eight

riding towards and away from the group.

riding up and down hills

riding through creeks and rivers

negotiation of obstacles such as trees, rocks or cliffs

Safety requirements may include:







keeping distance from other horses




cooling down horse


releasing horse to paddock or stall.

Relevant aspects may include:


planning process

activity site


equipment selection

clothing selection

food selection

instructional content

instructional technique

assessment technique

group feedback

directing techniques

rescue techniques employed.

Copy and paste from the following performance criteria to create an observation checklist for each task. When you have finished writing your assessment tool every one of these must have been addressed, preferably several times in a variety of contexts. To ensure this occurs download the assessment matrix for the unit; enter each assessment task as a column header and place check marks against each performance criteria that task addresses.

Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Identify possible hazards and risks associated with the horse riding activity. 
Access relevant sources to interpret weather and environmental information and ascertain possible impact on the ride. 
Select a suitable arena in controlled conditions that comply with relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures. 
Select tack and personal equipment after consideration of contextual issues, and check that it is in good working condition. 
Assess horse for safety and suitability for the activity 
Catch and lead horse tether, and tack up in a safe and appropriate manner. 
Demonstrate quick release knot. 
Fit and correctly adjust tack and personal equipment, suitable for the rider and horse. 
Adjust tack and personal equipment as necessary to fit the rider comfortably. 
Mount horse in a safe and balanced manner. 
Ride horse through gaits in a balanced and calm manner. 
Use recognised aids appropriate to the training of the horse. 
Ride horse in a group and alone, through a variety of required movements in a confident fashion. 
Control the horse at all times and approach hazards appropriately and creatively to reduce their impact. 
Dismount and lead the horse safely. 
Cool the horse down as necessary. 
Remove equipment, check for wear or breakage, and store in an appropriate manner. 
Release horse according to safety requirements. 
Evaluate relevant aspects of the ride. 
Identify improvements for future rides. 


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