Determine foot care and shoeing plans for horses

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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify the anatomical components of the horse of specific relevance to farriers

1.1. Basic features of horse anatomy are specified, in particular anatomical features of the lower limb and foot of the horse.

1.2. Basic functions of the foot with specific applicability to farriery are identified, in particular biomechanical functions of components of the lower limb and foot.

1.3. Differences between ideal and undesirable feet in determining shoeing needs are identified.

1.4. General principles of foot care for horses are identified, and specifically symptoms of malformation, injury and disease of the foot.

2. Develop an appropriate foot care and shoeing program for the horse

2.1. Type of work to be done by the horse is appraised, with reference to its gait, conformation and way of going.

2.2. An examination of the feet and of wear patterns of existing shoes is conducted in order to assess thecondition of the feet.

2.3. Personal responsibilities of the farrier are identified under relevant legislation and codes of practice.

2.4. Relevant features of the horse and its health are reported to the owner, and to a veterinarian, as applicable.

2.5. Agreement on foot care and shoeing plan is discussed with, and obtained from, the owner or person in charge of the horse.

2.6. Advice on routine and preventative hoof care is provided, and applied.

2.7. Records on each horse are maintained as required by the enterprise.

3. Provide non-veterinarian horse health care under routine circumstances

3.1. Symptoms of common ailments of the horse are identified.

3.2. Appropriate action is taken when malformation, injury and disease are suspected.

3.3. Appropriate non-veterinarian treatments are advised, or applied, under routine circumstances.

4. Apply disease and ailment prevention procedures to single or groups of horses

4.1. Principles that apply to isolation and quarantine of infection are identified.

4.2. Defined procedures are followed in regard to notifiable diseases and the maintenance of biosecurity.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMFAR308A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM30510 - Certificate III in Farriery