Manage equine nutrition

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCPHR504, 'Manage equine nutrition'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Determine the nutritional requirements of horses

1.1 Identify credible sources of information on equine nutrition relevant to enterprise needs including scientific and technical literature, historical records and industry practice information

1.2 Analyse research findings to determine credibility, relevance and currency of information

1.3 Determine the nutritional needs of horses of various classes based on research findings relevant to enterprise requirements

1.4 Apply relevant research findings to the management of enterprise nutrition practices

2. Manage ingredients for horse rations

2.1 Identify suitable nutrients for inclusion in an equine diet according to the individual needs of each horse, availability, quality and cost

2.2 Organise for laboratory testing to determine the quality and quantities of ingredients required for ration formulation

2.3 Implement safe, secure and hygienic storage of feed and ingredients

2.4 Calibrate measuring equipment and calculate quantities at regular intervals

3. Formulate and modify effective feeding plans, rations and methods

3.1 Develop a feeding plan to supply nutritional requirements to meet appropriate horse condition, performance and health outcomes

3.2 Formulate rations on the basis of identified nutritional requirements, digestive physiology and anatomy, and availability of feedstuffs

3.3 Implement feeding methods and techniques to support natural feeding behaviours

3.4 Adapt feeding plan to respond to variations in nutritional requirements and seasonal conditions

3.5 Apply a cost-effective approach to sourcing and supplying required nutrients

3.6 Assess and manage the environmental impacts of supplying feedstuffs

4. Monitor and manage the feeding of horses

4.1 Supply rations to horses according to enterprise schedules and requirements

4.2 Ensure feeding records and feed orders are maintained, monitored and prepared according to enterprise requirements

4.3 Monitor the implementation of the program using appropriate measures to ensure the goals of the feeding plan are achieved

4.4 Monitor and document reactions to changes in feed types, ingredients or schedules

4.5 Develop and implement a plan to manage documented adverse reactions to rations

4.6 Monitor, review and record the feeding plan and implement improvements and adjustments as required

5. Evaluate health implications of feeding plans, rations and methods

5.1 Monitor the health of horses for signs of inadequate nutrition or nutrition-related diseases

5.2 Research and implement solutions for identified nutrition-related health problems and seek veterinarian or professional advice where necessary

5.3 Implement alternative feed regimes, diets or methods to counter the effects of poor nutrition

5.4 Implement strategies to prevent the development of nutrition-related diseases

6. Manage pasture for horses

6.1 Identify and select pasture species on the basis of nutritional value, persistence under grazing by horses and environmental requirements

6.2 Identify the deleterious effects of pasture species for various classes of horses and develop a management strategy to ensure herd health

6.3 Identify and remove plants poisonous to horses from pastures and areas accessed by horses

6.4 Develop and implement a pasture management plan to maximise nutritional value, minimise negative health impacts and minimise negative environmental impact