This unit applies to those working as horse riding guides or instructors who are also responsible for the care and wellbeing of horses. This may include those working for private horse riding companies or group leaders in school outdoor education programs. It also applies to those intending to pursue a career as an equestrian coach at a regional or State or Territory level who are responsible for observing the performance of horses to determine the required level of training to enhance performance.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.
1. Prepare individual conditioning and training programs.
1.1. Identify and assess the needs and requirements of the horse according to the role the horse will perform
1.2. Identify and assess level of fitness of the horse according to organisational policies and procedures.
1.3. Identify conformation faults and injuries of individual horses in consultation with veterinarians as appropriate.
1.4. Consult with stakeholders to identify and confirm goals of the program according to organisational policies and procedures.
1.5. Design and document conditioning and training programs to optimise the performance of individual horses in consultation with veterinarians.
1.6. Identify and confirm availability of equipment and resources for the program according to organisational policies and procedures.
2. Implement conditioning and training programs.
2.1. Implement training and conditioning methods appropriate to individual horse health and fitness levels.
2.2. Monitor health and welfare of horse according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
2.3. Provide ongoing feedback on progress of horse to stakeholders according to organisational policies and procedures.
2.4. Recognise signs and symptoms of injury and implement appropriate intervention strategies according to organisational policies and procedures.
2.5. Monitor feeding and training regimes to confirm they are appropriate to the individual needs and expected performance requirements of the horse.
2.6. Implement appropriate modifications to the program in response to all variable factors that are monitored.
2.7. Supervise transportation practices to ensure that horses are transported safely where required according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
2.8. Present horses in an industry accepted condition according to industry regulations.
3. Assess training and conditioning program.
3.1. Seek and acknowledge feedback from relevant stakeholders involved in the program.
3.2. Evaluate all relevant components of the program according to identified goals and record outcomes.
3.3. Identify potential areas of improvement of future training and conditioning programs.
communication skills to:
consult with stakeholders and veterinarians to plan a training and conditioning program that meets the needs and performance requirements of horses
convey information about the progress of the horse to stakeholders
problem-solving skills to:
assess needs and potential of a range of horses
design a suitable training and conditioning program to match the horse's performance requirements and stakeholder expectations
monitor and assess different variables which impact upon the performance of horses
modify these in response to monitoring outcomes
planning and organising skills to:
implement and monitor the training and conditioning program
source resources and equipment to support implementation of the program
language and literacy skills to produce and document a plan for the implementation of a training and conditioning program
first aid skills to enable initial response to injury or illness of the horse.
relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures to ensure health and welfare of horses
principles of conditioning horses for different performance requirements to enable the development of appropriate programs
techniques for training and conditioning courses to enable effective design of programs
principles of nutrition of horses during conditioning and training to enhance program outcomes
fitness indicators of individual horses at various stages of a work, training or competition program to enable the design and implementation of appropriate training and conditioning methods
behaviour patterns and characteristics of horses including individual differences in temperament and behaviour
anatomy and physiology of horses to enable understanding of the impact of training and conditioning on various body systems
spelling requirements for horses to promote health and welfare of horse
conformation faults and their implications for recreation and performance horses to enable identification of training and conditioning methods appropriate to those faults
recording requirements for the training, feeding and veterinary care of individual horses
routine and first aid treatments for care of horses, including treatment of common injuries such as muscle and limb soreness.
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:
utilises knowledge of anatomy and physiology and behaviour of horses to assess individual horses capabilities and needs
plans and implements conditioning and training programs to optimise the performance requirements of horses according to their role and environment and relevant regulations
monitors progress of conditioning and training programs and applies effective contingency management techniques to ensure horse's health and welfare and adjusts for individual horses according to differing capabilities and or performance expectations or requirements
encourages and responds to stakeholder feedback and evaluates and reflects on own performance to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improvement.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure planning, implementation and evaluation of training and conditioning programs of sufficient duration and breadth to demonstrate competency and consistency of performance.
Assessment must also ensure access to:
a horse riding establishment
horses of varying physical conditions operating in a variety of roles and at various stages of training
appropriate equipment and resources to implement the training and conditioning program
safety equipment and first aid kit
organisational policies and procedures.
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 assessment of horse's needs and application of planning processes to develop an appropriate training and conditioning plan
oral and or written questioning to assess knowledge of anatomy and physiology of horses and the effects of training and conditioning
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:
SISOEQO408A Determine nutritional requirements for horses.
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.
Needs and requirements may include:
stages of work or training
performance and performance potential
Roles may include:
Organisational policies and procedures may include:
risk management procedures
time and budget constraints
use and maintenance of equipment
first aid procedures
industry rules and regulations
code of ethics.
Level of fitness may include:
capability of horse
condition of horse
current nutritional regime
Conformation faults may include:
head and neck set
hindquarters or hips
front and hind legs.
Injuries may include:
Stakeholders may include:
Conditioning and training programs may include:
feeding and watering regimes
Training and conditioning methods may include:
stimulus response reinforcement.
extended sessions to build fitness
work over challenging country to increase surefootedness
Health and welfare may include:
nutritional and water regimes
monitoring of hoof wear or shoeing maintenance.
Relevant legislation may include:
occupational health and safety
permits or permission for access
Intervention strategies may include:
referral to veterinarian.
Modifications may include:
adjustment to feeding regime
adjustment to training program.
Variable factors may include:
level of fitness and well being of horse
Components may include:
appropriateness of training and conditioning program
availability of resources
This unit contains employability skills.
No licensing, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.