This unit applies to those working as horse riding guides or instructors who are also responsible for the training and wellbeing of horses. This may include those working for private horse riding companies or group leaders in school outdoor education programs.
SISOEQO409A Train and condition horses
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. Assess the education needs of horses.
1.1. Assess individual education needs of horses in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.2. Source and evaluate suitable education programs as required.
1.3. Assess horse's behaviour according to safety requirements of the organisation and riding program.
2. Monitor and modify the education of horses.
2.1. Design, document and implement education programs for horses.
2.2. Train horses to behave according to requirements of the organisation, relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
2.3. Identify and use appropriate gear and techniques to modify behaviour of horses according to organisational policies and procedures.
2.4. Supervise and monitor horse's progress in consultation with appropriate personnel.
2.5. Evaluate and record progress of the horse at various stages of the education phase.
2.6. Make adjustments to the training program as required.
3. Evaluate the education program.
3.1. Evaluate relevant aspects of education program.
3.2. Identify potential areas of improvement for future horse education programs.
3.3. Review own performance and identify potential improvements.
communication skills to consult with relevant personnel in relation to horse's training needs and progress
problem-solving skills to:
design training programs to meet organisational program needs
modify programs in response to feedback
planning and organising skills to design, implement and monitor appropriate education programs within operational timelines
language and literacy skills to document and adjust a training program and record progress.
riding at an advanced level of communication with the horse in a chosen discipline
relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable the safe, effective and humane training of horses
usual behaviour, vices and undesirable traits of horses, and the identification of appropriate behaviour modification and corrective practices and procedures to enable effective and humane training of horses
housing, welfare and care requirements of horses in work and training to enable training programs to produce successful outcomes
routine and first aid treatments for care of horses to enable appropriate responses during training
recording requirements for the education, feeding and veterinary care of individual horses to ensure quality training
horse training and education principles to enable effective training outcomes
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 knowledge of horse handling and behaviour to train horses using appropriate techniques
monitors horse's progress and performance to ensure horse's health and welfare, makes appropriate adjustments to the training program and provides feedback to appropriate personnel
applies effective contingency management techniques to ensure horse's health and welfare at all times.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure assessment of training needs of multiple horses to design and monitor education 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 education program
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 education needs and application of planning processes to develop an appropriate education program
oral and or written questioning to assess knowledge of behaviour of horses and the effects of training
portfolio of training plans and progress records for horses
third-party reports from a supervisor detailing performance.
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.
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.
Organisational policies and procedures may include:
occupational health and safety
time and budget constraints
industry rules and regulations
code of ethics.
Relevant legislation may include:
occupational health and safety
Appropriate personnel may include:
guides and instructors.
Education programs may include:
developing trust and confidence.
Appropriate gear may include:
Relevant aspects may include:
rescue techniques employed
This unit contains employability skills.
No licensing, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.