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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Groom a horse 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244037  Groom a horse 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The persons credited with this unit standard will be able to explain and apply safety procedures when working with horses. They will also be able to follow and carry out a variety of grooming procedures on a horse.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining and applying safety procedures when working with and around horses.
  • Handling a horse for grooming purposes.
  • Explaining and caring for the grooming kit.
  • Cleaning, bathing and grooming a horse.
  • Cleaning and caring for a horse's hooves. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at ABET Level 3 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain and apply safety procedures when working with and around horses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal Protective Clothing is worn according to worksite requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal Protective Clothing will include but not be limited to closed shoes or boots and a hard hat.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The safety procedures which are to be followed when working with and around horses are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of not following safety procedures are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety procedures are applied in accordance with worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Handle a horse for grooming purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods for handling a horse are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Horse handling will follow internationally accepted humane methods.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A halter, head collar and lead rope are identified and their uses explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Halters, head collars and lead rope will include those manufactured from leather, webbing, rope and nylon materials.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A horse is caught and secured using a halter, head collar and lead rope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A horse is led following internationally accepted techniques. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Horse-leading techniques will include walking on left, at the horses shoulder, without tension in the lead rope.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A horse is tethered with the use of a quick release safety knot. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain and care for the grooming kit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The contents of the grooming kit are identified and their uses explained with examples of each. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A list of the items of a standard grooming kit includes but are not limited to:
  • Body brush, dandy brush, water brush, hoof pick, rubber curry comb, metal curry comb, plastic curry comb, mane comb, sponge and stable rubber.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All items of the grooming kit are cared for and cleaned in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Clean, bath and groom a horse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The horse is observed and evaluated to establish the type of cleaning required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The horse is inspected for parasites and injury and the presence of any reported to higher authority. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Parasites include ticks, bot eggs, lice, and mites.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The correct grooming kit items are selected in terms of the grooming which is to be undertaken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Grooming tools are used according to grooming techniques. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    All items of a standard grooming kit must be demonstrated.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Situations when a horse should not be bathed are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The horse is bathed using washing techniques and products according to internationally accepted techniques and manufacturers instructions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Techniques and products will include but not limited to bucket, hose, sponge, and using recommended products.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Clean and care for a horse's hooves. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Horses hooves include both the front and hind hooves. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The horse's hooves are lifted and inspected according to internationally accepted techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Any foot injuries are reported to higher authority according to worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The horse's hooves are cleaned and cared for using the appropriate tools. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reasons for applying hoof care products on horse's hooves are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Hoof care products are applied according to their humane cosmetic uses. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Worksite procedures for the grooming of horses.
  • Internationally accepted techniques for handling and grooming a horse.
  • Tools and items found in a horse grooming kit. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems of fitting the halter, grooming and washing the horse, attending to the external parasites and maintaining the hoof of a horse. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in the process of grooming a horse to ensure effective team work. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when working with horses in terms of grooming, washing, and caring for the hoof of the horse. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information regarding the grooming of a horse. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively in formal and informal situations when talking to other workers and clients about the grooming of horses. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
  • International Standards refers to the standards according to the 'International Group for Equestrian Qualifications'.
  • The legal and regulatory requirements are those sections of the Acts that pertain to the humane use and handling of horses. These are:
    > The Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962.
    > Performing Animals Act 24/35.
    > Power of Seizure Regulation 468 to be read in the Animal Protection Act 71 of 1962.
    > The Veterinary and Para-veterinary Act 19 of 1982. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58493   General Education and Training Certificate: Equine and Equestrian Practices  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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