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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop riding proficiency and basic schooling of horses 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
265055  Develop riding proficiency and basic schooling of horses 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 
This Unit Standard is for people who wish to apply riding proficiency on trained and novice horses and ride in a competent manner according to acceptable international standards.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Understand the importance of and apply an independent seat; schooling and bringing on novice horses. They will also be capable of being in control of a horse on the road and leading a group of riders in the country side.

    Learner accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating and maintaining an independent seat at all paces on a trained horse.
    > Range: Walk, trot, canter and gallop.
  • Demonstrate the ability of bringing on, exercising and schooling a horse.
  • Explaining and demonstrating a jumping seat.
    > Range: Obstacles are limited to ones up to 85cm in height.
  • Demonstrating the ability to lead a group of riders in the countryside. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Equine handling at NQF Levels 1 and 2.
  • Riding Proficiency at NQF Levels 1and 2.
  • Equine Welfare at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate and maintain an independent seat at all paces on a trained horse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sitting trot is demonstrated in the saddle without using the stirrups. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The seat at the canter is demonstrated in the saddle without using the stirrups. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Riding at a gallop in the saddle is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Basic schooling and bringing on of horses is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of basic schooling of horses are explained in a chronological order. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Effective schooling and exercise movements are demonstrated on a trained horse in an enclosed area. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Schooling and exercise movements includes shoulder-in; serpentines; circles; upward and downward transitions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The way of going of the horse is assessed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A training programme for the horse assessed is described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A training programme includes but not limited to suggested exercises and timeframe.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain and demonstrate a jumping seat. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The method of the jumping seat is explained in a chronological manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A jumping seat is demonstrated according to internationally accepted standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Risks associated with not applying the jumping seat are identified and mitigated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Riding over 85cm jumps is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Lead a group of riders in the countryside. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Leading a group of riders in the countryside is explained in a chronological way according to international accepted standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of not leading a group of riders in a safe and efficient manner are explained in a given case study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Remedial techniques to be applied when faced with dangerous situations when leading a ride in the open are explained with examples. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed, (including 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 an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must hold a minimum of NQF Level 5 Qualification in the equestrian field.
  • 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 an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant Qualification and ETQA guidelines. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential Embedded Knowledge is reflected within the Assessment Criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to mounting, riding and dismounting a trained or novice horse in an enclosed and open area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others during the mounting, riding and dismounting of a trained or novice horse in and out of an enclosed area to ensure safety is followed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while mounting, riding and dismounting a trained or novice horse in an enclosed and open areas. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and critically collecting and evaluate information regarding the behavior of the horse before mounting, riding and dismounting in and out of an enclosed area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with the horse by using the correct directive terminology and aids. 

    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 accepted standards refer to the standards according to the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications.

    The legal and regulatory requirements are those sections of the Acts that relates to the humane handling of horses. They are:
  • The animal Protection Act 71 of 1962.
  • Performing Animals Act 24 of 1935.
  • The Veterinary and Para-veterinary Act 19 of 1982.
  • Power of Seizure Regulation 468 as contained I the animal Protection Act 71 of 1962. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  67589   National Certificate: Equine Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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