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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of Equine Hoof Care 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
265056  Demonstrate an understanding of Equine Hoof Care 
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 
Learners credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of caring for the equine hoof and understanding the shoeing process; recognition of condition of the shod and unshod equine hoof; problems and a basic awareness of corrective shoeing.

Learner accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Understanding the anatomy of the equine's hoof.
  • Recognizing the condition of the shod and unshod equine hoof and related hoof problems.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of equine shoes and the shoeing processes. 

  • 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 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Restrain an equine at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand the anatomy of the equine hoof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The structure, function and condition of the equine's hoof is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The difference between desirable and undesirable conformation of the hoof is explained in a given comparative case study. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Conformation includes but is not limited to; toe-in, toed out, boxy, splayed, flat-footed, contracted heels and under run heels.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The causes of limb interference are explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to brushing, interfering, forging, dishing, plaiting, overreaching and speedy cutting.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Recognize common problems of the shod and unshod equine hoof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hoof problems are identified in terms of probable cause and location on the equine hoof. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hoof problems include but are not limited to bruising, punctured sole, thrush, pricked hoof, corns, sand cracks, grass cracks and seedy toe.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic corrective shoes are identified and their purposes explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corrective shoes including but not limited to bar shoes, wedged, medical and reversed.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant hoof care products are identified and applied according to manufacturer's instructions and humane internationally accepted procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Consequences of not addressing hoof problems are discussed with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of equine shoes and the shoeing processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between hot and cold shoeing is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equine shoes and accessories in common use are identified from a selection of samples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Shoes and accessories include but are not limited to bar shoes, flat, fulled, feathered, alumites, clips and studs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Shoeing procedure is described in terms of removal, preparation and trimming, fitting, nailing on, and finishing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Short term problems resulting from incorrect shoeing are identified and listed with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Problems resulting from incorrect shoeing include but are not limited nail bind, nail prick, corns and lameness.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A well shod hoof is described according to internationally accepted standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Basic farriery tools are identified and their purposes are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Farriery tools including but not limited to hoof knife, rasp, shoe puller, nail puller, clinches, shoeing hammer, anvil, snips and buffer.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The process of removing a shoe in an emergency is described according to internationally accepted procedures. 


    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 4 qualification in the equine field.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standards 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 will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in a responsible manner using critical and creative thinking in making decisions relating to equine hoof care and shoeing. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team when shoeing an equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while shoeing an equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with colleagues and other team members in hoof care related ailments to the Farrier or Veterinarian. 

    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 equines. They are:
  • The Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962.
  • The Performing Animals Protection Act 24/35.
  • The Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act 19 of 1982.
  • Powers of Seizure Regulation 468 as contained in the Animals 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
    Core  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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