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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of equine feeding and nutrition 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
265078  Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of equine feeding and nutrition 
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 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 the elements of equine feeding and nutrition and understanding features and functions of each part of the digestive tract; formulate a feeding regime for individual equine requirements; and feed the equine as well as identify feeding problems.

    Learner accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating knowledge of equine feed types.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the equine digestive system and feed related diseases.
  • Developing diet for a specific equine.
  • Displaying basic knowledge of poisonous substances and identifying feeding problems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication, at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy, at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Organise and monitor the feeding and watering of equines, at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrating knowledge of equine feed types. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Types of feed are named with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Essential nutrients of various feeds are named and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of a lack of nutrients are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Understand the requirements of a balanced diet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Understand consequences of not feeding a balanced diet. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Including but not limited to malnutrition and obesity.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of absorption and utilization of nutrients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Explain site of absorption of essential nutrients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Explain the utilization of fibre in an equine diet. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Complications caused by incorrect dietary compositions are listed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Complications include but are not limited to allergic reaction, condition, laminitis and colic.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Understand the equine digestive system and basic essential nutrients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The passage of food through the digestive tract is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Features of the digestive tract are described in relation to the practical feeding of an equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The cause of feed related colic is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cause of laminitis and allergic reactions related to feeding is explained in a given case study. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop a diet for a specific equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ability to analyse the equine's dietary needs is demonstrated in a given case study. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Dietary needs include but are not limited to age, temperament and work load, condition and breed type.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A feeding regime for individual equine requirements is formulated and diet sheet designed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ability to recognize signs of deficiency of essential nutrients is determined and corrective action taken. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Displaying basic knowledge of poisonous substances and identify feeding problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Substances toxic to equines are recognized and named. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Substances include herbicides, pesticides, cleaning agents and topical medications.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Health problems associated with feeding are identified and a course of action taken which is best suited for the particular equine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Management techniques of diet in the case of a sick equine 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 level 4 qualification in the equine field.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this US 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 feeding and nutrition. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team when feeding or planning a diet for an equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while attending to nutritional requirement of an equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with colleagues and other team members in dealing with equine feeding and nutritional requirements. 

    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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