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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct a horse trail of up to one day 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335726  Conduct a horse trail of up to one day 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 learner achieving this unit standard in combination with other relevant guiding standards will be able to conduct a limited guided experience on horseback for up to one day (provided that staff to client ratio does not exceed 1 to 6) or to assist a Ride Leader on longer rides. The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to practice as an Assistant Ride Leader in a horse trail operation as a tourist guide in situations that require this level of competency.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Conducting a guided horse trail.
  • Managing rest stops during the trail.
  • Concluding the horse trail. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Develop riding proficiency at NQF Level 4.
  • Prepare horse and client for trail ride of up to one day at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Conduct a guided horse trail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The destination is determined and progress maintained according to experience of riders and terrain to ensure minimum stress or discomfort to riders and horses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Group dynamics are monitored continually to determine mental and physical comfort of riders and horses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Mental or physical discomfort of riders and horses are alleviated in accordance with safety requirements and worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hazardous situations or actions related to riders and horses are identified and managed in accordance with safety requirements and worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazards include, but are not limited to:
  • Unsafe actions by riders, lack of confidence with horse, misbehaving horse, other horses misbehaving; environmental hazards and obstacles.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Motivation and instructions to the group are provided in relation to group dynamics and the context of the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Management of emergency situations are explained in accordance with safety and worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Manage rest stops during the trail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Dismounting of riders are supervised to maintain comfort and safety of riders and horses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Horses are restrained and saddlery is managed in accordance with safety and worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Rider and horse comfort requirements are attended to according to worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Rider requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Refreshments, smoking, water safety [drinking, swimming], ablution facilities, rest and rubbish disposal.

    Horse requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Feed, water, rest and protection from adverse weather.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Preparation to resume the trail is completed for riders and horses in accordance with worksite procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conclude the horse trail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Dismounting is supervised and rider debriefing is carried out in accordance with worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Debriefing aspects includes, but are not limited to:
  • Management of discomfort or injury, return business, procedures for complaints and farewell.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Horses are tended and trail gear is accounted for in accordance with worksite procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documentation is completed according to legislative requirements and worksite procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Documentation includes, but is not limited to:
  • Incident report and log book.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the Unit Standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain the following:
  • Group dynamics.
  • Signs of stress and discomfort to the horse and rider.
  • Hazardous situations.
  • How to manage emergency situations.
  • How to manage rest stops.
  • How to debrief a rider.
  • Management of equipment.
  • How to complete relevant documentation. 

  • 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 horse on a trail. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others during trail by monitoring group dynamics and providing stress relief when required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly by planning the route and destination to suit the requirements of the relevant group. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyze and critically collecting and evaluate information pertaining to the riders on the trail and making relevant decisions regarding their safety and comfort. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with riders by indicating procedures to follow on the trail. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  71469   Further Education and Training Certificate: Equine Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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.
     
    NONE 



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