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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate the welfare of a horse 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335738  Evaluate the welfare of 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 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 
All equine care givers need the ability to evaluate the physiological and mental condition of the horses in their care. Irrespective of what position they hold, all role-players involved in the care and management of horses can be held accountable for the welfare of a horse, even by merely observing cruelty without reacting.

The learner must have the ability to recognise possible cruelty offences and take appropriate action to ensure horses are protected according to government, provincial and municipal legislation as well as agreed codes of practice.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Evaluate the wellbeing of a horse.
  • Determine when horses may be in need of assistance.
  • Report abuse and neglect. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Equine welfare at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Evaluate the wellbeing of a horse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Stable or Shelter conditions are evaluated in accordance with humane, industry practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The behaviour of the horse is evaluated to determine mental wellbeing in accordance with humane, industry practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The physiological condition of the horse is determined according to internationally accepted weight-scoring techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The state of the horse is evaluated in relation to the "5 Freedoms". 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Determine when horses may be in need of assistance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Abuse and neglect is differentiated in given scenarios. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Visible evidence of abuse and neglect for a given situation are evaluated in terms of potential causes and possible solutions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Visible evidence includes, but is not limited to:
  • Disease, parasites, injury and distress.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Steps to be taken when abandonment is identified are described in terms of organizational procedures and legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Unacceptable methods and equipment used to train horses are described in terms of organizational procedures and legislative requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Unacceptable circumstances of working horses are described according to legislative requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Report neglect and abuse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The provisions of legislation pertaining to animal welfare are explained in terms of animal rights and the reporting of abuse of these rights. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislation includes, but is not limited to:
  • Animal Protection Act, Animal improvement Act, Animal identification Act and Animal diseases Act.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The circumstances under which the animal's welfare was compromised are factually recorded in a generally accepted format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role-players in the prosecution process are named and the correct process for reporting is explained in relation to cases of cruelty and neglect. 


    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 relevant extracts of the following:
  • 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. 

  • 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 the neglect and abuse of horses in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community in identifying and reporting abuse and neglect of horses. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in evaluating the welfare of horses and taking the necessary steps to report neglect and abuse of horses. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about horse behaviour in order to take corrective measures to ensure welfare of horses. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in dealing with all internal and external role-players to apply animal protection legislation applicable to the equine industry. 

    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
    Core  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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