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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Care for a foal from birth to weaning 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335744  Care for a foal from birth to weaning 
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 credited with this unit standard will be able to care for a foal from birth to weaning.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Teaching a foal to accept a halter and lead.
  • Implementing a health care programme for a foal.
  • Feeding a foal to obtain maximum growth potential. 

  • 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 
    Teach a foal to accept a halter and lead. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The foal is restrained to familiarise it to being handled according to standard stud farm practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The foal is restrained in a halter and taught to obey commands according to standard stud farm practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Commands include, but are not limited to: walk, halt, turn, walk through gates, walk into stable, walk into crush and lift feet.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods to encourage an unresponsive foal to remain calm whilst being led are used according to standard stud farm practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods include, but is not limited to:
  • Tail rope and helper.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Implement a health care programme for a foal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need for the foal to receive adequate amounts of colostrum at birth is explained in relation to the consequences to the health and development of the foal. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods for parasite control are implemented in accordance with stud farm procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods include, but are not limited to:
  • Wash udder and vulva post foaling, de-worm mare pre foaling and de-worm programme for foal from four weeks.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A primary vaccination and booster schedule is drawn up and implemented in accordance with Veterinarian instructions for the prevention of infectious disease. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Teeth of the foal are inspected and their condition is recorded in accordance with stud farm procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Hoof problems and leg deviations are described in terms of the benefits of early detection according to stud farm procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Problems likely to occur after 12 hours from birth are identified in relation to appropriate interventions in accordance with stud farm procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Problems include, but are not limited to: retained meconium, infectious diseases, persistent urachus, haemolytic disease and foal heat scours.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Feed a foal to obtain maximum growth potential. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A supplementary feed is selected and introduced according to foal requirements and stud farm procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Design and use of creep feeders for foals is described in terms of the purpose and advantages over other feeding methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Creed feeding programme is implemented and monitored to achieve maximum growth potential according to stud farm procedures. 


    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 relating to the humane handling of horses:
  • 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.

    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain the following:
  • Foal training methods.
  • Foal health care programme.
  • Foal feeding programme. 

  • 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 training and weaning a foal 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 implementing a health care programme for a foal. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in selecting and introducing supplementary feed for the foal. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about the condition of the foal in order to draw up and implement a primary vaccination and booster schedule. 

    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 train and care for a foal from birth to weaning. 

    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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