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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand equine conformation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335762  Understand equine conformation 
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 
The purpose of this unit standard is to provide opportunities for learners to develop skills and thought processes to engage in humane equine activity. Learners credited with this unit standard are able to identify a natomy and conformation of a horse's body and legs.

Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating anatomy of a horse.
  • Understanding of paces, breeds, types and sizes of equine.
  • Recognizing correct and incorrect conformation.
  • Identifying various conformation defects and their effects on performance. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication, NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy, NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Describe functional system and physiology of an equine at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy of a horse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Main anatomical and physiological features of equine are listed and named. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Points of the horse and external body parts are identified by name and location. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Horse conformation is identified by name and location in accordance with breed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Leg conformation is identified in accordance with breed and use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Effects of conformation faults affecting the structure, function and usefulness of the horse are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify various conformation defects and their effects on performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The parts on the general structure of the skeleton are named. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The structure and functions of different types of bone and muscle are understood and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The means by which support and movement is achieved in animal bodies are understood and identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The characteristics of the different types of joint and movements are named. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appearance and behaviour of healthy horses are identified in terms of the horse's observable signs and behaviour. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Recognize correct and incorrect conformation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Thre ability to assess and correctly name good and weak conformation features is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conformation defects and their effect on the horse's performance are recognized and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equine balance, movement and type is understood and demonstrated. 


    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 3 qualification in the music field.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this US or assessing this US 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 conformation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team examining equine dental formula conformation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while carrying out the various activities in understanding equine conformation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with colleagues and other team members in reporting conformation abnormalities and complications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the health and safety while examining equine conformation disorders. 

    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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