Equine Safety in Training Project

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Case for change

This project will look at updating occupational skills standards to improve safety, quality and consistency in the delivery of equine training.

Training Package Projects are established only when a Case For Change has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), in line with the National Schedule. Following this approval, Skills Impact and the IRC take the Training Package Project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

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Project overview

Project Scope

The review of equine standards in training packages applies to many industries that utilise horses and that have common risks associated with working with horses (encapsulating horse psychology, behaviour, speed and size). Industry feedback to date has been that while it may be partially true that scared and badly trained animals are unpredictable, the level of predictability increases as the education of both horse and handler/rider increases. For this reason, it is important to ensure that equine related Training Package Components (qualifications, units of competency and skill sets) are up to date and encapsulate safe practices.

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Key Deliverables
  • 154 revised units of competency that meet the Standards for Training Packages
  • 3 new units of competency
    • Manage horses for training learners
    • Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
    • Minimise risk of injury from falls from horses
  • Two new Skill Sets
    • Beginners horse handling safety
    • Incorporating safety when training and assessing beginners in horse handling
  • Complete the development of Certificate II in Horse care
  • Companion Volume
  • Creating Foundation Skill Mapping Tables

 

Timeline

January 2017
Formation of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Unit compliance checking
TAC meeting and consultation (25 January)

February 2017
Expert working groups consultation and draft unit writing

March 2017
Public consultation of relevant units via Skills Impact Website
Finalisation of Training Package Components
National face-to-face workshops

April 2017
Embedding feedback into units
TAC meeting

May 2017
Validation of Training Package Components
Training Package components independently Quality Assured and Editing and Equity Reports completed

June 2017
Submission to AISC (June 30)

 

Methodology
  1. Gathering of industry intelligence
  2. Expertise input and consultation
  3. Training Package component drafting
  4. Public consultation and input
  5. Industry validation
  6. Independent quality assurance
  7. Submission for endorsement to the AISC

 

Project Team
Evan Cooper Industry Facilitation Manager, Skills Impact ecooper@skillsimpact.com.au
Helen Foote Training Package Development Manager, Skills Impact
Dion Daniell Project Administration Support, Skills Impact
Sue Hamilton Skills Development Specialist, Skills in Focus
Julie Fiedler Subject Matter Export, Horse SA

 

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Membership
Andrew McLean Equitation Science International
Charlie Cross Outdoor Council of Australia
Fiona O’Sullivan Beef Industry Safety Advisory Group
Janet Horton Equestrian Australia
John Sunderland Thoroughbred Breeders Australia
Kathleen Mullan Harness Racing Australia
Robyn Bell Racing Queensland
Ron Flemming Racing and Wagering WA
Wendy Denning Jindalee Feedlot

Development

Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft of units of competency, including three proposed new units.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) are currently reviewing all feedback and any issues will be referred to the Racing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and Rural and Related IRC.

The feedback will inform the work on the next version of draft units, as well as work on relevant qualifications and skills sets. Revised units, qualifications and skills sets will be available for industry validation during May. The units that are under review are listed below.

 

Proposed New Units

ACMEQU2XX Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU3XX Minimise incidents and injuries from falling from a horse
ACMEQU4XX Manage partnership between new worker or participant and horse

Horse Breeding Units

ACMHBR202 Assist with oestrus detection in mares
ACMHBR301 Assist with mating and foaling
ACMHBR303 Carry out mare mating procedures
ACMHBR304 Assist with artificial insemination of mares
ACMHBR312 Carry out procedures for foaling down mares
ACMHBR314 Care for pregnant mares
ACMHBR405 Supervise natural horse mating program
ACMHBR408 Manage foaling and post foaling problems

 

ACMHBR201 Check and treat horses
ACMHBR203 Provide daily care for horses
ACMHBR302 Carry out basic hoof care procedures
ACMHBR308 Maintain horses in a healthy state
ACMHBR310 Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
ACMEQU402 Determine nutritional needs in the provision of horse health care
ACMHBR501 Manage horse nutrition
ACMHBR504 Manage horse pastures

 

 

ACMHBR307 Handle young horses
ACMHBR311 Raise young horses
ACMHBR403 Handle and care for stallions
ACMHBR404 Supervise raising young horses
ACMHBR407 Educate stallions

 

 

ACMHBR305 Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
ACMHBR306 Provide information on horses
ACMHBR309 Follow stud operational procedures
ACMHBR313 Transport horses
ACMHBR401 Carry out stud stable management duties
ACMHBR406 Prepare yearlings for sale
ACMHBR503 Develop and implement a marketing plan for stud stock

 

 

ACMHBR403 Handle and care for stallions
ACMHBR407 Educate stallions
ACMHBR502 Manage reproductive outcomes of stallions and mares

 

Racing Units

 

RGRPSH211 Work effectively in the horse racing industry
RGRPSH310 Prepare for self-management in racing
RGRPSH418 Set goals to improve racing performance
RGRPSH421 Operate horse racing training business
RGRPSH422 Promote and maintain business arrangements with racehorse owners
RGRPSH504 Develop systems and records for horse racing business training operations

 

 

RGRPSH301 Implement stable operations
 RGRPSH302 Supervise handling of horses
RGRPSH208 Attend horses at trackwork
RGRPSH209 Attend horses at meetings and trials
RGRPSH303 Supervise transportation of horses
RGRPSH308 Provide first aid and emergency care for horses
RGRPSH309 Implement feeding programs for racehorses under direction
RGRPSH409 Determine nutritional requirements for racing horses

 

 

RGRPSH203 Perform basic driving tasks
RGRPSH204 Prepare to drive jog work
RGRPSH305 Develop driving skills for trackwork
RGRPSH402 Drive horses in pacework and fast work
RGRPSH403 Educate harness horses for racing
RGRPSH410 Prepare for race driving
RGRPSH411 Prepare to drive horses in trials
RGRPSH412 Prepare to drive horses in races
RGRPSH503 Trial and race horses*

 

 

RGRPSH406 Develop riding skills for jumping racing
RGRPSH416 Perform trial and race jumping riding skills
RGRPSH423 Train horses for jumping racing

 

 

RGRPSH306 Develop basic trackwork riding skills
RGRPSH307 Exercise horses in pacework
RGRPSH404 Ride horses at trackwork
RGRPSH405 Ride horses in jump outs
RGRPSH413 Prepare for race riding
RGRPSH414 Ride horses in trials
RGRPSH415 Ride horses in races

 

 

RGRPSH407 Educate thoroughbred horses for racing
RGRPSH420 Participate in implementing racehorse exercise programs
RGRPSH501 Plan and adapt training conditioning programs for racehorses
RGRPSH502Plan and implement education of horses for racing
RGRPSH505 Select horses for racing
RGRPSH503 Trial and race horses* (repeated – in harness also)

 

 

RGRSTD303 Assess racing gear suitability and safety
RGRSTD408 Analyse race performance
RGRSTD409 Perform the duties of a race day steward
RGRSWA301 Collect non-blood samples from greyhounds or horses
RGRSWA302 Collect non-blood samples from racing personnel
RGRTRK303 Provide emergency animal assistance
RGRTRK402 Relate animal welfare to track and environmental conditions

 

 

RGRROP201A Perform duties of barrier attendant at thoroughbred race meetings and trials
RGRROP406A Perform duties of harness race starter
RGRROP403A Perform duties of farrier at race meetings
RGRROP407A Perform duties of thoroughbred race starter

 

 

RGRROP204A Assist with harness race starts
RGRROP302A Brand standard bred horses
RGRROP305A Perform duties of clerk of scales for horses at thoroughbred race meetings
RGRROP317A Attend racing events and comply with protocols and safety procedures
RGRROP404A Perform duties of veterinarian at race meetings or trials
RGRROP405A Conduct veterinarian supervision of sample collection procedures

 

Livestock and Performance Horse Units

 

AHCLSK218 Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work
AHCLSK330 Implement procedures for foaling down mares
AHCLSK336 Educate, care for, and ride horses for stock work
AHCLSK417 Manage horses for stock work
AHCLSK503 Develop and implement a breeding strategy

 

 

AHCPHR201 Lunge performance horses for exercise
AHCPHR202 Ride performance horses for exercise in an arena
AHCPHR301 Care for performance horses
AHCPHR302 Maintain the health and welfare of performance horses
AHCPHR303 Participate in horse events/activities
AHCPHR304 Ride and lead performance horses

 

 

AHCPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour
AHCPHR402 Manage horses to meet performance horse sport
AHCPHR403 Evaluate equine training methodologies
AHCPHR404 Manage international opportunities for performance horses
AHCPHR405 Implement and monitor equine health and welfare strategies
AHCPHR406 Manage the presentation of young horses
AHCPHR407 Implement an equine facility maintenance improvement and management program
AHCPHR408 Educate and train performance horses

 

 

AHCPHR502 Manage horse health using selected therapies
AHCPHR503 Evaluate horse conformation
AHCPHR504 Manage equine nutrition
AHCPHR505 Manage fitness in performance horses
AHCPHR506 Manage performance horse breeding operations

 

Equine, Dental and Farrier Units

 

ACMEQU101 Approach and catch horses
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
ACMEQU205 Develop horse riding skills at walk and trot
ACMEQU206 Perform basic horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter
ACMEQU207 Develop riding skills for exercise of horses
ACMEQU209 Provide non-riding exercise for horses
ACMEQU210 Lunge educated horses
ACMEQU301 Introduce horses to lunge exercise

 

 

ACMEQU201 Work safely in the horse industry
ACMEQU203 Provide basic care for horses
ACMEQU204 Perform daily tasks in the horse industry
ACMEQU208 Manage personal health and fitness
ACMEQU211 Prepare a horse for competition, presentation or sale

 

 

ACMEQU401 Relate equine anatomical and physiological features to equine health care requirements
ACMEQU402 Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care
ACMEQU403 Relate musculoskeletal structure to horse movement
ACMEQU404 Evaluate fit of saddlery and equipment
ACMEQU405 Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare

 

 

ACMFAR301 Handle horses safely in the provision of farriery services
ACMFAR302 Work effectively as a farrier in the equine industries
ACMFAR303 Prepare for routine farriery activities
ACMFAR304 Respond to emergencies and apply essential first aid in the equine industries
ACMFAR305 Perform welding tasks using a forge
ACMFAR306 Maintain, repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery
ACMFAR307 Make standard shoes for a range of horses
ACMFAR308 Determine foot care and shoeing plans for horses
ACMFAR309 Fit shoes for normal healthy horses
ACMFAR310 Fit shoes to alleviate moderate faults and defects in horses
ACMFAR311 Fit shoes to alleviate severe faults and defects in horses
ACMFAR312 Accommodate special needs of particular horses through farriery techniques

 

 

ACMEQD401 Work within an equine dental service provision framework
ACMEQD402 Determine equine oral functional efficiency
ACMEQD403 Identify potential health impacts of equine oral conditions
ACMEQD404 Conduct equine oral inspection and assessment and plan equine dental treatment
ACMEQD405 Perform routine dental correction and oral care using manual instruments

 

 

Register your interest in the project

By registering your interest, you will be informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback.

 

Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft units of competency, skill sets and qualifications. The consultation period for this Validation stage of the project is now closed.

The final drafts have been forwarded to the relevant Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for sign off. After final quality assurance of the drafts, they will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking or proving that something is logically and factually accurate. Industry views were sought on whether current safe work practices have been incorporated into the following qualifications, units of competency and skill sets, where people have contact with horses. The final draft units, skill sets and qualifications that were available for industry validation are listed below.

Qualifications and Skill Sets

ACM20217 Certificate II in Horse Care
ACMSSXXXXXX Incorporate safety when instructing beginners in horse handling skill set
ACMSSXXXXXX Beginners horse handling safety skill set

 

Units of Competency

ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU302 Apply knowledge of minimising impact of falling
ACMEQU303 Demonstrate riding techniques to avoid falls and to reduce the impact of falls
ACMEQU406 Manage horse selection for new or inexperienced handler, rider or driver

 

ACMHBR202 Assist with oestrus detection in mares
ACMHBR301 Assist with mating and foaling
ACMHBR303 Carry out mare mating procedures
ACMHBR304 Assist with artificial insemination of mares
ACMHBR312 Carry out procedures for foaling down mares
ACMHBR314 Care for pregnant mares
ACMHBR405 Supervise natural horse mating program
ACMHBR408 Manage foaling and post foaling problems
ACMHBR502 Manage reproductive outcomes of stallions and mares

 

ACMHBR201 Check and treat horses
ACMHBR203 Provide daily care for horses
ACMHBR302 Carry out basic hoof care procedures
ACMHBR308 Maintain horses in a healthy state
ACMHBR310 Prevent and treat equine injury and disease
ACMEQU402 Determine nutritional needs in the provision of horse health care
ACMEHBR402 Determine nutritional requirements for horses
ACMHBR501 Manage horse nutrition
ACMHBR504 Manage horse pastures

 

ACMHBR307 Handle young horses
ACMHBR311 Raise young horses
ACMHBR403 Handle and care for stallions
ACMHBR404 Supervise raising young horses
ACMHBR407 Educate stallions

 

ACMHBR305 Assess suitability of horses for specific uses
ACMHBR306 Provide information on horses
ACMHBR309 Follow stud operational procedures
ACMHBR313 Transport horses
ACMHBR401 Carry out stud stable management duties
ACMHBR406 Prepare yearlings for sale
ACMHBR503 Develop and implement a marketing plan for stud stock

 

ACMFAR301 Handle horses safely during farriery services
ACMFAR302 Work effectively as a farrier
ACMFAR303 Perform routine day-to-day farriery activities
ACMFAR304 Respond to emergencies and apply first aid
ACMFAR305 Perform welding tasks using a forge
ACMFAR306 Maintain, repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery
ACMFAR307 Make standard shoes for a range of horses
ACMFAR308 Determine foot care and shoeing plans for horses
ACMFAR309 Fit shoes for normal health horses
ACMFAR310 Fit shoes to alleviate moderate faults and defects in horses
ACMFAR311 Fit shoes to alleviate severe faults and defects in horses
ACMFAR312 Use farriery techniques to meet special needs of horses

 

AHCLSK218 Ride educated horses to carry out basic stock work
AHCLSK330 Implement procedures for foaling down mares
AHCLSK336 Educate, care for, and ride horses for stock work
AHCLSK417 Manage horses for stock work
AHCLSK503 Develop and implement a breeding strategy

 

AHCPHR201 Lunge performance horses for exercise
AHCPHR202 Ride performance horses for exercise in an arena
AHCPHR301 Care for performance horses
AHCPHR302 Maintain the health and welfare of performance horses
AHCPHR303 Participate in horse events/activities
AHCPHR304 Ride and lead performance horses

 

AHCPHR401 Interpret equine behaviour
AHCPHR402 Manage horses to meet performance horse sport
AHCPHR403 Evaluate equine training methodologies
AHCPHR404 Manage international opportunities for performance horses
AHCPHR405 Implement and monitor equine health and welfare strategies
AHCPHR406 Manage the presentation of young horses
AHCPHR407 Implement an equine facility maintenance improvement and management program
AHCPHR408 Educate and train performance horses

 

AHCPHR502 Manage horse health using selected therapies
AHCPHR503 Evaluate horse conformation
AHCPHR504 Manage equine nutrition
AHCPHR505 Manage fitness in performance horses
AHCPHR506 Manage performance horse breeding operations

 

ACMEQU101 Approach and catch horses
ACMEQU202 Handle horses
ACMEQU205 Develop horse riding skills at walk and trot
ACMEQU206 Perform basic horse riding skills at walk, trot and canter
ACMEQU207 Develop riding skills for flatwork exercise of horses
ACMEQU209 Provide non-riding exercise for horses
ACMEQU210 Lunge educated horses
ACMEQU301 Introduce horses to lunge exercise

 

ACMEQU201 Work safely in the horse industry
ACMEQU203 Provide basic care for horses
ACMEQU204 Perform daily tasks in the horse industry
ACMEQU208 Manage personal health and fitness
ACMEQU211 Prepare a horse for competition, presentation or sale

 

ACMEQU401 Relate equine anatomical and physiological features to equine health care requirements
ACMEQU402 Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care
ACMEQU403 Relate musculoskeletal structure to horse movement
ACMEQU404 Evaluate fit of saddlery and equipment
ACMEQU405 Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare

 

ACMEQD401 Work within an equine dental service provision framework
ACMEQD402 Determine equine oral functional efficiency
ACMEQD403 Identify potential health impacts of equine oral conditions
ACMEQD404 Conduct equine oral inspection and assessment and plan equine dental treatment
ACMEQD405 Perform routine dental correction and oral care using manual instruments

 

 

Register your interest in the project

By registering your interest, you will be informed of project updates and when draft materials are available for feedback.

 

 

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