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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Exercise race horses at various paces on a sand track 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335734  Exercise race horses at various paces on a sand track 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
Learners credited with this Unit Standard will be able to prepare themselves for riding a horse on a sand track on their own and in pairs. They will also have an understanding of how the sand track affects the pace of the horse while being exercised.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the effect of sand on pace.
  • Riding at various paces on sand.
  • Exercising horses in pairs. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • ID 335740: Ride a horse in a jockey seat on a sand track, NQF Level 2, 10 Credits. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements for this Unit Standard are included in the Assessment Criteria where applicable. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the effect of sand on pace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of sand used on training tracks are described in terms of their purpose and differences. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Training tracks may include but are not limited to wood chips, beach sand, medium river sand, and visco-track sand.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The depth of sand is described in terms of how it impacts on pace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects of wet or dry sand are described in terms of how it impacts on pace. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Ride at various paces on sand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different paces which may be ridden at are explained according to international standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Paces may include but is not limited to walk, trot, canter, strong canter, half pace, three-quarter pace and gallop.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic safety equipment for the horse and rider is fitted and used before riding. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment may include but is not limited to safety vest, skull cap, goggles, riding boots, protective clothing, girth, surcingle, stirrups are adjusted.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety precautions are applied before and during riding at pace in accordance with industry accepted protocols. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Each of the different paces are performed on a horse on a sand track in accordance with acceptable procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Exercise horses in pairs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety precautions when riding in pairs are explained in terms of potential problems and methods of resolving them. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reasons why horses are exercised in pairs are explained in accordance with riding school philosophies. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reasons may include but are not limited to trial, schooling, and give confidence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Riding in pairs is conducted in accordance with good riding practices at all paces and on track. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A report on the ride is developed and communicated to an authorised individual according to worksite procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Knowledge of different paces for exercise routines.
  • Knowledge of safety equipment used during exercise routines.
  • Exercise methods and techniques to be used on sand.
  • Different types of sand tracks and when to use each.
  • The effect of sand depth and moisture on the horse.
  • How to ride at different paces.
  • Relevant safety precautions when exercising horses in pairs. 

  • 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 safety precautions when exercising on sand. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others to ensure that the horse is properly exercised on a sand track. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities in such a way so as to have all the required equipment at hand to conduct the exercise session with minimal effort. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information which will assist in the safe exercising of a horse at various paces on a sand track. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with other riders when riding in pairs. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the proper exercise routines lead to a safe exercise session for both horses and people. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

    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 
    International accepted standards refers to the standards according to the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications.

    The legal and regulatory requirements are those sections of the Acts that relates to the humane handling of horses. They are:
  • The animal Protection Act 71 of 1962.
  • Performing Animals Act 24/35.
  • Power of Seizure Regulation 468 as contained I the animal Protection Act 71 of 1962. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  71491   National Certificate: Equine Studies  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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.
     
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