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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Restrain an Equine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335745  Restrain an Equine 
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 
The person credited with this unit standard will be able to use internationally accepted and humane restraining methods from the ground, on an equine, suitable for a particular need.

Learner accredited with this Unit Standard will be capable of:
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the use of equipment for restraining an equine and identifying associated potential dangers when restraining.
  • Understanding the situation and selecting the appropriate method of restraint:
    > Range: The methods of restraint are limited to tethering, leg hold, muzzle twitch, neck twitch, hobbles, equine crush, cross tying, knee haltering.
  • Demonstrating how to tether an Equine with a quick release knot according to internationally accepted procedure.
  • Demonstrating the twitching technique using a muzzle and neck twitch according to internationally accepted humane procedure.
  • Demonstrating lifting and holding an Equine's leg to immobilise the Equine.

    This Unit Standard will contribute to the development of a learner within the Equine field by providing recognition and further mobility within this field of study. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for creating opportunities within the equine industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1 or equivalent.
  • Explain basic horse behaviour and body structure at NQF Level 1.
  • Use basic horse tack, blankets and boots at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand the need for restraint and select the method of restraint. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The need to restrain could be for the purpose of grooming, clipping, dipping, examination, treatment and shoeing 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of restraining the Equine is identified for specific situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Humane methods of restraint are identified that are appropriate for the equine's state of mind and the handler's safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Risks to both equine and handler in the restraining process are explained in terms of what could go wrong and how to minimise risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Risks associated with restraining an equine in unsuitable locations are identified in terms of what could go wrong and how to minimise risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Methods of restraining an equine are described for various situations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Situations include but not limited to wild equines, inexperienced handlers and untrained Equines.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Situations where the use of sedation by a veterinarian is required are identified in order to restrain the equine. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Tether an Equine with a quick release knot. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Items used in tethering the equine with a quick release knot are identified and listed according to standard operating practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The equine is tethered with a quick release knot according to internationally accepted humane procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of not tethering the equine with a quick release knot are explained in terms of the impact on the equine in emergency situations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate restraining techniques for Equines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Twitches are used to restrain an Equine according to internationally accepted humane procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Twitches are limited to neck twitch and muzzle twitch.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different methods of limiting an Equine's range of movement when handling from the ground are implemented according to internationally accepted humane procedures for specific situations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods of limiting an equine's range of movement is limited to leg hold, hobbles, equine crush pen and cross tying.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of inappropriate application of restraining techniques and devices are identified in terms of the impact on the equine and handler. 


    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 Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard, 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 
    Embedded knowledge underpinning this unit standard is:
  • Worksite procedure for handling Equines.
  • Tools, equipment and material used in the restraining of the Equine.
  • Methods of restraining the Equine.
  • Use and safe handling of Equines. 

  • 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 while restraining an Equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as member of the team when preparing the equine to be restrained. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly while calming down the equine for restraint. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with colleagues and other team members in seeking help in restraining an Equine. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the health and safety of an Equine during restraint. 

    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 refer 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 equines. They are:
  • 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. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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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