Domain - Equine Care

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Level 2

Demonstrate knowledge of preparing and attending to horses when transported by air
This standard is expiring. The last date for assessment to take place is 31 December 2023.

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Version 4 This unit standard replaced unit standard 1664.

14590 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: pre-flight procedures for preparing a horse for air transportation; loading procedures, and in-flight requirements of the horse; and the care of the horse after the flight.

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Prepare a horse for show

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Version 6

1623 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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This unit standard is for people involved with presenting horses at competition, sales, or shows. People credited with this unit standard are able to: wash the horse; trim the horse's tail and areas of long hair, and pull the mane and forelock; plait the mane and present the horse's tail; finish the horse to enhance its general appearance; and remove plaits and brush out tail.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Receive, implement health procedures, and despatch horses from a property

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Version 6

1636 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: receive and identify the newly arrived horse and identify and label horse gear; treat the newly arrived horse for external and internal parasites, identify any signs of ill health, and describe reasons for isolating new arrivals; process horse documentation; and despatch the horse from the property.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Clean a stable

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Version 6

1648 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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This unit standard is for people who work in a situation where horses are stabled. People credited with this unit standard are able to: muck out a stable to remove all traces of soiled bedding, faeces, and urine, and identify reasons for maintaining a well banked muck heap and a clean stable; demonstrate knowledge of stable bedding, and replace and arrange stable bedding; and clean stable equipment and surrounds.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Groom a horse

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Version 6

1656 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare items in a grooming kit and the horse for grooming; groom the horse in a manner appropriate for the activity; clean and oil the horse's feet, and check for health status; and care for a grooming kit.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Demonstrate knowledge of the operation of, and erect temporary electric fences in an equine environment

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Version 3

19459 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of the operation of temporary electric fences for horses; and erect, test, dismantle, transport, and store temporary electric fences for horses.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Maintain and repair equine fencing

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Version 3

19460 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify safety hazards in fencing; identify and use basic fencing tools and equipment; replace a post in equine fencing, and repair a damaged or broken rail, and repair and strain a broken or loose wire; and clean and store basic fencing tools and equipment.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Apply skills for employment in an equine industry workplace

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Version 2

29165 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: work as part of a team in an equine workplace; describe workplace health and safety, and contractual obligations; and manage personal health and wellbeing for employment in an equine workplace.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Provide routine care for horses in stables and/or yards

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Version 2

29166 Unit Standard 22 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify horses; feed and water horses in stables and/or yards; clean stables and/or yards, and surrounds; groom and cover horses; and apply knowledge of horse''s body language, and behavioural characteristics when handling.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Prepare horses for travel, and load and unload

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Version 2

29167 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare horses for travel; and load and unload.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Care for a group of horses in a paddock, maintain paddocks, and install and dismantle temporary electric fences

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Version 2

29168 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: feed and water horses in the paddock, observe and report horse behaviour and unsafe paddock features or fixtures; apply knowledge of horse''s senses, communication, body language, group hierarchy, compatible groupings, and behavioural characteristics when handling horses in group situations; identify pasture species, weeds, and poisonous plants commonly found in paddocks grazed by horses, and control weeds by manual methods; install and dismantle temporary electric fences, and identify and report faults.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Prepare thoroughbred racehorses for exercise and provide after care

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Version 2

29169 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: check gear for safety, fit gear on a horse in preparation for training, and report any ill-fitting or unsafe saddlery; fit protection to the lower foreleg and hind leg of the horse; and carry out post-exercise activities with the horse restrained.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Prepare harness horses for exercise and provide after care

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Version 3

29170 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: fit gear to a standardbred horse in preparation for exercise; and carry out post-exercise activities with the horse restrained.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Carry out routine, minor or temporary maintenance of equine facilities

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Version 2

29171 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to carry out routine, minor or temporary maintenance of equine facilities.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Demonstrate horse clipping technique

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Version 6

6623 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare the clippers and horse for clipping; demonstrate clipping technique; and care for horse and clippers after clipping.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Level 3

Gear up and drive standardbred horses in trackwork, and attend to horses after trackwork
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6 This unit standard and unit standard 1598 has been replaced by unit standard 29232.

1596 Unit Standard 15 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for people who are required to prepare and drive standardbred horses in trackwork in an equine racing industry context. People will be working under broad guidance with responsibility for their work routines.

Standard-setting body:

Primary Industry Training Organisation

Care for a horse's paddock, and horses in a paddock
This standard is expiring. The last date for assessment to take place is 31 December 2023.

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Version 7

1624 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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This unit standard is for people involved with caring for a horse's paddock for one or more horses. People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of paddock maintenance to obtain optimum feeding potential, and provide supplementary feeding when pasture fails to meet horses' requirements; maintain paddock facilities to ensure safety and working efficiency; and manage horses in a paddock.

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Clip a horse

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Version 6

1625 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare the clippers, equipment and area; prepare the horse for clipping; clip the horse; carry out post clipping procedures; and describe hogging the mane.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Prepare a horse for travel by road, and load and unload

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Version 8

1650 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare the float or truck for the horse to enter; pack the vehicle with supplies to meet horse and staff personal gear for the duration of the event; prepare the horse with protective gear ready for travel, and describe the horse''s requirements during break stops; load the horse on a float or a truck safely in preparation for travel, describe safety considerations, and methods for loading and unloading difficult horses; describe common injuries and illnesses related to travelling horses; unload the horse from a float or a truck, and report health of the horse; and attend to immediate post-travel activities relating to horse and vehicle.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Identify conformation, action, and lameness of horses

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Version 5

25003 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify horse''s conformation and describe the effect of conformation faults on the structure, function and performance of the horse; assess horse''s action and identify conformation faults that may affect action; and identify and report lameness in horses.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Demonstrate knowledge of and fit and remove studs on horses' shoes in the sport horse sector

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Version 2

25979 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of and fit and remove studs on horses'' shoes in the sport horse sector.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Demonstrate knowledge of horse feeds, nutritional and feed requirements and problems, and feed horses in training

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Version 3

29172 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of common horse feeds, nutritional and feed requirements, and feeding problems of horses in training; and feed horses in training.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Provide routine care to horses in training

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Version 3

29174 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and record horse''s details, health status, and equipment on arrival at the training facility; provide daily routine care for horses in training; recognise and report vices and behavioural problems of horses in training; and check and report on consumables and equipment for horses in training.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Identify horses' body systems, and describe and report common health problems and parasites affecting horses

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Version 3

29175 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify the basic components and primary functions of horses'' body systems; describe and report common health problems of horses; and describe the life cycle of internal and external parasites, their effect on horses'' health, and preventative health measures for horses.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Describe and manage pasture for horses, and care for horses in a paddock

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Version 1

32118 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Demonstrate knowledge of hazards, routine health care, emergency responses, and ongoing care of horses

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Version 8

6580 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify potential hazards involving horses and implement measures to ensure safety of horses and people in and around the horse facility; demonstrate knowledge of the actions to take in the event of an emergency involving horses; provide assistance to the veterinarian while veterinary treatment is being carried out; describe and monitor health status of horses in training; and provide ongoing care for a horse following sickness or injury.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Demonstrate knowledge of the procedure for bringing a horse into work after a spell and letting down

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Version 6

6611 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the preparation required for bringing a horse back into work; assess a horse and describe a work and training programme to reach a target activity; and describe the letting-down of the horse before a spell.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Demonstrate knowledge of plants, grasses, and trees which are potentially poisonous to horses

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Version 6

6612 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and describe plants, grasses, and trees which are potentially poisonous to horses, and recognise symptoms of poisoning; and describe methods of removal, avoidance, and/or treatment of potentially poisonous plants, grasses, and trees.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Demonstrate knowledge of the structure of the horse's foot, the horse shoeing process and remedial shoeing

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Version 7

6613 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe the external and internal structures of the horse''s foot, and hoof balance, and remedial shoeing. They are also able to demonstrate knowledge of horse shoes and the shoeing process.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Assess the design, functionality and construction of a stable complex

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6617 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to assess the design and functionality of a stable complex, and assess the materials used in the construction of a stable complex.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Identify a horse's age in relation to teeth, and examine for sharp edges
This standard is expiring. The last date for assessment to take place is 31 December 2023.

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6618 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify a horse''s age in relation to teeth; examine teeth for sharp edges; and demonstrate knowledge of the treatment of sharp edges.

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Analyse horse feed and stable horses
This standard is expiring. The last date for assessment to take place is 31 December 2023.

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6622 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: analyse raw horse feeds; analyse commercially prepared horse feeds; prepare a stable for a horse; prepare and settle a horse in a stable; and demonstrate knowledge of operating feed processing machinery.

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Level 4

Remove and replace a shoe on a horse

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Version 6

1597 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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This unit standard is for people involved with training horses where ''first aid shoeing'' is used to enable the horse to continue until qualified help arrives. People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare a horse and remove a shoe; assess a hoof and replace a shoe on a horse; and attend to post-shoeing activities.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Describe digestion in horses, determine feed requirements and provide a balanced feed for horses

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1661 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of the features and functions of each part of a horse's digestive tract; formulate a balanced ration for individual horse requirements; and feed the horse as an individual, and identify feeding problems.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Evaluate equine pasture production methods

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19461 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to explain methods to maximise equine pasture production; and explain techniques used to establish and/or renovate equine pasture.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Describe standardbreds and their breeding, and evaluate a standardbred's potential

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24303 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the development, spread, and influential strains of the standardbred; demonstrate knowledge of the standardbred breeding calendar; demonstrate knowledge of standardbred pedigrees, and evaluate horse's potential; and demonstrate knowledge of the administration of the standardbred breeding industry.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Travel and care for horses in short-term accommodation

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25004 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: prepare transport and accommodation requirements for a horse travelling to a destination for a short-term period; prepare a horse for travel, travel with a horse to destination, and unload a horse; attend to immediate post-travel activities relating to horse and vehicle; and settle horse into new environment, manage horse during stay, and maintain facilities while in short-term accommodation.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Implement and monitor a pasture and feed management programme for the care of paddocked horses on a horse stud

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32109 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Monitor foal development and mare and foal behaviour, feed, handle and wean foals, and document pedigree

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32115 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Care for stabled horses

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6578 Unit Standard 8 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and record horses and equipment; check and report on horses'' stabling requirements; carry out the daily stable routine; feed stabled horses; demonstrate knowledge of, and implement, preventative health requirements; recognise and report stable vices and behavioural problems; and check and report on stable consumables.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 18 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Assess a horse for purchase for a specific activity
This standard is expiring. The last date for assessment to take place is 31 December 2023.

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6619 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: set criteria for horse selection; inspect and assess a horse for purchase; and demonstrate knowledge of pre-purchase and post purchase procedures and recommend purchase procedures.

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Level 5

Manage stabled horses
This standard is expiring. The last date for assessment to take place is 31 December 2023.

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1659 Unit Standard 12 Credits

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This unit standard is for people who may be involved in a supervisory role looking after a group of horses in a stabled situation. People credited with this unit standard are able to: organise the daily stable routine to ensure that all tasks are carried out in an orderly sequence around the exercise programme; check stable consumables and order as required; manage the feeding programme; plan a health programme for a horse, and describe stable vices; maintain a stable inventory; and demonstrate knowledge of the stabling requirements of horses.

Standard-setting body:

Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council Primary Industry Training Organisation

Data as at 16 May 2022