Field           Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries


Revision of Equine Care unit standard 25003






Equine Care



The Primary ITO has completed the revision of the unit standard listed above.


Date new version published                                                                 September 2019


Planned review date                                                                              December 2020




The revision was required to remove a barrier to completion for trainees.  Feedback from consent to assess holders, and workplace assessors indicated that trainees in some industry sectors do not have the opportunity to complete all the requirements of unit standard 25003.


Main changes


·      The requirement to assess a horse’s action at walk and trot in outcome 2 was removed as not all industry sectors have horses available where both gaits can be assessed.  The focus of the performance criteria is now to assess a horse’s action, and this may be on a lead while walking or trotting, or while moving freely in a yard or paddock.

·      The requirement to identify the site of lameness was changed to theory as not all trainees have the opportunity to handle the horses to achieve this performance criteria.