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1637 Care for a mare and foal from birth to weaning

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26 Nov 2007implement a health care programme for a foal and monitor its health; feed Range creep feeding, supplementary both mare and foal.

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Level 5

    Credits 6

Purpose People credited with this unit standard are able to: check and observe the

    foal for normal post foaling behaviour, and record all observations; assess

    and monitor the health condition of the mare and newborn foal; teach a foal

    or weanling to accept a halter and lead in accordance with stable procedure;

    implement a health care programme for a foal and monitor its health; feed the

    foal to obtain maximum potential growth; and document pedigree, and wean

    a foal from a mare.

Subfield Equine

    Domain Equine Husbandry

    Status Registered

    Status date 26 November 2007

    Date version published 26 November 2007

    Planned review date 31 December 2011

    Entry information Open

    Accreditation Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA and

    industry.

    Standard setting body (SSB) NZ Equine Industry Training Organisation Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference 0018 This AMAP can be accessed at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/search/index.do.

Special notes

1 Legislation relevant to this unit standard includes but is not limited to the Health and

    Safety in Employment Act 1992, and its subsequent amendments.

2 Stable procedures are the documented practices and polices required within a

    particular workplace, and do not contravene the Code of Recommendations and

    Minimum Standards for the Welfare of Horses. (Wellington: Ministry of Agriculture

    and Forestry, 1993); or available at http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/animal-

    welfare/codes/horses/index.htm.

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    3 Breed society rules and regulations are standards each breed organisation stipulates

    for registration purposes.

     Elements and performance criteria 4 For this unit standard the practical assessment evidence must be provided in the context of a commercial business operation under normal working conditions. Element 1

    Check and observe the foal for normal post foaling behaviour, and record all observations.

Performance criteria

1.1 The range of times for normal post foaling events are recorded according to

    stable procedures.

    Range standing, drinking, sucking, passing meconium, passing foetal

    membranes (placenta).

1.2 Documentation to identify the foal is completed according to stable procedures.

1.3 Normal changes occurring in foal after birth are identified, assessed, and

    recorded according to stable procedures.

    Range may include but is not limited to respiration, cardiovascular,

    waste disposal, nourishment, movement, homeostasis, disease

    resistance, nervous system.

Element 2

Assess and monitor the health condition of the mare and newborn foal.

Performance criteria

2.1 Foal’s health is monitored, for the first 12 hours, any health problems are

    identified, assessed, and action is taken in the best interests of the foal and in

    accordance with stable procedures.

    Range may include but is not limited to jaundice, haemolytic disease,

    joint ill, neonatal maladjustment syndrome, conformation defects,

    contracted tendons, hernias, cleft palate, heart defects, entropion.

2.2 Mare is monitored for the first 12 hours, any health problems are identified,

    assessed, and action is taken in the best interests of the mare and foal and in

    accordance with stable procedures.

    Range may include but is not limited to mismothering, insufficient milk,

    mastitis, Rh factor.

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    Element 3

Teach a foal or weanling to accept a halter and lead in accordance with stable procedure.

Performance criteria

3.1 Foal or weanling is handled sufficiently to enable handler to approach the foal or

    weanling and calmly restrain in a well fitting halter.

3.2 The foal or weanling is restrained in a halter and taught to obey commands.

    Range may include but is not limited to walk, halt, turn, walk through

    gates, walk into stable, walk into crush, lift feet.

3.3 Methods are used to encourage an unresponsive foal or weanling to remain

    calm while being lead.

    Range may include but is not limited to britching rope, tail rope, helper.

Element 4

Implement a health care programme for a foal and monitor its health.

Performance criteria

4.1 Description of health care outlines the importance of the foal receiving adequate

    amounts of colostrum.

4.2 Methods implemented to assist parasite control are in accordance with stable

    procedures.

    Range wash udder and vulva post foaling, drench mare pre foaling,

    drench programme for foal from four weeks.

4.3 Primary vaccination and booster schedule is drawn up and implemented in

    consultation with the veterinarian to prevent infectious disease.

    Range tetanus, strangles, salmonella.

4.4 Checking of teeth identifies sharp points, and is carried out in a manner which is

    safe for the foal and the handler.

4.5 Description of foot problems outlines the importance of early attention to feet.

4.6 Problems likely to occur after 12 hours of age are identified and action is taken

    in the best interests of the foal and in accordance with stable procedures.

    Range may include but is not limited to retained meconium, infectious

    diseases, persistent urachus, haemolytic disease, foal heat scours.

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    Element 5

Feed the foal to obtain maximum potential growth.

Performance criteria

5.1 A supplementary feed is formulated, introduced and monitored to enable the

    foal to achieve maximum growth, balancing availability of milk from the mare

    with the amount of supplementary feed provided.

    Range creep feeding, supplementary both mare and foal.

Element 6

Document foal pedigree, and wean a foal from a mare.

Performance criteria

6.1 Pedigree documentation is completed in accordance with breed society rules

    and regulations, and stable procedures.

    Range may include but is not limited to brand, hair sampling, micro

    chipping, blood typing, physical description, markings.

6.2 Foals are weaned in accordance with stable procedures for growth stage.

    Range may include but is not limited to abrupt, one foal only, group

    weaning into stables, paddock weaning by removing mares,

    natural weaning.

Please note

Providers must be accredited by NZQA, or an inter-institutional body with delegated

    authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against

    unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.

Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by NZQA before they can register

    credits from assessment against unit standards.

Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards

    must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.

Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this

    standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The

    AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations

    wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for

    tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.

Comments on this unit standard

Please contact the NZ Equine Industry Training Organisation equineito@xtra.co.nz if you

    wish to suggest changes to the content of this unit standard.

     ? New Zealand Qualifications Authority 2010

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