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HORSE GUIDING QUALIFICATIONS

Horse guides are guides who are operating as a nature guide specialising in guiding from horseback. The horse guide has already attained a FGASA nature guiding qualification (Level 1, 2 or 3) and the horse guide who is operating in Dangerous game areas must have also attained the FGASA Trails Guide qualification. The objective of these qualifications is to equip existing guides with the skills required to conduct a horse trail through the natural environment and to care for their horses properly.

In South Africa, equine and equestrian qualifications are issued by EQASA (the Equestrian Qualifications Authority of SA) and nature guiding qualifications are available through FGASA. In order to be a professional horse guide, a candidate needs to acquire skills in both fields. FGASA and EQASA have joined forces to provide qualifications and promote professionalism in the horse guiding industry.

If you are an experienced horse guide, currently or previously working in the horse safari or horse trails industry and can submit proof of your competence, you can apply to FGASA to be RPL‟d (Recognition of prior learning) at the level at which you have experience. Please note the special requirements for dangerous game areas.
 


HOW DO I OBTAIN THE EQASA QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Log on to the EQASA website at www.sanip.org.za
  2. Register with EQASA and pay your annual membership fee of R200 per year. This will give you access to the website, the EQASA syllabus, applications for exams, services and all other information.
  3. If you believe you are competent through work experience at the required level, you may apply to EQASA for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning). Follow the procedure on the website for RPL and pay the relevant fee.
  4. If you want to apply to be examined at either Module 1,2, 3, 4 or 5, follow the procedure on the website for applying for examination dates and pay the examination fees.
  5. Candidates must have a valid Level 1 First Aid certificate.

ASSISTANT HORSE GUIDE (NON-DANGEROUS GAME)

The guide who attains this qualification will be able to work as an Assistant Horse Guide with a horse trail operation.
At this level the guide:
• Is operating as a qualified nature guide specialising in horse guiding as an Assistant Horse Guide.
• Has the basic knowledge considered essential to legally work as an Assistant Horse Guide.
• Has been declared competent against the requirements of the Unit Standard 265055: Develop riding proficiency and basic schooling of horses.
• Has been declared competent against the requirements of a FGASA Nature guiding certificate and the Assistant Horse Guiding certificate.
• Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certificate.


HOW DO I GET A FGASA ASSISTANT HORSE-GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

Once you have attained either a FGASA Local guide, Level 1, 2 or 3 nature guiding qualification you are eligible to work towards the FGASA Assistant Horse Guiding Qualification.
You are required to be practically declared competent for the following Unit Standard 265055: Develop riding proficiency and basic schooling of horses as well as the EQASA Modules 1 & 2.
You will be assessed by a qualified assessor for the Unit Standard 265055.
Once you have been declared competent for both of the above, then you will be awarded the FGASA Assistant Horse Guiding Qualification.
There is no FGASA practical assessment for the Assistant Horse Guiding qualification.


WHAT LEARNING MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THE ASSISTANT HORSE GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

The following learning materials are compulsory:

1. The relevant EQASA Horse Guiding Learning materials for Modules 1 & 2
2. The Horse Guide Learner Manual – Wendy Adams, Jill du Preez & Grant Hine


 
 


LEAD HORSE GUIDING (NON-DANGEROUS GAME)

The guide who attains this qualification will be able to conduct a guided horse riding experience as a lead guide on a horse trail.
At this level the guide:
  • Is operating as a qualified nature guide specialising in horse guiding as a lead horse guide in non-dangerous game areas.
  • Has the knowledge considered essential to conduct a horse guided experience as a FGASA Lead Horse Guide in non-dangerous game areas.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of the EQASA Module 3 - Certificate of Horsemastership and Module 4 – Certificate of Horsemastership & Preliminary Riding instruction.
  • Has logged 260 days of practical experience of stable management and trail riding as an assistant horse guide.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of a FGASA nature guiding certificate.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of the FGASA Lead Horse guiding certificate (Non-dangerous game areas):

o Prepare horses and clients for a trail ride of up to one day
o Conduct a horse trail of up to one day

  • Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certificate

HOW DO I GET A FGASA LEAD HORSE-GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

Once you have attained the FGASA Assistant Horse guiding qualification you are eligible to work towards the FGASA Lead Horse Guiding Qualification.
You are required to attain the following through an EQASA training provider or through self-study:
EQASA Module 3: Certificate of Horsemastership
EQASA Module 4:
  • Certificate of Horsemastership & preliminary riding instruction
  • You will be assessed by an EQASA qualified assessor for the EQASA Module 3 and 4.
  • Once you have been declared competent for the EQASA Module 3 and 4 and have logged 260 days of practical experience of stable management and trail riding as an assistant horse guide, then you are eligible to be assessed by FGASA for:
  • Prepare horses and clients for a trail ride of up to one day
  • Conduct a horse trail of up to one day
The practical Assessment will be explained to you in detail by your assessor in the pre-assessment brief. The assessor will make sure that you know what you will be assessed on so you can prepare yourself for this assessment. (Refer to the FGASA Horse Guiding Learner Support Pack for details.) Payment for your practical assessment is made directly to the assessor and does not come via the FGASA office.
Once you have been declared competent for the Lead Horse Guide practical assessment you will have attained the FGASA Lead Horse Guide Qualification.


WHAT LEARNING MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THE INTERMEDIATE HORSE GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

The following learning materials are compulsory:
1. The Horse Guide Learner Manual - Wendy Adams, Jill du Preez, Grant Hine
2. The BHS Complete Manual of Stable Management (EQASA)

Recommended reading list
  • The Threshold Guide to Lungeing – Book #36
  • SANEF Notes on Business Management (Viv Woollon)
  • A Guide to the Animal Diseases in South Africa – Horses, Donkeys and Mules (Pamela Oberon)
  • The Complete Equine Veterinary Manual (T&M Pavord)
  • The Principles of Riding (Official Handbook of the German National Equestrian Federation)
  • The BHS Instructors Manual for Teaching Riding (Islay Auty)
     


ADVANCED HORSE GUIDING (NON-DANGEROUS GAME AREAS)

TThe guide who attains this qualification will be able to conduct a guided horse riding experience as an Advanced Lead Guide on a horse trail.
At this level the guide:
  • Is operating as a qualified nature guide specialising in horse guiding as a lead horse guide in non-dangerous game areas.
  • Has the knowledge considered essential to conduct a horse guided experience as a FGASA Lead Horse Guide in non-dangerous game areas.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of the EQASA Module 5 – Certificate of Horsemastership, Horsemanship & riding instruction – Level 1.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of a FGASA nature guiding certificate.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of the FGASA Lead Horse guiding certificate (Non-dangerous game areas): Conduct and manage a multi-day horse trail
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of a FGASA nature guiding certificate and the Advanced Lead Horse guiding certificate (Non-dangerous game areas).
  • Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certificate.
     


FGASA DANGEROUS GAME ASSISTANT HORSE GUIDE

After having attained experience as a FGASA Advanced Lead Horse Guide and having attained the FGASA VPDA Certificate, the FGASA Dangerous Game Assistant Horse Guide certificate enables the guide to now operate as an assistant to gain experience guiding on horseback in dangerous game areas. The idea behind this is to learn from a Dangerous Game Lead Horse Guide for 1 year (260 days) of active horse guiding experience in a dangerous game area.
At this level the guide:
  • Is operating as a qualified Horse Trails Guide specialising as an assistant horse guide in dangerous game areas.
  • Has knowledge considered essential to conduct a horse guided experience in dangerous game areas as a FGASA Assistant Horse Guide.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of a FGASA VPDA Certificate and the Advanced Lead Horse Guide (non-dangerous game) qualification.
  • Has the required SASSETA and FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling certificate if s/he is going to be carrying a rifle to conduct horse guided experiences in dangerous game areas.
  • Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certificate.
     


FGASA DANGEROUS GAME LEAD HORSE GUIDE

The guide who attains this qualification will be able to guide clients on a safe, well conducted horseback excursion with the intention to view animals which are potentially dangerous, with efficiency and maximum safety to the guests, the horses and themselves. The guide who attains this qualification will be able to conduct a guided horse riding experience as a lead guide on a horse trail in areas of dangerous animals.

Once the individual has attained 1 year (260 days) of guiding experience as an assistant horse guide in dangerous game areas (at least two of the Big 5), s/he is eligible to be assessed for the FGASA Dangerous Game Lead Horse Guide qualification.
At this level the guide:
  • Is operating as a qualified Horse Trails Guide specialising as a lead guide in dangerous game areas.
  • Has knowledge considered essential to conduct a horse guided experience in dangerous game areas as a FGASA Lead Horse Guide.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of a FGASA VPDA Certificate and the Dangerous Game Horse guide theoretical and practical assessment.

o Conduct a guided experience on horseback to view potentially dangerous animals

  • Has the required SASSETA and FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling Certificate if s/he is going to be carrying a rifle to conduct horse guided experiences in dangerous game areas.
  • Has logged 260 days active guiding experience as an assistant horse-guide in dangerous game areas.
  • Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certificate.

HOW DO I GET A FGASA DANGEROUS GAME LEAD HORSE GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

Once you have attained either a FGASA Local guide, Level 1, 2 or 3 nature guiding qualification, the FGASA Dangerous Game Assistant Horse Guiding Qualification and the FGASA VPDA Certificate or the Trails guide qualification you can apply to be practically assessed for the FGASA Dangerous Game Lead Horse guide.
The practical assessment for the Dangerous Game Lead Horse Guiding qualification is carried out by a registered FGASA assessor in a dangerous game horse guiding area of your choice. You will need to take the assessor on a guided horseback experience in a relevant dangerous game area of your choice (with or without paying clients), preferably with clients.
The practical assessment will be explained to you in detail by your assessor in the pre-assessment brief. The assessor will make sure that you know what you will be assessed on so that you can prepare yourself for this assessment. (Refer to the FGASA Horse Guiding Learner Support Pack for details.) Payment for your practical assessment is made directly to the assessor and does not come via the FGASA office.
Once you have been declared competent for the Dangerous Game Lead Horse Guiding practical assessment you will have attained the FGASA Dangerous Game Lead Horse Guiding Qualification.
 


WHAT LEARNING MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THE ADVANCED HORSE GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

The following learning materials are compulsory:
1. The Horse Guide Learner Manual - Wendy Adams, Jill du Preez & Grant Hine
2. The FGASA Horse Guiding Workbook

The following Dangerous game learning materials:
1. The Trails Guide Manual – Grant Hine
2. Beat about the Bush (Mammals) – Trevor Carnaby
3. A photographic guide to Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa – L. Liebenberg



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