Instructors

Horse Safety Australia (previously called Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education) qualifications may be attained in English, Stock or Western disciplines. The system is adaptable to ‘natural horsemanship’ instructors, and those involved in other areas of teaching horsemanship.

Our clinics are especially directed towards those who have worked in the industry and have experience, but who may not have a ‘piece of paper’ to prove they are good operators. Our units are from the SIS10 Sport Fitness and Recreation  Training Package  and are delivered by Sport SA in conjunction with Horse Safety Australia.

Horse Safety Australia qualifications are recognised by the Australian Horse Industry Council, the Safe Work Australia ‘Guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses’ and the education departments in all states (in their guidelines to schools for horse programs involving students).

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Requirements

Instructor Qualifications

 

Requirements

First Aid

A current first aid certificate must be held to qualify for any level of  Horse Safety Australia qualifications. (This can be attained up to 6 months after the clinic).

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Instructor Qualifications

Assistant Instructor

Minimum age 16.  Can assist in a lesson under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor. Includes the basics of Workplace Health and
Safety, basic care and safe handling of horses (including the basics of horse transport), an understanding of the principles of minimal impact,and an ability to walk, trot/jog and canter/lope independently on a beginner level horse.

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Instructor

Minimum age 18, qualified to provide foundational instruction to beginners, with a strong emphasis on risk management, planning and communication.
The instruction at this level includes teaching and supervising riders in groups and/or individually in the areas of mounting, correct position
and control at walk and trot/jog and first canter/lope. Includes the abilities to supervise others around horses, transport horses in floats, apply first
aid for horses (including giving injections) and manage herds in a structured environment.

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Senior Instructor

Instructor (as above and minimum age is 25) plus: an ability to develop riders’ skills with a greater emphasis on horsemanship theory including balance of horse
and rider, form and style, schooling figures, and may include basic jumping through to jumping courses, dressage movements; Western: reining, and other performance
events. This level involves effective teaching techniques which include the use of building blocks and making allowances for different learning styles in groups of riders, a  good understanding herd management, and an understanding of horse conformation and how this relates to performance.

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Clinic Assessor (Arena)

BY INVITATION ONLY
These people must first undertake a clinic themselves so that they understand the process and have proved their commitment to safety around horses. Candidates must be widely experienced in a variety of teaching and management situations. A clinic  assessor (arena) must have an understanding
of horse behaviour, exercises and activities to teach riding skills, knowledge of safety and equipment, knowledge and understanding of risk theory and
the psychology of fear, ability to demonstrate and communicate effectively and assessment /communication skills to assist the rider develop skills
and correct horse behaviour and performance. They must have riding experience at a high level and have the ability to demonstrate skills both on and
off a horse. They require time management and people skills to facilitate a group and ensure positive outcomes from clinics.

Those undertaking the clinic instructor role must have

  • Trainer and Assessor qualifications: TAE40110
  • all the units to be delivered at our clinics
  • working with children clearance
  • an understanding of the VET system including the HSA processes
  • currency in the horse industry
  • and be undertaking ongoing professional development relevant to their HSA role.

In addition to these prerequisites, to become qualified as a Clinic Assessor a candidate must first be recommended/invited to be an Assistant Clinic Assessor, assist at a number of Horse Safety Australia clinics, then be recommended as a full HSA Assessor.

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Insurance

APRA Approved Insurance

HSA recommends (APRA approved) Insurance  which is available through Affinity Insurance Brokers for those holding these qualifications working singly (at home or at other
sites) and for businesses with staff who are Horse Safety Australia instructors. Call  03 8587 7777.

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