About the Practical Skills Activities

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About the Practical Skills Activities

As mentioned in the previous topic, this course uses a “learn-by-doing” approach. Nowhere is that more true than in the Practical Skills component of the course. Please be sure to carefully read and follow the directions in the Completing the Practical Skills section below.

Completing the Practical Skills

In order to complete this course, you will need supervised access to a horse to practice and demonstrate the practical skills outcomes in the Agriculture 2020 curriculum.

Now is a good time to identify an evaluator for the practical skills component. If you are unsure who could do the evaluation, talk to your teacher. Once you have identified an evaluator, inform your teacher.  They will provide the assessment documents to the evaluator, or ask that you provide them.


Be sure to follow all of these steps in order.  This will ensure you are properly credited for your Practical Skills assessment.  Print out this page as a ‘checklist’ to ensure you have completed alll the necessary steps.

  1. Ensure you have supervised access to a horse.
  2. Identify an evaluator (on your own or with the help of your teacher) and inform your teacher of who they are.
  3. Confirm with your teacher who (you or your teacher) will be providing the evaluator with the assessment documents (“AGR 2020 Practical Skills Assessment Sheet” and “The Horse Health Check Checklist”).
  4. Confirm with your evaluator that they have the above documents well before the assessment.
  5. Download and print out the Practical Skills Documents using the links located at the bottom of this page.  Here’s how you use each.
    1. The Horse Health Check Information Guide accompanies the Horse Health Check Checklist. This handy guide explains the horse health check and walks you through the process. You do NOT need to submit this.
    2. The Horse Health Check Checklist: You (the student) fill this out during the assessment.
    3. The AGR 2020 Practical Skills Assessment Sheet: You fill out Section 1, the Evaluator fills out Section 2.
  6. Copy the information you wrote on the printed forms into the electronic versions of the documents.
  7. Send the electronic versions to your evaluator by email. Include your teacher’s email address in the CC field of your email so that they get a copy to verify your answers.
  8. Once your evaluator has completed and signed the Practical Skills Assessment Sheet, they should email it to your teacher.

Practical Skills Documents for Download

Download and use these documents when doing your practical assessment.

  1. Horse Health Check Information Guide
  2. Horse Health Check
  3. AGR 2020 Practical Skills Assessment Sheet (for the evaluator)

The Horse Health Check documents are provided courtesy of University of Guelph. Used by kind permission.

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