Step 3 - Sequencing Clinic


Step 3 -- Sequencing Clinic

     Sequencing is an extremely important foundational part of your training. It includes efficient tool and equipment management during trimming; effective and humane horse handling and communication skills; and optimal body positioning of the horse, trimmer and (if participating) handler. Sequencing, in other words, includes those strategically important things that we do that are supportive of the trimmer’s efforts to trim the horse. Sequencing is so important in its own right that it is taught separately from trimming until such time that the student is sufficiently skilled and prepared to bring both together in Step 4 (Live Horse Trim Clinic).

Sequencing Clinicians and Clinic Fees

Step 3 Sequencing clinics may be taught by any ISNHCP Clinician listed on this website (see "Meet Our Clinicians" on the home page), or by any ISNHCP Field Instructor listed on the AANHCP website's Practitioner Locator List.

    Some Step 2 clinics will include sequencing. If sequencing is not taught during your Step 2 cadaver trimming clinics, you must schedule your Sequencing Clinic at a later date with another clinician or your Step 2 clinician. Step 2 clinicians will have their sequencing schedules posted online. The sequencing clinic may be taken at any time after Step 2 is completed. Fees are set by clinicians and may vary by the number of students participating and the number of actual training days per student. Fee is paid directly to the clinician. Do not pay the ISNHCP.

Sequencing video submission

There are a number of requirements here, so read this section thoroughly.  

    Before advancing to Step 4 ("Live Horse Trim Clinic"), you must produce a video for the ISNHCP to evaluate your sequencing skills. In the video, you must be able demonstrate on one horse that you are physically in shape and can sequence according to NHC standards taught by your clinician. You may sequence with a Handler or "free rein" (sequencing without a handler).

     This video is important because the Step 4 Live Horse Trim Clinic will require that your sequencing is confirmed if you are to trim effectively, efficiently and safely while under the horse. Students who cannot sequence to ISNHCP training standards may be required to return to another Step 3 Sequencing Clinic. However, if the ISNHCP's opinion is that only practice is merited, and students can bring their sequencing to standard without further training, the ISNHCP will accept a second sequencing video.

1. Many years of instruction have taught us that sequencing requires practice, practice, practice! For this reason, the ISNHCP will not accept videos filmed at the Step 3 Clinics. Students are required to return home and practice on their own to confirm their sequencing according to NHC standards before preparing and submitting their videos. It is also highly recommended that you practice your sequencing with fellow support group members on a range of different horses. The ISNHCP, of course, does not expect graduate level performance, but does require that the basics of sequencing are both understood and confirmed at the basic level (see #2 below). If students find they are unable to sequence on their own, they should schedule additional training with any authorized ISNHCP sequencing instructor (posted on the ISNHCP website), including your Step 3 sequencing clinician.

2. It is highly recommended that you review sequencing videos with evaluation critiques posted on the ISNHCP Student Facebook page. If a critique is not posted, contact the student and ask for the link to it. If you are a member of an ISNHCP Support Group, study the video evaluations posted there. Whomever is going to shoot your video for you should look at these too so they will know what the ISNHCP needs to see in order to evaluate your performance. If we are unable to see what you are doing, we will not accept the video.

3. Post your video online (on either a private Facebook page or on YouTube. Email a link to the ISNHCP and include the date of your Step 3 clinic as well as the name of your Step 3 Clinician.

4. After submitting your video, register here for the ISNHCP evaluation. After payment has been received, your video will be evaluated by the ISNHCP. Normally, this can take up to a week, but every effort will be made to get it back to you sooner if possible.

5. The ISNHCP will provide a thorough critique of your performance and email it to you. Your ISNHCP Step 2/3 clinician will be included in this email so they will be informed of your progress.

6. If your sequencing is to standard, the ISNHCP will authorize you to proceed to the Step 4 Live Horse Trim Clinic. If you fail the sequencing evaluation, you will be required to register again until you do pass. You cannot move forward with your training until you have met the sequencing requirements. Sequencing is that important to your success as an ISNHCP practitioner. The best way to assure your success is to practice your sequencing as explained above.