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

    Some Step 2 clinics will include sequencing. If sequencing is not taught during your Step2 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 1 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 clinic standards taught by your clinician and explained in the Training Manual. 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 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. 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. Go here to see an example of an acceptable video submission on Facebook. [Sequencing in video is demonstrated by ISNHCP Field Instructor Joel Means (Texas/USA).]

3. Submit your video according to instructions on page 118 of the Training Manual.

4. After submitting your video, make payment 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 your as soon as possible.

5. The ISNHCP will create a critique of your performance and email it to you.

6. If your sequencing is to standard, the ISNHCP will authorize you to proceed to Step 4 Live Horse Trim Clinic.

7. Last, you are required to email your performance critique, and the url link to your video, to your Step 2, Step 3, and Step 4 Clinicians. The ISNHCP will not do this for you. Please take note that your Step 4 clinician is not authorized to schedule or conduct the clinic until they have received this video critique from you.