Step 4 - Live Horse Trim Clinic

Step 4 — Live Horse Trim Clinic

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     Upon approval of the Step 3 Sequencing Video from the ISNHCP, students will advance to a one or two-day intensive "Introduction to Trimming Live Horses" clinic. In this Step 4 Clinic, students will marry their Step 1 academics, Step 2 cadaver trimming skills, and Step 3 sequencing techniques.

     This is a one-on-one training session with your clinician. Unless you have had previous trimming experience, it is likely that you may need multiple clinic days to successfully complete this training step. Discuss this with your clinician in advance of the clinic. Your clinician will also be reviewing your Step 2 and Step 3 clinic reports to help you make a decision on how many days you should plan on.

    The clinician will guide you through all the sequencing and trimming steps on one or more horses. If, in the clinician's opinion, you are unable to trim at least one horse for any reason by the end of this clinic you are required by the ISNHCP to schedule additional Step 4 clinic time until such time as you are ready. The clinician's decision will be included in their training report filed with the ISNHCP. Typical reasons for failing the Step 4 clinic may include any of the following:

  • Physically unable to sequence because you have not kept in shape since Step 3.
  • Forgot how to measure hooves.
  • Unable to trim according to guidelines because you forgot what you were taught.
  • Don't use the appropriate tools for any given hoof structure.
  • Unable to manage your horse due to poor communication skills with horse.
  • Will not or are unable to follow your clinician's instructions when given.
  • Not equipped with all the required tools and equipment.
  • Do not fill out required data forms (see below).
  • Arrive late, leave early, or don't show up for any reason.

Step 4 Clinicians and Clinic Fee

 Step 4 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.

     Fees are set by individual clinicians, and will vary based on whether or not there are one or two students in the clinic.  As in previous steps, students must query our clinicians regarding their clinic schedules. Payment is made directly to the Step 4 clinician. Do not pay the ISNHCP.

There are a number of requirements for Step 4, so read this section thoroughly.

Measuring and Data Forms

    Submission of measurement data with the ISNHCP is required in this clinic. It is your responsibility to come with multiple copies of the Step 4 Data Form, depending on the number of horses you will be trimming. Bring pencils (rather than ink pens) to record your data. Clipboards are highly recommended.
      • Download the Step 4 Data Form here.
      • Download instructions for Calibrating your HMR for deformed hooves here.

          Sequencing & trimming video requirements

          Following this clinic, you must submit a video to the ISNHCP that demonstrates your proficiency in combined sequencing and trimming on one horse in order to continue on to the field mentorships. Follow the same submission guidelines for the Step 3 Video Evaluation. The video will be evaluated by the ISNHCP and a critique will be provided to you as before by email.

            As with your Step 3 video submission, this video confirmation of capability is also very important because your Step 5 Mentorships are intended to expand upon this foundation. Your Field Instructors will be putting you under a range of horses with a diversity of hoof proportions. Your task will be to adapt the natural trim guidelines you learned to each hoof -- an impossible task if your sequencing skills and ability to wield tools according to guidelines are not confirmed. Students who cannot perform to ISNHCP standards may be required to return to another Step 3 or Step 4 Clinic, or both.
              Post your Step 4 video online (on either a private Facebook page or YouTube). Email a link to the ISNHCP and include the Step 4 Clinic date (and video date if completed on different dates) as well as the name of your Step 4 Clinician. You are not required to make your video at your Step 4 Clinic. You may need additional practice time on your own before making it. Nor is your Clinician required to be present at the time your video is being made, although this is preferable if possible and you are ready. However, the ISNHCP will not evaluate a video until your Clinician has filed their Step 4 report with the ISNHCP telling us that your trim meets our natural trim guidelines. When you are ready, provide your video link and then register here for your Step 4 Video Evaluation.
                The ISNHCP evaluates your video and confirms that you are ready to proceed to the Step 5 mentorships. As with your Step 3 Video Evaluation, your clinicians and field instructors will receive copies of your Step 4 evaluation. If you fail your Step 4 Video Evaluation, you will be required to practice further and register again with a new video to fulfill this requirement.