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

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

     This confirmation of capability is important because the Step 4 Live Horse Trim Clinic will require that sequencing is confirmed if students are to trim effectively, efficiently and safely while under the horse. Guidelines for the video submission are included in your Student Training Manual.

     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).]

     Video submission instructions can be found on page 118 of the Training Manual.

     After submitting your video, make payment here for the ISNHCP evaluation.

     Students who cannot sequence to ISNHCP training standards may be required to return to another Step 3 Sequencing Clinic. If, in the ISNHCP's opinion, only practice is merited, and the student can bring their sequencing to standard without further training, they may petition the ISNHCP to accept a second video at a later date.