RUE Episode 33: Horses and Sequencing

Horses and Sequencing! What do those have to do with each other, and how does this improve my English? Your question couldn’t be better. In this episode, we introduce Unit 2, which has the theme of Animals. We opened the unit with two episodes on Horses, and in Episode 33, we sequence the steps in preparing a horse to ride. Much of this episode was produced in the field, which makes it relevant to the current theme.

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Episode 33

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Video Clips used in Episode 33

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Language Objectives

Sequencing Skills:

We used the activity of preparing a horse for a riding session to learn or practice using English to sequence action.

The steps were to brush the horse, check its hooves, put on a saddle blanket, add a saddle, and tighten the girth on the saddle for a snug fit.

After the basic sequencing of steps, we ramped up our language level to go beyond the basic use of: first, then, next, and finally.  See the instructional materials below.

Academic Content Objectives

Science: Apply general information about an animal to practical experience (Considerations in preparing a horse for riding). Agriculture: Explain how to apply horse care principles to riding a horse with a western saddle. Identify the different gaits of horseback riding.


Alex McGlassen: Videography

Gary Mark Roberts: Videography

Denise Ross: Location

Materials in Episode 33

Sequencing in English
Sequencing is to put actions in the correct order. As seen in the video, the first step demonstrated was to groom the horse. Hence, we begin with that step.
After the first step, the words “next” and “then” are used to sequence the intermediate steps.
Horseback riding
We use the word “finally” to indicate the last step in the sequence.
Ramping Up your English
The word ‘before” can be used to show the order of a step. We can also use the words “begin by” to indicate the first step in a sequence.
John Letz
The word “after” can locate a step within a sequence, transitioning to the next sequential step.
Using the words “prior to” is a higher-level manner establishing sequence.The w
The word “after” is also helpful in communicating sequence.

Next Episode

 See Episode 34 to learn about vocabulary related to horses and some thiughts from people who own and ride horses.