University of Vermont

UVM Horse Barn Coop Application

Application to the UVM Horse Barn

This application is due April 1st

As a rough guide, most barn members spend about two hours a day at the barn (including cleaning their stall, doing assigned chores, doing 3-4 hours of “horse watch” a week and riding), as well as attending weekly barn meetings, weekly “night checks” with a partner, 2-3 “weekend watches” per semester, and participate in fall and spring barn events. Barn members will complete 7 days of vacation watch during the academic year; vacation watch days include Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks. Additionally, barn members are required to sign up for ASCI 021, “Horse Barn Cooperative,” each semester that their horse is in the barn. Barn members meet weekly on Monday evenings to discuss current events in the barn and other need-to-know issues; we also meet fortnightly after barn meeting as a class to discuss practical equine applications. We expect co-op members to rearrange their academic schedule to make room for meetings and co-op class (Monday 4:45 - 6:00 pm). These meetings are fundamental to assuring good communication in the barn. We understand that your academic schedule and family emergencies are a priority over your duties as a barn member. However, if you choose to be a part of the cooperative, your barn duties take priority over jobs. Please honestly evaluate this time commitment before applying to the horse barn.

Along with this application, please include a written essay (maximum 2 pages) telling the UVM Horse Barn students and advisors how you and your horse will make a contribution to the cooperative and what the term “cooperative barn” means to you. Please provide us with an example of when you took on a large responsibility and how you handled it.

As part of your application process, it is highly recommended that you contact a member of the UVM Horse Barn Executive Committee and arrange to spend one day either during the week or over a weekend working with that member at the UVM Horse Barn before April 1st. Please call either 802-862-2151 or 802-656-0144 to get contact details for an Executive Committee member.  Prior to working in the barn, you or a parent (if you are under 18 years) must sign a risk release form that is found at the end of this application.

With the submission of this application you are agreeing to abide by the terms outlined in the UVM Horse Barn Constitution Horse Barn Facts. Please read this material online at


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