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Fact Sheet

This is an informational sheet that will help you with the hows and whys of the UVM Horse Barn. These items are not in any particular order. 

PLEASE, DO NOT WALK OR RIDE HORSES SOUTH OF THE HORSE BARN:  We share the farm with lots of cows, goats and cars, so please graze, walk and ride your horse in the field west of the barn, along the hillside between the barn and upper pastures, and around the outdoor arena. The farm crew likes to keep the farm looking nice for all of the visitors so please pick up manure promptly. 

TURNOUT: We have 12 grass paddocks on the north side of the barn. These paddocks are fenced with electric rope. Horses are allowed out in them, as long as somebody responsible for the horses is on the grounds in case of an emergency. No more than three horses will be allowed per paddock, except in the lower larger pastures. We have found it easier to keep the horses in the same groups; it cuts down on the 'fighting'. These groups will be formed after all of the horses have arrived and we have tried them out in different groups. Mostly, the sexes are separated for turnout. 

No nylon halters are to be worn in the pastures or in the stalls.  If your horse is difficult to catch, it can wear a leather or a safety halter in the pasture. Generally, halters are taken off in the pasture and hung by the paddock gates.

HORSE WATCH: Since someone must be on the farm in order for the horses to be turned out, we have implemented 'horse watch'. This consists of breaking up the weekdays into hour slots and the weekends into four-hour slots, which are to be filled by people in the barn. Two barn members turn horses out at 9am and bring them in at 4pm. The hours during the middle of the day are dedicated to checking on the horses every half hour, providing them with water (and hay in the winter) and cleaning and preparing the barn. The hours per week that each person must do is decided upon at the first barn meeting. Failure to show up for your assigned time(s) will result in an unexcused absence(s) and a written warning. Three warnings during an academic year could result in removal from the Horse Barn Cooperative.

VACATION WATCH: Over the Thanksgiving, winter and spring break vacations, two barn members will take care of all the horses in the barn. Each barn member will do a total of 7 days of vacation watch. Horses must be cared for exactly the same way they are cared for during the semester, including adhering to the normal feeding, watering and turnout times. It is expected that all chores will be done and horses taken care of before you work any horses.

NIGHT CHECK: Everyone will be responsible for signing up with a partner for one night check per week. Night check consists of filling water buckets, giving night hay (left outside the stalls), sweeping the aisles and making sure the horses are settled for the night.  

SHAVINGS: We bed the stalls with shavings, which are brought in by the truckload and kept in the shed at the southeast corner of the barn. Each person is allowed to use five level grey wheelbarrow loads or three level orange wheelbarrow loads per week at no extra charge. If you need more than that (very few people need more) you will have to pay extra board.

CHORES: Everyone is expected to clean their stalls daily or find a responsible person to do it for them. The barn provides stall and barn cleaning equipment as well as lime for those smelly stalls. Minor upkeep of the barn is our responsibility so please put in the new light bulb or cobweb the aisle or fix the broken board. If you break it, you fix it (or get a new one). We will have periodic barn workdays where everyone is expected to attend and help maintain the barn. 
Please, if you see something that needs to be done, please do it!

WASH RACK: There is a lighted, heat lamp provided indoor wash rack. This is where all bathing, hosing and sponging off of the horses should take place. Please use this area for these things so that we don't have mud everywhere. Clean this area up after use. Do not dump dirty water buckets here as the hay and/or debris will clog the drain.

MANURE BUCKET: There are two green manure buckets in the center alleyway of the barn (by the phone) that are to be used for cleaning up messes in the aisle (such as manure or what you sweep up). Please empty them in the manure pit if they are full.

CROSS TIES: There are four sets of cross ties in each aisle. No ground tying is allowed. If the barn is crowded, however, please use common courtesy. Horses can be tacked up in the stall, or if you are cleaning out your stall and you can't clean with your horse in there, put it in another stall so someone else can use the cross ties. Please note, all Animal and Veterinary Sciences classes get first priority. Please give up the cross ties to these groups before they have to ask you to move. We must remember that the barn is a place for learning!  Also, remember to sweep up your mess after using the cross ties for grooming.

BOARD MONEY: Board is due at the beginning of every month. Your $300 board fee needs to be put in the board money envelope by midnight on the first of every month or given to a member of the Executive Committee. (Checks are to be made to the UVM; cash is not accepted.) Again, a $5.00 fee will be charged for each day that it is late. A $50 stall deposit is due upon your horse's arrival.

HAY: Hay is kept at the west end of the barn and in the overhead loft. Please open one bale at a time. There is a knife or scissors to cut the baling twine (please keep the blade retracted when not in use) and throw the twine in the garbage. The amount you feed is limited to six flakes a day. Please don't waste it.

GRAIN: The grain fed at UVM comes from Guys Farm and Yard in Williston. We typically provide a range of feeds, so you should be able to find something that works for your horse. The barn will provide up to six quarts of feed per horse per day; you will pay $6 a month for every quart over the allowed six. Supplements are not provided in the board fee. The barn does provide salt blocks.

FEEDING: Morning feeding will be performed by the Executive Committee Members so all you need to do is leave your horse's morning grain on the shelf in the grain room and make sure that your requested hay amount is posted on your horse's stall door. The afternoon feeding is part of horse watch duties. Please dump your water buckets in the grass to the west of the barn.

STALL GUARDS: Stall guards are not allowed. We have many visitors in the barn and need to keep the people and horses safe.

WORMING:  You will be asked to collect a fecal sample from your horse upon his/her arrival; this sample will be submitted for a fecal egg count to determine our horse's overall parasite burden. Every horse will be dewormed upon arrival with a broad spectrum dewormer, then dewormed again in the spring. If your horse carries a heavy parasite load, then you will need to deworm him/her more frequently. You will need to write that you have dewormed your horse in the medications binder. You must purchase the deworming medication from the barn and add it onto  your board fee for that month.

BARN VETTING: Every spring and fall we have barn vaccinations. We suggest that all horses receive the vaccines recommended by local veterinarians. At a minimum, horses must receive a yearly rabies vaccine and provide proof of a negative Coggins test. Spring and fall vaccination days will be set up by a member of the Executive Committee.

TACK: The barn has a heated/air-conditioned tack room that has one tack box/locker and saddle rack. You may bring more saddles and store them in the hayloft. Your tack trunk can be neatly stored in the hay loft. There are hooks available to store a maximum of two winter blankets at the west end of the barn; extra blankets can be stored in the hayloft.

RIDING: A 100' x 200' fenced outdoor sand ring is located to the east of the barn. We also have an indoor 70' x 168' ring with rubber and sand footing. Gates must be closed when riding.

Please use common sense when riding. Helmet with full harnesses are required to be worn by anyone who is riding. All barn participants must have signed a release form before working with the horses or riding. You are responsible for having your friends or family sign a risk release form before they ride a horse in the barn. These are the University's rules so please follow them!

SHOEING: It is your responsibility to have your horse shod. Many boarders use the same farriers and get onto the same schedule. Upon arrival, recommendations can be made. Please note that NO BORIUM is allowed on the hind feet of any horse.

MEETINGS: All barn meetings are mandatory. We meet in the tack room at 4:45pm every Monday during the semester. If you cannot attend a meeting because of illness or an emergency, it is your responsibility to notify the Horse Barn Faculty Advisor and Executive Committee. Three unexcused absences can result in dismissal from the UVM Horse Barn. 

LAST PERSON OUT: It is the responsibility of the last person out of the barn (even during the day, if you're not sure when the next person is coming) to lock everything up. Please do the following things at night before leaving:

  1. Make sure that all horses are in and have been taken care of--if questionable, call the owner!
  2. Turn off the radio.
  3. Shut the grain room and bathroom doors (close all grain bin lids)
  4. Put up the boards at all openings of the barn (warm and cold weather).
  5. Close and lock doors to the indoor arena.
  6. Turn off all lights (make sure arena lights, hay loft lights and grain room lights are off).
  7. Lock tack room - both doors.
  8. Plug in gator.
  9. Close barn doors (in cold weather only).

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 Revised 9/05/07
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Last modified April 27 2016 10:51 AM

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