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Student Management

Daily maintenance of the Stables is performed by the members of the Co-op. Each individual is responsible for contributing to the care of the horses and of the facility. In this way, Co-op members develop a sense of ownership for the program and become deeply invested in even the seemingly trivial aspects of its operation. For those members who have not cared for horses in the past, it is an opportunity to learn and practice animal husbandry. To ensure that all Co-op members are adequately prepared to participate safely, new members are considered “Assistants” for their first year. During this year, Assistants are required to participate in the Assistant's Course program that provides them with the supervision and resources necessary to become competent Co-op members. Co-op members who have successfully completed the Assistant's Course program are referred to as “Instructors” regardless of whether they teach.

Management of the facility and its programs is carried out by a group of Co-op members referred to as the Barn Staff. Using the principles of consensus, these students work collaboratively to guide Co-op discussions and make decisions for the program based on wide consultation with its members. Barn Staff members are selected for one-year terms that follow the calendar year beginning in January. Each member serves in a specific role as follows:

Barn Manager

The Barn Manager oversees the general management of the facility, horses and cooperative by working closely with its members and the College administration.

Horse Care Manager

The Horse Care Manager oversees the general health and maintains the care of the Earlham school horses, working closely with the veterinarian and farrier

Barn Director

The Barn Director oversees the program's budget, contracts with grain and hay suppliers, bills boarders, and consults with the accounting staff of the College.

Barn Correspondent

The Barn Correspondent promotes public relations, giving tours of the barn, documenting Co-op meetings, and communicating with our alumni group (Friends of Earlham College Stables).

Lesson Coordinator

The Lesson Coordinator schedules work times and lesson times for Co-op members and lesson students, working closely with the registrar and the Wellness department.


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