Horse boarding

Bringing your horse to Earlham means keeping your equine friend in a beautiful facility within walking distance of your dorm room—all at an affordable rate, and often with the opportunity to complete additional barn work to reduce board fees.

Community members are welcome to apply to board at the stables, with or without Co-op membership. It is important for prospective community boarders to be aware of the stall priority policy that places them at last priority for a stall each year. Community members interested in bringing a horse to the stables should contact the barn manager.

Co-op member board (for students and community members)$305/month
Non co-op partial care board (for community members)$395/month for partial care (Co-op does everything except clean the stalls)
Non co-op full care board (for community members)$450/month

School horses

Loved by many for lessons, team practice or recreation, and affectionately referred to as “Schoolies,” these are our school horses.

Our Schoolies are not owned by the Stables, but free-leased from private owners for the school year. If you would like to consider sending your horse to college as a Schoolie, please review our free lease information and contact the horse care manager.

Interested in becoming a boarder?

After your admission to Earlham, please send your confirmation deposit to the Office of Admissions immediately. We cannot accept your horse application until you are a confirmed student. Once you have confirmed your acceptance to Earlham and submitted your deposit, follow the steps below to become a boarder:

  1. Complete the horse application and email it to the barn staff at [email protected] You may type your responses into the body of an email, attach a text document, or attach a pdf or image file of a handwritten application. The deadline for horse applications is in May each year. On that date, the stall priority policy will go into effect. After that date, it’s not too late to send in your application. If the barn is not full, you may still be able to get a stall!
  2. The barn staff will contact you in response to your application. The application is primarily a tool for barn staff to ensure that we can meet the needs of your horse. They very infrequently turn horses away. We are not able to meet the needs of stallions, pregnant mares, foals, weanlings or dangerous horses, and we may not be able to meet the needs of very young horses.
  3. During the summer, the barn manager will send you a boarding contract and information packet. Please sign this and send it back.

Congratulations! You are now a boarder at Earlham College stables. Learn about next steps for your arrival and responsibilities.

Planning your horse’s arrival

Your horse will need to have a current (within one year) negative Coggins in order to get off the trailer at the Stables. If you are trailering in from out of state, you will also need a current Health Certificate (within one month). Since these are easy to forget on the way out the door, we encourage you to send copies (not the originals, please) of each to the Barn Manager before your arrival. Please remember that you are responsible for confirming that the paperwork has arrived before your horse does.

Horses may begin arriving at the Stables on the day that housing opens. Please notify Barn Staff as early as possible of your horse’s arrival date and time, so that they can arrange for someone to welcome you into the barn! If you need to make any kind of special arrangements, please contact Barn Staff and keep them up to date on your plans.

Sometimes our horses have more stuff than we do, but please keep in mind that you’ll be sharing a tack room with at least ten other horses! You will have space for one tack trunk, one bridle rack, and one saddle rack as well as a small cubby. We provide some of the essentials:

  • Two buckets
  • Two bucket hooks or hangers
  • Grain feeder
  • Tie rings
  • Salt block
  • Pitchforks and wheelbarrows for mucking
  • Saddle rack and bridle hook in our boarder tack room

You may want to bring:

  • a few days’ worth of the feed your horse is used to
  • a salt block (if you prefer a specific kind)
  • your tack
  • feed supplements
  • a waterproof blanket
  • any other equipment your horse needs
  • a box or trunk to store your tack and equipment

Responsibilities and privileges

As a boarder in a co-op you are responsible for your horse each day. Horses get turned out by Co-op together with school horses (unless the boarder specifies otherwise), and boarders must make sure that their:

  • stall is mucked each day.
  • buckets are reasonably clean.
  • horse is fed appropriately.
  • horse receives regular hoof and veterinary care as necessary.
  • horse is not stalled for more than 72 consecutive hours.

As a boarder, you are responsible for the behavior of your horse. If your horse exhibits dangerous behavior and is unsafe for co-op members, they may be placed on restricted handling. (See our dangerous horse policy.) You, as the boarder, will be the only person permitted to handle the horse and work towards addressing the problem. If there is no improvement after a set period of time and your horse continues to be a danger to Co-op members, your horse may be asked to leave the program. You would also be held financially responsible for any damage that your horse caused to the facility.

All of our horses are turned out during the day between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. unless there is dangerous weather, though boarders who prefer 24-hour turnout may specify that for their horse as well. Above 65% chance of thunderstorms or below a real-feel temperature of 20 degrees F, horses stay inside. You may put your horse on “extreme pasture” lists for storms and/or for cold. Horses on the extreme pasture list for storms are turned out regardless of chance of storm, unless it is actively storming. Those on the extreme pasture list for cold are turned out regardless of temperature. When the real-feel temperature is below 0 degrees F, we have a locked door policy where all horses are blanketed and no horses may be turned outside.

Your stall will have a dry erase sign where you will indicate the hay that your horse should receive during morning and afternoon shifts. We have a grass hay and a mixed alfalfa-grass hay. We have a selection of horse feed from Tribute. Alternatively, boarders may provide and be responsible for their own hay and grain, as well as additional supplements if the barn’s feed does not meet their needs.

On your door sign, you will also be able to note any accessories that your horse should wear. You may request that the shift workers apply fly spray, sunscreen, a fly mask, boots, etc. The door sign will also include a space for you to write the blanketing specifications for your horse based on the temperature.

The horse care manager will provide wormer for boarders if requested. We have used ivermectin, fenbendazole and pyrantel pamoate in the past.

The Horse Care Manager will announce when our farrier, Greg Owen, will be coming for regular school horse care and give boarders the opportunity to sign up their horses. Boarders are responsible for letting the Horse Care Manager know when their horses need hoof care. The Horse Care Manager will hold boarder horses for the farrier, as long as they are reasonably well behaved, but boarders are also welcome to hold their own horses. If you would like to use a different farrier, please review the Outside Professionals Policy and consult with the Horse Care Manager.

Our vet, Dr. Lance Alexander, operates out of his clinic, East River Equine, only 20 minutes away from our barn. The horse care manager schedules regular appointments at the beginning of the year for fall vaccines and teeth checks, and at the end of the year for spring vaccines, Coggins and health certificates. Those appointments will be announced ahead of time and you will have the opportunity to let the horse care manager know what your horse needs. All horses are required to have standard fall vaccines. (See health policy.) If you would prefer to have your vaccines done before arriving, please consult with the horse care manager.

The horse care manager serves as a liaison between boarders and Dr. Alexander to schedule appointments as necessary throughout the year. Unless there is an immediate emergency and the horse care manager cannot be reached, you are asked to contact the horse care manager before calling Dr. Alexander.

So long as you wear a helmet and do not jeopardize the safety of others, there are no riding restrictions for boarders. You are welcome to use the arenas, including the jumps, and the trails. You are expected to be courteous and thoughtful when sharing the ring with other riders and must ask the instructor before riding in the arena when a lesson, class meeting or clinic is taking place. If you would like to take lessons from an outside instructor, please review the outside professionals policy and consult with barn staff.

More information and resources

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