Horseback Riding Programs and Lessons
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Horseback Riding Programs and Lessons

We specialize in horseback riding lessons and year-round after-school riding programs for young children through advanced riders. Our equestrian programs are run by experienced and certified instructors, from Monday to Thursday - 3:30 to 6pm, and on our own horses and ponies.

We offer year-round private and group riding lessons (7 years old and up) from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm. Junior riding lessons (Link to secondary page) are available for 4 to 6 years old. Parents are welcome to watch their child’s riding lesson in our heated and air-conditioned viewing room.

Come to play in our junior animal science drop-off program and be ready for an adventure that happens every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm at Barn Buddies. A great hands-on program for children who love animals!

On any school holiday or vacation break, we run day programs (9am-3pm) for children and for your convenience, we now offer early drop-off and extended day options (extra fee applies).

Early Release School Days are also available from 1pm to 3pm.

Our popular Summer Program runs from June 16 to August 29 from 9am to 3pm (extended day and early drop-off available). Children will spend a week of fun and learning. They will feed, play and learn how to take care of our barnyard and exotic animals. Each of them will have a daily with a licensed riding instructor (children will be properly paired with both an instructor and a horse, based on their individual riding ability). 

Bring your Boy or Girl Scout Troops to Sweet Meadow Farm to earn a Horse Riding or Animal Badge!

Don’t miss our pony rides every Saturday from 11am to 1pm!

All riders must be dressed appropriately with riding pants, shoes and helmet.

Meet our horses > Frequently Asked Questions


After-school Riding Programs

Monday to Thursday 3:30-6pm.

  • Saddle Club: A program designed for students with little or no riding experience, ages 5 to 10 years old. Runs on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm.

Download Saddle Club flier

  • Advanced Barn Club: A program designed for students who are able to walk, trot and canter on a horse, ages 10 to 15 years old. Runs on Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm.

Download Advanced Barn Club flier

  • All About Ponies: One an a half drop-off class where students will learn how to handle, care for, groom, tack up and ride our well-trained ponies. For ages 4 to 8 years old, runs on Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm.

Download All About Ponies flier

Riders must be dressed appropriately with riding pants, shoes and helmets.

Pizza Party on the first week of each month!


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Riding Lessons

We offer year-round riding lessons for young children (starting at 4 years old) through advanced riders of all ages, from Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm. Please call or email to schedule a lesson.

Private and Group Riding Lessons: 

One hour lesson for adults and children ages 7 and up. Students will spend about 15 minutes tacking up their horse with their instructor, and around 40 minutes riding. They will spend the last 5 minutes untacking and putting away their horse.   > Download Riding Lessons flier

Junior Riding Lessons:

Half an hour lesson for children ages 4 to 6. Students will spend about 10 minutes brushing and saddling their horse. The next 20 minutes are spent riding. After, the rider will be walked back to the viewing room to meet their care giver.   > Download Jr. Riding Lessons flier

All students will meet their instructor in the viewing room. They must be dressed appropriately with riding pants, shoes and helmets. 

Each lesson is customized to the individual's riding level of each rider. In order for us to guarantee you the utmost quality lesson, an evaluation ride is mandatory for all of our clients.

What's an Evaluation Ride? It is an initial first lesson, mandatory for every student. In this lesson, our instructors educate the student - step by step - on the grooming and tacking up process. Then the student is evaluated riding the horse.

Cancellation Policy: Full payment is due the day of your riding lesson. There is no refund to participants who cancel within 24 hours of the lesson. Sweet Meadow Farm does not offer make-up lessons. Considerable time goes into planning lessons with instructors and reserving horses for riders, therefore it is the responsibility of the rider to come to lessons and be on time. In the event that the instructor cancels a lesson, a make-up lesson will be re-scheduled at the convenience of the rider. 


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School Vacations

Sign up for one day or the whole school vacation week!

  • Weekly programs for kids ages 4 to 13 (Pre-K to Middle School), offering hands-on animal science experience, daily one-on-one horseback riding lessons or pony rides, and animal activities.
     
  • We offer three weekly programs:

1. Jr. Barn Buddies

  • Ages 4-8, Monday to Friday 9am-12pm
  • Experience a week of fun and learning feeding, playing, planting a garden and learning how to take care of animals such as Miniature Cows and Horses, Goats, Baby Chicks, Guinea Pigs, Bunnies, Hamsters, Ferret, and more.
  • M-F 9am-12pm - $295 or come just one day for $60

2. Ponies and Pets

  • Ages 4-8, Monday to Friday 9am-3pm
  • Feed breakfast to our barnyard animals, groom and learn how to:
    • walk the miniature horses on a lead line,
    • feed and care for them, and
    • properly hold small animals,
    • create a fun and clean habitat for the little critters.
  • Each student will have a pony ride
  • Meet and greet our Kangaroo, Alpaca, Chinchilla, Peacocks, Guinea Pigs, Bunnies, Birds, Hamsters, Mini Horses, Mini Goats, Mini Pig, Mini Cows, horses and more!
  • M-F 9am-3pm - $425 or come just one day for $85
  • Parents are invited on Fridays from 12:30 to 1pm to see their children's progress.

3. Riding Program

  • Ages 4-13, Monday to Friday 9am-3pm
  • Rotating one-on-one riding lessons. Children will be paired up with a riding instructor as well as a horse for their riding lesson. They will also learn will learn the grooming process as well as how to properly tack up their horses.  
  • Hands-on experience with animals, learning how to take care for barnyard and exotic animals like Miniature Kangaroo, Tortoise, Fallow Baby Deer, Guinea Pigs, Bunnies, Birds, Hamsters, Mini Horses, Mini Goats, Mini Pig, Mini Cow, and more!
  • M-F 9am-3pm - $625 or come just one day for $125
  • Parents are invited on Fridays from 12:30 to 1pm to see their children's progress.

  

Typical Daily Schedule for Riding Program (subject to change):

9:00-9:30  Welcome & feeding the animals
9:30-10:30  Meet and greet our exotic and barnyard animals
10:30-10:45 Snack break (Oreos provided)
10:45-12:00 Fun with the miniature horses
12:00-1:30  Rotating one-on-one riding lesson
1:30-2:00  Lunch (pizza provided, please bring your own otherwise)
2:00-3:00 Students will hold their favorite small animal while watching a horse movie

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Pizza party every day!  
  • Dress appropriately (boots and jeans or riding pants).

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No-School Days

An all school holidays (school closing days) or vacations (December, February, March and April), Sweet Meadow Farm offers a day program for your children. They will feed, play and learn how to take care of friendly farm and exotic animals. Each child will  have a one-on-one horseback riding lesson. SIGN UP NOW!

This drop-off program runs from September to June on scheduled holidays:

  • 9am – 3pm $120/day 

Pizza will be offered for lunch every day, please bring lunch otherwise. Don't forget to dress appropriately (boots and jeans or riding pants). Children must be at least 4 years old to participate (sorry, no exceptions).

Space is limited, so don’t hesitate, sign up today by registering online

Typical Daily Schedule (subject to change):

9:00-9:30  Welcome & feeding the animals
9:30-10:30  Meet and greet our exotic and barnyard animals
10:30-10:45 Snack break (Oreos provided)
10:45-12:00 Fun with the miniature horses
12:00-1:30  Rotating one-on-one riding lesson
1:30-2:00  Lunch (pizza provided, please bring your own otherwise)
2:00-3:00 Students will hold their favorite small animal while watching a horse movie

 

 

 

 

 

Please select the date you will like to sign up for. Thanks.


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Early Release School Day Program

A perfect program for animal lovers and horse enthusiastic!

Your child will enjoy a riding lesson followed by a unique and exciting hands-on animal science experience. They will feed, groom, and care for our friendly barnyard and exotic animals (including a miniature kangaroo, a baby fallow deer and a tortoise), and our small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils and ferrets).  They will also have access to our bird room where they can hold and feed our birds, all this in a safe environment.

  

This drop-off program runs from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, from September to June, and on Town scheduled early dismissal days.

Price: $85 for single day

Dress appropriately (boots and jeans or riding pants).

If you don't see an early release day listed below, please feel free to email us at info@sweetmeadowfarm.com and see if the day is available. Thanks.


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Girls & Boys' Scouts and Field Trips

Bring your Troops to Sweet Meadow Farm for an hour meeting to earn either a Horse Riding or Animal Badge!

  • Animal Badge: your troop will enjoy hands-on time with a variety of animals including bunnies, horses, chickens, goats, miniature ponies, our trained emu and wallaby, and our miniature cows. Learn how to care, groom and feed all these animals to earn your badges.
     
  • Horse Riding Badge: each child will learn how to handle, care for, groom, and tack up their horse. Each of them will have the opportunity to ride one of our gentle and well-trained horses.

We can accommodate troops of all sizes; the Sweet Meadow Farm staff works with all ages as well.  Each meeting is an  hour long, but you can choose to have a back-to-back meeting, and have your troop earn both badges in two hours. 

Sweet Meadow Farm does not supply actual badges.

E-mail info@sweetmeadowfarm.com or call 508-314-7433 to schedule your troop's meeting.

Age:
 
4 and up
 
Day:
 
Monday to Friday
 
Dates:
 
All year round
 
Rate:    
    
$15 per child per badge - for 15 kids or more.
$20 per child per badge - for less than 15 kids.

 


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Frequently Asked Questions

RIDING LESSONS

Q) How do I schedule a lesson?

A) Please email info@sweetmeadowfarm.com or call (508) 314-7433.

Q) What is your cancellation policy for lessons?

A) All lessons need to be cancelled within 24 hours of your lesson or you’ll be charged the full price of your riding lesson.

Q) How do I pay for my lesson?

A) Full payment is due the day of your riding lesson.
 
Q) Do I need to have a helmet before I come to my riding lesson?

A) No, we have clean helmets you can borrow. But would recommend getting a helmet if you plan on riding regularly. Bike riding helmets are not allowed.

Q) Do I need to have riding boots before I come to my riding lesson?

A) No, we have boots you can borrow. If your child has a boot with a ½ inch-1 inch heel, that covers your ankle, and has a pointed toe they can ride with that boot.

Q) Is there anything else I need to wear for my riding lesson?

A) Please come in jeans, leggings, or riding pants. Shorts are not allowed. Please come dressed to accommodate the weather.

Q) Do you offer make-up lessons if I cancel a lesson?
 
A) Sweet Meadow Farm does not offer make-up lessons. Considerable time goes into planning lessons with instructors and reserving horses for riders, therefore it is the responsibility of the rider to come to lessons and be on time.
 
Q) What happens if my instructor needs to cancel a lesson?
 
A) If an instructor needs to cancel a lesson, a make-up lesson will be re-scheduled at the convinience of the rider.
 
 
Q) What's an Evaluation Ride?
 
A)It is an initial first lesson, mandatory for every student. In this lesson, our instructors educate the student - step by step - on the grooming and tacking up process. Then the student is evaluated riding the horse.
 
OTHERS

Q) Are there pony rides?

A) Yes, every Saturday from 11-1. $10 per ride.

Q) Can we feed the horses treats, even if we are not part of the riding program?

A) Yes, please stay in the allowed areas. There are signs for where programs are fun and the general public are not allowed. We have scoops for you to feed the horses hanging on the paddlock fences. There is also a petting zoo area with chickens and bunnies that your are allowed in.


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