Horse & Animal Programs
Ride and Learn at Sweet Meadow Farm

Sherborn , MA

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Sherborn, Massachusetts


Riding Lessons

We offer year-round riding lessons for ages 4-100, all levels of riding. Lessons are offered Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm, and Fridays, 9:00am-5:00pm.  

          Email or call to schedule a lesson. Info@sweetmeadowfarm.com or             (508) 314-7433.

Lessons are booked on a weekly schedule and each month is paid prior to the 1st of the month. We also offer one-time riding sessions, payment is due prior to the date of the lesson. 

Junior Riding Lessons: For ages 4-6, a half-hour private lesson with one of our highly skilled instructors. Students help groom and tack up the horse (~10min.), ride (~20min.), and untack (~2min.) at the end of their lesson. Students learn about horsemanship and basics of riding. They will start with steering, stoppping, trotting, and proper positioning.

Evaluation lesson $65 every lesson following $60.

 

Private Riding Lessons: For ages 7+, an hour long private lesson with one of our highly skilled instructors. Students help groom and tack up the horse (~15min.), ride (~40min.), and untack(~5min.) at the end of their lesson. Students will advance through the various stages of riding as their instructor sees fit. Each lesson is tailored to the individual student. All levels are welcome, beginner to advanced!            

Evaluation lesson $75 every lesson following $70.

 

​Group Riding Lessons: Group riding lessons are offered to those students who are advanced enough to control the horse without the full attention of the instructor. Instructors match riders with similar skill level and experience for double or triple lessons. Every rider must start in a private lesson and may request a group lesson.

Double lesson $60 per rider. Triple lesson $50 per rider.  

 

Head Instructor lessons run an additonal $10 and are available for any type of lesson. The head instructor is well equipped to advance your child through the many challenges and rewards of horseback riding. 

All students will meet their instructor in our viewing room.
Riders must be dressed appropriately with soft, stretchable pants/jeans, boots with a heel and weather appropriate shirts and jackets. 

It is possible to borrow riding boots and a helmet. 

What's an Evaluation Ride? The Evaluation Ride is the first ride at our facility, where the Instructor will get a first impression of the rider's skills and goals. We introduce the rider to the basics of horsemanship and riding. The basics reviewed in the evaluation lesson will provide the foundation for the rider’s future progression plan. The Instructor will advise the rider with a suitable horse and instructor for reoccurring lessons.

Cancellation Policy:
You must contact us 24 hours before your lesson to cancel without penalty. Please call or email during business hours (between 10am-6pm) to reschedule your lesson without being charged. If you cancel within 24 hrs of your lesson, you will be charged the full price of your lesson.Considerable time goes into planning lessons with instructors, paying instructors and reserving horses for riders, therefore it is the responsibility of the rider to come to lessons and be on time.

 

 


 


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Mini Riders

Sessions available on a seasonal basis. Ages 1-5. Weight limit 60lb. 

​September-May: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:15am-11:00am

​June-August: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:15pm-5:00pm

Does your youngest want to play with animals and can’t wait for their first pony ride? Sweet Meadow Farm’s patient and well-trained animals are ready to introduce your child to a lifelong love!

At our 45 minute class  parents and children learn how to handle and care for our animals. We have a wide variety of over 100 animals that call Sweet Meadow Farm home. Our residents include a wallaby, potbelly pigs, baby goats, rabbits, an emu, and more! This unforgettable experience also includes a hand-led pony ride, feeding hay to our barnyard animals, giving treats in the bird room, and meeting the animals in the pet shop. 

Programs take place in our insulated and heated barn, all year round.

The child must be under 3 1/2 ft tall and under 60 lbs. to ride the mini horse, since they are so small. A parent is welcome and encouraged to participate in their child’s one-on-one learning experience. The cost of the class includes one child and one parent.

Please wear cloe-toed shoes or boots and long pants.

Sign up for the whole month. Please sign-up in advance, spaces are limited! For one-day sign-ups please call to schedule (508) 314-7433. 

Cancellation Policy: Full payment is due at the time of registration. Sweet Meadow Farm does not give credit and/or refunds if participants miss or cancel any of the Programs’ classes.


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Barn Buddies

Sessions available Saturday 9:00am-10:30am. Ages 4-12. Drop-off program. 

Our friendly and well-trained barnyard animals are just your size and waiting for you! Learn how to care for our miniature horses, cows, deer, goats and potbelly pigs, feed and play with our small pets such as bunnies, guinea pigs and ferrets and hold the birds in the bird room. Say hello to our exotic animals like Ruah the wallaby and Chompers the tortoise as well.

Please wear close-toed shoes or boots and long pants. 

Sign up for the whole month. Please sign-up in advance, spaces are limited!

Cancellation Policy: Full payment is due at the time of registration. Sweet Meadow Farm does not give credit and/or refunds if participants miss or cancel any of the Programs’ classes.


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Girls & Boys' Scouts and Field Trips

Bring your Troops to Sweet Meadow Farm for an hour meeting to earn your 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, an emu, a wallaby, miniature cows, and more! Learn how to care for, groom and feed all these animals to earn your badge.
     
  • 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. Each badge is an  hour long, but you can choose to do both in one meeting, and have your troop earn their badges in two hours. 

​Meetings can be scheduled for Fridays between 3:30pm and 6:00pm. Please call or email to discuss scheduling, and the possibility of other dates or times. Info@sweetmeadowfarm.com or (508) 314-7433.

Pricing

 Troops under 15 scouts ... $20 per child per badge

Troops over 15 scouts ... $15 per child per badge

Sweet Meadow Farm does not supply actual badges.

 

 


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