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, 3:30pm-4:15pm

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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Working Students

Becoming a working student is a huge commitment and it is a big responsibility. You are to uphold all of the standards of the farm and be the leaders of the next equestrian generation.

 

Students must be invited to be a part of this program.

 

 

Program is directed by Emily Morro and Julie Michaud.

All students will report to Emily Morro at the beginning and end of the day but also may be training under Julie for specific tasks.


Working Students are required to take 2 weekly riding lessons with Emily. When selecting weeks please select the "Working Student Group Lesson" and choose the number of lessons you would like your child to participate in.


Both students and guardians understand this is a working program and if students do not follow policies and procedures, there will be a meeting with the parents and Emily to discuss goals and if the working student program is the right fit right now for the student. IF THERE ARE EVER ISSUES OF SAFETY STUDENTS CAN BE EXPELLED FROM THE WORKING STUDENT PROGRAM. This is for high level, advanced riders only and all students must represent Sweet Meadow Farm appropriately both on the farm and off. Problems will be discussed on a case by case basis.

 

If there is a safety concern or the student conducts themselves in an inappropriate manner, until the time which they leave the farm they will be excused from working student activities for the rest of the day and the future of their working student career will be discussed upon pick up.


Working students must be in proper Sweet Meadow Farm uniforms.

-Sweet Meadow Apparel with Logo: green and white polo with logo,

will be provided

-Proper riding apparel: breeches, chaps, boots and helmet.


Working students are our student leaders and there will be times that they will work with an instructor and a group of students in programs and camps. Students must be able to assist less experienced equestrians and conduct themselves in a professional manner. When there is a lesson in process and they are shadowing Emily, there will be no disturbing another student’s riding time. They are there to learn and take example. Interruptions to report back to Emily must be done in a quiet and appropriate manner.


Working students must bring their own lunch/snacks every day. It will be $5.00 cost per day if Sweet Meadow Farm provides lunch for working students. This needs to be prepaid. If you would like us to provide luch please select the "Pizza Per Day" option and select the number of days you would like us to provide your child with lunch. Water will always be available.

 

Working Student responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

-Cleaning Tack

-Organizing, spraying and cleaning helmets

-Organizing and spraying boots to borrow

-Ensuring all tack rooms are clean and tack is properly put away

-Dusting: saddles in indoor

-Grooming, bathing and general upkeep of horses...may include

minor veterinary care

-Hand walking approved horses

-Tacking up horses for Emily

-Assisting with lower level lessons, holding horses, leading pony rides, etc.


Responsibilities for the day will be addressed at 9:00 and working students are responsible for making note and carrying out these tasks throughout the day, working around camp and instructors schedules. The working student program is an introduction to horse care, farm management, equestrian training and competing. Students will learn as they go in an internship type manner and need to work together as a team. Any misconduct between the group will not be tolerated. The working students are all equally the head trainer’s right hand for their time here and will be treated as equal. They are all here to help and hold each other up.


STUDENTS AND GUARDIANS UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WILL BE TIMES THAT STUDENTS WILL BE UNATTENDED AROUND THE HORSES. Students will never be left for a long period of time or ever asked to anything unsafe, although guardians must understand the inherent risk of working around equines. This is a program for only the most advanced riders and if your child has been invited that means that under Emily’s guidance they have been deemed by the entire upper management at Sweet Meadow Farm to be knowledgeable and experienced enough to act as a working student. No child will be invited to this program that is not ready. Younger students will be accompanied by an older working student or an instructor at all times. Older students will be allowed more independence as they advance on a case by case basis.

 
 
Horse Shows!
 
 

All working students are encouraged to participate in the Apple Knoll schooling horse show series on wednesday nights (time and weather permitting)! As students advance in their riding they will work towards taking the horses they ride to Apple Knoll to participate in schooling horse shows! Students are invited to come with the instructors to assist and spectate when they show as well.

 

The Sweet Meadow team is available to take students for 3+ hours under their care to Apple Knoll for an extra charge of $75, space permitting. They will be provided food and drinks and be able to help with everything that goes into showing a horse. They will help load the horses, clean them for the show, tack up and support the instructors and fellow riders competing.

 

Fees to participate in horse showing in the future will be a $100 day lease fee for the horse, which includes help grooming, shipping, tack, and using the horse at the show for their classes. As well as a $50 coaching fee for a riding lesson at the show before the classes, coaching in the ring and addressing any problems before and after the class. Students must go and watch a horse show before they are allowed to participate in one.

 

Guardians are responsible for the class fees paid to Apple Knoll. Students usually participate in four classes each, which cost $25 each. Classes can be paid for after the horse show.

 

All parents are welcome to come and watch their kids participate.

 

$375 is the cost for the week without any riding. After you sign up you can decide how many $60 Lessons you want to add to the week by email.

 

 


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