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Horseback Riding & Farm Programs at Achorn Acres

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Located on the Upton/Westborough line, beautiful Achorn Acres farm is home to five horses and one mini horse named Sneakers. Students in this program will be assigned a horse to care for throughout the week. Each lesson includes daily horse care activities such as grooming, tacking, handling and of course riding! Wear long pants, helmet and boots with a heel. Loaner helmets are available.

Instructor: Craig McCoskery owner of Coachman’s Legacy
Wear long pants, helmet and boots with a heel.  
Loaner helmets are available.
Fridays will be used as a rain date
Westboro RESIDENTS only

 Directions to the farm:

The physical address is 267 North Street Upton. However, you do NOT need to take the mass pike to get to the farm no matter what their GPS says, there is no farm access from the mass pike. 

Coming from Westborough use 267 Ruggles Street.   The farm is located at the top of Ruggles street Right over the Westborough line. Ruggles Street turns into North Street.  

Summer Horse Program (Ages 6 -16)
Explore the world of horses through this fun and interactive program. Open to boys and girls of all riding experience levels (beginners welcome). Children will ride a horse daily, participate in educational projects, horse care, horsemanship and crafts. The program will cover grooming, leading, mounting a horse, steering, stopping and riding at the walk and trot. On Thursdays, students will participate in a “game day” on horseback and will get hands on experience with other farm animals. Students must wear long pants and boots with a heel. They may bring a helmet with them if they have one. Loaner helmets will be available for students that do not have their own. Students will not be allowed to ride in sneakers. Students are to bring a water bottle and snack that does not contain nuts. AM and PM sessions will cover different topics. Student that would like a full day option can sign up for the AM and PM session; a supervised ½ hour lunch included at no additional charge for students doing both sessions (they must bring their own bag lunch).


July 13-16
Total cost $225/session
Am Session 9am-12am
PM session 12:30-3:30

Barn Buddies (ages 6-16)
We are happy to announce that we will be offering a Friday Barn Buddies program. During this program, children will get the opportunity to learn more about agriculture and farming. Children will get hands on experience with animals such as horses, goats, ducks, rabbits, alpacas and chickens. Topics will include how to collect and use fibers from animals for clothing and art, and growing food for people and animals. Each day children will have the option to have a horse/pony ride. This program is open to children age 5-16. Students may enroll in both AM and PM sessions; a supervised ½ hour lunch included at no additional charge for students doing both sessions (they must bring their own bag lunch).

Total cost $60/session

Session 3 Friday July 17

From Farm to Yarn {Ages 6—16}
Students will learn about fiber producing animals and uses for fiber in fashion and art. Students will learn about what types of animals (and plants) can be used for their fiber producing qualities and how to turn raw material into something useable. Students will learn to care for and have hands on experience with some of our fiber animals, including alpacas and rabbits. Students will create a craft project involving yarn or felted fiber.

• June 30th, July 7th, July 14th
• 5:00—7:00pm
• $35
• 267 North Street Upton

COVID Considerations
During the sessions, counselors will be wearing masks when they are unable to maintain social distance. Use of Masks for students is not required, but strongly recommended, especially for when we will be working in the barn. Students will not be required to wear a mask while mounted on horseback as the nature of being on a horse will provide adequate social distancing. Seating will be staggered to encourage social distancing. Surfaces will be wiped down frequently and we will have sanitizer for the port-a-potty for after each use as well as a sink for handwashing and bottles of hand sanitizer.

Mass department of agriculture has provided us with some guidelines and are requiring that students not share equipment. We will be making an effort to provide a set of brushes for each student to use for the week and we will have students engage in more frequent handwashing. As we often loan helmets to students, we are encouraging students to bring their own helmets when able. If a loaner helmet is required, we will be assigning a helmet to each student to use for the week

We will be asking for volunteers for staggered drop off and pick up times to reduce groups waiting to pick up children outside of the gate. In the event of rain or thunder showers, we may not be able to adequately social distance, so we may need to reschedule to another day the following week.

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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