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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 will share duties and care for all of the horses. 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.  

Pet Care Class
Tuesday July 6th, 13th, 20th 5-6

Have you ever wanted to own a pet but don’t know which pet you would like or how to take care of it. This class will cover care and handling and care of common household pets including Guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits. It will also care the care of uncommon pets such as horses, chickens, and ducks. We will cover basics of dog and cat care but no dogs or cats will be present in the class. This is not a riding class, kids will NOT ride in this class. This program is open to age 5-13.

Residents $120, nonresidents $144

Barn Buddies (ages 6-16)
Wednesday July 7th, 14th, 21nd 5-6
During this program children will get hands on experience with farm animals. In addition to learning about horses, children will get hands on experience with ducks, rabbits, alpacas and chickens. Additional farm animals may be added as well. Each day children will have an opportunity to have an optional horse/pony ride. We will talk about fibers from animals and how we use it to make clothes as well as learning about growing food for people and animals. This program is open to children age 5-13. . Students must wear boots for safety reasons (No UGG boots or sneakers please). This program will run rain or shine.

Residents $150, Nonresidents $175

Saddle Club
Session 1 Tuesday July 6th, 13th, 20st 6:30-7:30
Session 2 Wednesday July 7th, 14th, 21nd 6:30-7:30

This is a NOT a riding program this year. This program will focus on horsemanship this year, teaching kids skills that are important but not always taught in traditional horseback riding programs. The Saddle club program is a great opportunity for children that want to learn more about horses than just riding as well as spend time with horse crazy peers. Students get hands on experience working with horses. This program includes hands on education programs, learning to brush and tack up horses, leading horses, feeding and horse care. Students must wear boots for safety reasons (No UGG boots or sneakers please). This program will run rain or shine. This program is open for ages 5-13.

Residents $150, nonresidents $175

Friday Horse Program
Friday July 16th, 9-2
Friday July 23rd 9-2

Explore the world of horses through this fun interactive program. Open to all riding experience levels (beginners welcome). Children will ride a horse daily, The remainder of the time will be spend on educational projects, horse care, horsemanship and crafts. It will cover grooming, leading, mounting a horse, steering, stopping and riding at the walk and trot. Students must wear long pants and boots with a heel. In addition to learning about horses, children will get hands on experience with farm animals. Students 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/Ugg type boots. Students are to bring a water bottle and snack and lunch that does not contain nuts

Residents $100, Nonresidents $120

COVID Considerations
During the sessions, counselors will be wearing masks Students will also be required to wear masks. 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. Students will work on activities in small groups, when possible students will be kept in the same small groups for all of the activities.

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 day 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 wiping down after each use.

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Barn Buddies 
5 - 13  N/A  07/07/2021 - 07/21/2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Achorn Acres, 267 North St, Upton, MA 01568
$150.00 Res, $175.00 Non-Res
 
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Pet Care Class 
5 - 13  N/A  Tu  07/06/2021 - 07/20/2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Achorn Acres, 267 North St, Upton, MA 01568
$120.00 Res, $144.00 Non-Res
 
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Saddle Club Session 1 
5 - 13  N/A  Tu  07/06/2021 - 07/20/2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Achorn Acres, 267 North St, Upton, MA 01568
$150.00 Res, $175.00 Non-Res
 
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Saddle Club Session 2 
5 - 13  N/A  07/07/2021 - 07/21/2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Achorn Acres, 267 North St, Upton, MA 01568
$150.00 Res, $175.00 Non-Res
 
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Friday Horse Program Session 1 
5 - 13  N/A  07/16/2021
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Achorn Acres, 267 North St, Upton, MA 01568
$100.00 Res, $120.00 Non-Res
 
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Friday Horse Program Session 2 
5 - 13  N/A  07/23/2021
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Achorn Acres, 267 North St, Upton, MA 01568
$150.00 Res, $175.00 Non-Res
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