Veteran’s Program

Many men and women have sacrificed their personal freedom to protect ours. Great Strides would like to give something back as our small way of saying thank you. Our veteran’s program has been designed to do that.

Great Strides offers veterans and their immediate family members free-of-charge riding lessons. Lessons are offered in sessions of eight 1-hour lessons. Sessions will cover grooming, tacking and riding. It is our goal that participants will not only work on riding and equestrian skills but will have the opportunity to develop a rapport with their horse.

Note: Military ID is required. Participants will be expected to attend their weekly scheduled lesson for each of the eight weeks. One make-up will be offered with at least 24-hours notice of a cancellation. Cancellations made with less than 24-hours notice will result in the loss of that lesson (no make up will be offered).


A press conference was held at Saddle Rock Ranch to raise awareness about the Equine Experience Veterans’ Programs offered by FREE in partnership with Great Strides Long Island. FOX 5 TV, News 12 Long Island, FIOS 1 TV and Newsday covered the event. Please click on the following link to see the news report and see the attached article from Newsday.

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/horse-riding-military-veterans