During these uncertain times, how can we help?

As the world leader in volunteerism we feel a responsibility to unite our broader community, and to use this moment to become stronger.

See below to participate in our Impact Sector survey, access our COVID-19 Resource Hub, and explore our growing directory of COVID-19-specific and virtual volunteering opportunities.
Read More

Leaders and Sidewalkers

Save to Favorites

Great Strides Long Island at Saddle Rock Ranch

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 9 people are interested

Great Strides needs leaders and sidewalkers to help our students with special needs as they learn to ride. Leaders guide the horse under the direction of the instructor. Sidewalkers walk next to the horse and rider to keep him/her safe and help to follow directions. No prior experience is necessary. We will teach the skills. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sidewalkers will be required to wear masks when working with students.

More opportunities with Great Strides Long Island at Saddle Rock Ranch

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Great Strides Long Island at Saddle Rock Ranch


41 Coram-Swezeytown Road, Middle Island, NY 11953, US

Mission Statement

Great Strides is dedicated to offering programs that offer the unique benefits of equine-assisted activities to special needs people of all ages. We understand the power of the horse/human relationship and how beneficial it can be to the human body and soul and are devoted to sharing those benefits with children, adults and veterans of ALL abilities.


Great Strides Long Island, Inc. was founded by a group of people who have seen and experienced how horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities can help individuals with special challenges overcome those challenges and develop confidence as well as physical and emotional strength. As riders themselves, they understand the power of the horse/human relationship and how beneficial it can be to the human body and soul. Our equine friends can help us face all of life’s challenges with strength and confidence.

Our members commit their time and energy to provide riding lessons and other equine programs, scholarships, equipment, horses and even physical assistance so that more members of our community can experience a healthy physical and developmentally enriching equine experience, regardless of their challenges.

Children & Youth
Sports & Recreation
Veterans & Military Families


We'll work with your schedule.


41 Coram-Swezeytown RoadMiddle Island, NY 11953



  • Child Care
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Equestrian


  • Teens
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 12
  • Most lesson days we need volunteers for 3 to 4 hours. Weekends, we need volunteers for about 7 hours. However, we are happy to have volunteers for shorter time periods. We try to be flexible but ask that you come when you say you will.
  • Volunteers should be able to walk and jog over half hour time periods.

Report this opportunity