"This is the program for families that have ever wanted to ride a horse or experience the special bond and friendship of horses," said Sydney Knott, president and executive director of Horses4Heroes. "Horses certainly have proven their abilities to help heal the wounds of war and separation."
In order to make the dream of a free horseback ride a reality, Horses4Heroes is reaching out to equestrian facilities throughout the country. In addition, the organization will use its own national network of equestrian facilities. So far, 150 facilities in 39 states plus Canada have agreed to swing open their barn doors to military heroes and their families.
"This program will give the wonderful world of horses to these men, women and their children who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. With thousands of troops returning home, programs like Operation Free Ride are important to PTSD sufferers, Wounded Warriors, caregivers and their families," added Knott.
About Operation Free Ride:
Operation Free Ride is a collaboration between breed associations and equestrian organizations, uniting in support of our nation's troops and their families. Interested families should register at www.operationfreeride.com. Equestrian facilities that want to participate should visit www.Operationfreeride.com to register their facility. Riding experiences may vary from facility to facility and families will be requested to abide by each facilities' rules. Program is available to all ages, all riding levels and all disciplines (English and western) are offered. For more information, visit www.operationfreeride.com.
About Horses4Heroes, Inc.
Horses4Heroes,Inc. is a non-profit organization that is using horses as teaching, therapy and motivational partners to engage, inspire, empower military families and individuals served. Through its national network, the organization offers able-bodied, affordable recreational, instructional and health & wellness programs for all ages. Participants learn valuable leadership and teamwork skills, make new friends, and develop a lifelong love of horses! For more information, visit www.Horses4HeroesUSA.com.