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Great Strides

Added: 04/06/2016 10:20am. Last updated: 02/14/2018 10:48am
General Information
Stable manager/owner: Emily Osborne
Stable website:
Type of stable: public

Address and Contact
Street: 26771 Howard Chapel Drive
City: Damascus
State: MD
ZIP Code: 20872
Phone number: 240.587.7996

Property Profile
Approximate size of property: 23 acres
Approximate number of horses on property: less than 25
Approximate age of stalls: 10-25 years old
Types/sizes of stalls: Box stall, Pasture
Number of arenas: 1-5
Type of footing in the arenas: sand/rubber/fiber mix: indoor + RP; sand: outdoor
Number of turnouts: 6-10
Type of turnout: both grass and dirt
Access to trails or bridle path: easy to access
Approx. number of vets in service area: 1-5
Approx. number of farriers in service area: 6-10

Number of trainers on premises: 1
Trainers for which disciplines: Dressage, Other

Disciplines supported: Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Eventing, Western Pleasure, Western Roping, Western Cutting, Saddle Seat, Gymkhana, Polo, Endurance, Therapeutic, Trail Riding, Other
Type of feed: Orchard hay, Do it yourself
Supplemental feeding services: no
Frequency of stall cleaning: once a day
Horse shows held: no
Indoor or covered arena available: yes
Eventing course available: no
Eventing course level: N/A
Race track available: no
Hot walker or Euroxciser available: none
Grooming/care services available: no
Number of crossties: 1-5
Number of hitching posts: none
Number of washracks: 1-5
Heated water in washracks: yes
Breeding facilities available: no
Trailer parking available: yes
Grazing available: yes

General boarding costs: $200-$400/month, $400-$600/month
Cost of trailer parking: less than $25/month

Other features: Operant Conditioning (R+ or positive reinforcement) oriented co-op style boarding. Monthly boarder meetings. Peaceful idyllic setting. Boarder trail rides, group activities, community feel. Lessons and part leasing available. Round Pen; Paddock Paradise; Equine Facilitated Mental Health practitioners on site; heat lamps in wash stall; heated tack room; heated/cooled viewing area/lounge with bathroom and kitchen attached to indoor; matted stalls with overhead fans and windows that can be closed/opened; Fly Predators; small mesh hay nets. Clinicians Mary Wanless and Shawna Karrasch come 2/year and Linda Tellington-Jones periodically.

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Reviews for Great Strides

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Reviewed by Melba on 05/13/2016 9:47am
96 out of 217 people found this review helpful
What I like:
Quiet, respectful, clean, collaborative barn. Wonderful clean facility, indoor arena, and round pen.
What needs improvement:
For me this is a hard question to answer. We are completely satisfied.
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Reviewed by Kathryn on 05/03/2016 2:44pm
64 out of 189 people found this review helpful
What I like:
What I like most about Great Strides is that the barn manager is calm, encouraging, helpful, collaborative, knowledgeable and professional. She is kind to horses, boarders and students. This sets the tone for the entire barn. In addition, the stalls, the aisles, the grounds, the arena are all immaculate. Ample turn out space, many fields. Come join us!
What needs improvement:
I would like a few more boarders with which to share our space....a few more good horse people!
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Reviewed by Gail Becker on 04/28/2016 6:33pm
74 out of 189 people found this review helpful
What I like:
Ample pasture, great barn & riding facilities & layout. Nice people and great care under a co-operative atmosphere.
What needs improvement:
It would be helpful if this farm acquired a few more boarders in order to make this a more fully self-sufficient operation with the co-op arrangement. Make an appointment and come out & take a look! You won't be disappointed.
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Reviewed by Susan on 04/28/2016 2:28pm
106 out of 216 people found this review helpful
What I like:
Trainer is on site and cares deeply for the horses and boarders. GS offers a collaborative, quiet and supportive riding environment. Outdoor and Indoor (with nice footing) available. All amenities on site and good turnout spaces. Clinics and special seminars offered regularly.
What needs improvement:
I wish there was a wash tub or sink in the barn - although there is one in the lounge.
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