Learning, Growing, and Healing

Through Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies


Programs for Everyone of All Abilities


Forward Stride is the largest therapeutic center of its kind in Oregon, and one of only three nationally accredited centers in the state. Since 2003, we have been empowering people from throughout the Portland area to learn, grow, and heal through specialized equine-assisted activities and therapies. Our innovative programming enables individuals to blossom and work toward independence, whether they are a child affected by autism; a teenager with a severe brain injury; a veteran returning from war facing PTSD; or someone living with a condition or disease that diminishes their confidence or mobility.

Partners, Accreditations, and Awards


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Round-Up Relay A Huge Success

Can you believe it! We surpassed our $100,000 fundraising goal for the Round-Up Relay.

Olin, Former Portland Patrol Horse, Starts a New Chapter at Forward Stride

We are excited to announce Olin, a retired Portland Mounted Patrol Unit horse, has joined the Forward Stride herd! Olin is 15.3 hands and 1/4 Quarter Horse, 1/4 Percheron, and 1/2 Fjord. After faithfully serving to protect our community, Olin will now...

Nonprofit Accountant/Bookkeeper

Forward Stride seeks a versatile, results-oriented professional to join our team. We are hiring an Accountant/Bookkeeper to execute all of the organization’s bookkeeping and accounting functions. Position targeted at 25-30 hours per week, with some...

June Herd Update

Over the last few months the herd here at Forward Stride has grown by four! We are thrilled to have these fabulous horses among our ranks.

Volunteer of the Quarter Spring 2017

Forward Stride appreciates all our volunteers and everything they do. We wouldn’t exist without you! One volunteer that has really stood out this quarter is Kara Martin-Beijer.

What Makes Forward Stride Different

Our clients see their time spent here as “play” and not “work,” and never therapy.