See you at the Giddyup Gala!

Executive Director Amber Varner Featured as Sock it to Me’s Cool Girl!

See Our Full Range of Therapeutic Services

See you at the Giddyup Gala!

Executive Director Amber Varner Featured as Sock it to Me’s Cool Girl

See Our Full Range of Therapeutic Services


Forward Stride enhances quality of life through horse-centered activities and therapies.

For more than 15 years, using the healing power of horses, Forward Stride has been building lasting relationships, confidence, and new skills. Our programs work together to provide exceptional care, therapy, and support to all participants, human and equine. Everyone has challenges in life. We encourage each person to face them head on with the support of our herd and fellow humans. Along the way, emotional, cognitive, and physical milestones are reached and lifelong friendships are forged.

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A Successful End to 2019

We have some good news to start the year! The numbers are in and we are very excited to announce that our “Fulfilling Potential” end-of-year giving campaign was a success! Thanks to the compelling story submissions of 50 community members, we raised more in 50 days...

Happy New Year

Dear Community Member, As this decade comes to a close, I am encouraged to look back upon the many relationships and lives, human and equine, that have touched me through Forward Stride. We have spent the last 50 days sharing some of those stories over social media...

Welcome to the Home Stretch

Our Horse of the Year Race is hurtling through the summer! In case you missed it, the Horse of the Year Race is a giving event centered around the horses that are so important to our work. This year the race is styled after a Steeplechase with three “jumps” and a...

Upcoming Events at Forward Stride

Announcing four exciting events coming up in the next six months! Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss them! Open Barn Saturday, September 7th, 10am - 2pm Join us on September 7th for a fun-filled day at Forward Stride with activities for the whole family! Play...

Announcing the Horse of the Year Race!

Help us crown the Forward Stride Horse of the Year 2019! In this exciting event, all of our program horses will be racing to the finish line. You can help your favorite horse race by donating to their page or by sharing it and spreading the word about Forward Stride....

Spring Herd Update

After a long and distinguished career, we are announcing the retirement of therapy horse and former mounted police horse Olin. He served on the Portland Mounted Patrol for nine years and, upon their disbanding in 2017, he was given a second career with Forward Stride....


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