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Learning, Growing, and Healing

Through Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies



Programs for Everyone of All Abilities


Founded in 2003, Forward Stride is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Our Continuum of Care allows for children and adults of all abilities and backgrounds to develop horsemanship skills, fitness, empathy, and self-confidence, while also having the option to participate in one of our therapeutic and clinical programs. Forward Stride is the largest therapeutic center of its kind in Oregon, and one of only three nationally accredited centers in the state. 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.

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Horses Are Helping a Triple Amputee Veteran Walk Again

Walking, eating, and sitting up are all things we as humans take for granted. Imagine that all of your independence and ability to meet your own basic needs are taken away from you. In 2012 this became Alex’s reality. While on patrol in the US Army,...

Dreams are Rekindled at Forward Stride

When baby Hannah wouldn’t roll over like her twin could, parents Chad and Lisa realized that she was on a different path. Hannah was soon diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, and Epilepsy. Before having children, Chad and Lisa dreamed of...

Jonathan’s Story: How Horses Changed His Life

“Animals were once, for all of us, teachers. They instructed us in ways of being and perceiving that extended our imaginations, that were models for additional possibilities.” – Joan McIntyre Jonathan has Down Syndrome. Along with an amazing personality,...

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...