Forward Stride is slowly enacting opening procedures under a phased approach, and in compliance with the Governor’s reopening guidance. Thank you for your patience as we work to make the best choices for everyone’s health!

Read the Story of Forward Stride’s Wildfire Response!

Announcing Family Day Camps!

Community Resources During the Closure

Read the Story of Forward Stride’s Wildfire Response!

Announcing Family Day Camps!

Community Resources During the Closure


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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Program and Herd Update!

*photo from Sept. 2019As we move into what looks to be a warm and beautiful summer, we want to update you on our program reopening as well as some changes in our herd! Read to the end to hear about our last scheduled drive-through day! Program Update Our Riding,...

Hear from ED Amber Varner – “Celebrate With Us!”

Hello, Forward Stride Family! We are excited to share some pretty great news: We received our Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan on May 1st! This loan has contributed to our campaign to raise $250,000 by the end of September to sustain operations. Combined with...

An Update From the Barn and How You Can Help!

Hello Forward Stride Family, We hope this email finds you safe and healthy! Our staff and herd are staying healthy but we miss all of our clients, volunteers, families, and supporters deeply. This time allows for self-reflection, connecting more deeply with family...

Forward Stride to Extend Closure

Dear Forward Stride Community, We hope you are healthy and doing well. With the Governor’s new Stay Home, Save Lives order, Forward Stride must announce that our onsite programming will be discontinued until she lifts that order. We have dedicated staff members...

Forward Stride Is Closed Due to COVID-19 Starting Immediately

Due to the spread of the virus, COVID-19, and the closure of all area schools, Forward Stride has decided to close through March 31st. With the possibility that this closure will be extended. We have weighed the risks to clients, staff members, and volunteers in this...

Giddyup Gala 2020 A Success!

Pictured: Jeff (father of Christina), Christina and Alex, their daughter Lily, and Dan (Lily’s caregiver) Once again, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the energy and generosity of our incredible community. The 2020 Giddyup Gala saw more attendees than any previous...


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