Meet the Equines

Forward Stride’s horses go through extensive training before they serve in our hippotherapy and therapeutic riding programs. If you have a horse you think would fit well in one of our programs please fill out our horse donation form.

Special thanks to all the veterinarians and health professionals who contribute their services to keep our horses healthy:
Alexander Equine Veterinary Services
Lisa Campbell, DVM
Friedman Veterinary Service
Newberg Equine Clinic
Pacific Crest Sporthorse
Cierra Riffle, DVM
Kalina Scherer, Portland Animal Chiropractic
Willamette Valley Equine

 

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Alex

Riding Program and EFP Program

Alex, an Appaloosa mare, is a well rounded horse. Prior to coming to Forward Stride she was ridden primarily western, but has since learned english and jumping! She is excellent at trails, and also is great at Oregon High School Equestrian Team meets.

Alex, an Appaloosa mare, is a well rounded horse. Prior to coming to Forward Stride she was ridden primarily western, but has since learned english and jumping! She is excellent at trails, and also is great at Oregon High School Equestrian Team meets.

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Bjorn

Riding Program

Bjorn is an adorable little Fjord pony who is a valued member of our herd. He enjoys being in lead line lessons for his smallest riders.

Bjorn is an adorable little Fjord pony who is a valued member of our herd. He enjoys being in lead line lessons for his smallest riders.

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Brodhy

EFP Program

Brodhy loves to roll in the mud, and will herd anything and anyone. He has had several injuries over the past few years, so is no longer used in the riding program.  However, Brodhy loves to be groomed and has spent time with clients from the veteran program as well as the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy program.

Brodhy loves to roll in the mud, and will herd anything and anyone.

He has had several injuries over the past few years, so is no longer used in the riding program.  However, Brodhy loves to be groomed and has spent time with clients from the veteran program as well as the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy program.

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Cedar

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Cedar is a striking liver chestnut Quarter Horse mare who came to us from Montana. She is well rounded in our program as she is used in Rehabilitation Services, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, and our Riding Program. Although sensitive at times, she is great with all riders and volunteers.

Cedar is a striking liver chestnut Quarter Horse mare who came to us from Montana. She is well rounded in our program as she is used in Rehabilitation Services, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, and our Riding Program. Although sensitive at times, she is great with all riders and volunteers.

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Cindee

Riding Program and EFP Program

Cindee is a Quarter Horse mare who is very special to Forward Stride. She is an experienced lead line pony and enjoys teaching students how to listen to their horse. She also happens to be the daughter of Cedar!

Cindee is a Quarter Horse mare who is very special to Forward Stride. She is an experienced lead line pony and enjoys teaching students how to listen to their horse. She also happens to be the daughter of Cedar!

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Dee

Riding Program: Eventing, Dressage and Jumping

Dee, or Chubby as he is known around the barn, is an Arabian/Trakehner cross always looking for his next snack. Each week he has his adult riders who spend time riding and doing body work with him. His owner, Mackenzie, enjoys taking him to Eventing shows and the occasional Team Penning clinic.

Dee, or Chubby as he is known around the barn, is an Arabian/Trakehner cross always looking for his next snack. Each week he has his adult riders who spend time riding and doing body work with him. His owner, Mackenzie, enjoys taking him to Eventing shows and the occasional Team Penning clinic.

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Duckie

Riding Program

Duckie is a beautiful chestnut Arabian mare. Her favorite thing is being turned out 24 hours a day, because she gets to move around as she pleases. Each week she is ridden and loved on by her owner, Nancy, and other adult riders.

Duckie is a beautiful chestnut Arabian mare. Her favorite thing is being turned out 24 hours a day, because she gets to move around as she pleases. Each week she is ridden and loved on by her owner, Nancy, and other adult riders.

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Dusty

Riding Program, Veterans Program, and EFP Program

Dusty is an all around horse who is a staple in our program. This handsome Appaloosa loves to roll and is known for taking every opportunity to sneak in a quick nap. Apart from our Riding Program he is also utilized in our Veterans Program.

Dusty is an all around horse who is a staple in our program. This handsome Appaloosa loves to roll and is known for taking every opportunity to sneak in a quick nap. Apart from our Riding Program he is also utilized in our Veterans Program.

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Eddie

Riding Program

Eddie is one of Forward Stride’s western professionals. He is a flashy Buckskin Foundation Quarter Horse, who loves peppermints. He has a hard time hiding the fact he has snuck in a treat or two because he sticks his tongue out after the fact!

Eddie is one of Forward Stride’s western professionals. He is a flashy Buckskin Foundation Quarter Horse, who loves peppermints. He has a hard time hiding the fact he has snuck in a treat or two because he sticks his tongue out after the fact!

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Freckles

Riding Program and EFP Superstar

Freckles is a Riding Program horse and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Superstar! He pretends to be a grumpy guy but has a heart of gold and will be your best buddy if you have the patience to earn his trust.  The littlest of riders enjoy riding him each week.

Freckles is a Riding Program horse and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Superstar! He pretends to be a grumpy guy but has a heart of gold and will be your best buddy if you have the patience to earn his trust.  The littlest of riders enjoy riding him each week.

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Jake

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Jake is an all-around horse here at Forward Stride and is a go-to for our intermediate and advanced riders. Whether it be for lessons or trails, you can count on him. Also, with the revival of our Vaulting Program, Jake continues to prove he is an excellent mount.

Jake is an all-around horse here at Forward Stride and is a go-to for our intermediate and advanced riders. Whether it be for lessons or trails, you can count on him. Also, with the revival of our Vaulting Program, Jake continues to prove he is an excellent mount.

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Jewel

Riding Program

King’s Elegant Jewel, or Jewel as she is known around the barn, is a charming Quarter Pony. Her coloring, Dark Dun, is unique at our barn. Jewel is an experienced Oregon High School Equestrian Team and 4H horse, while also being fabulous with the smallest of riders in lead line classes.

King’s Elegant Jewel, or Jewel as she is known around the barn, is a charming Quarter Pony. Her coloring, Dark Dun, is unique at our barn. Jewel is an experienced Oregon High School Equestrian Team and 4H horse, while also being fabulous with the smallest of riders in lead line classes.

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Juniper

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Juniper is one of our sweetest ponies! She is used in our Rehabilitation Services and our Riding Program. She has a beautiful chestnut coat, with a flaxen mane and tail.

Juniper is one of our sweetest ponies! She is used in our Rehabilitation Services and our Riding Program. She has a beautiful chestnut coat, with a flaxen mane and tail.

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Lenna

Riding Program: Dressage and Jumping

Lenna is an outstanding imported Dutch Warmblood mare. She is utilized in our Riding Program and is a fabulous jumper for our intermediate and advanced riders. Lenna is one of our “greeters” in the barn as she is very sweet and loves people!

Lenna is an outstanding imported Dutch Warmblood mare. She is utilized in our Riding Program and is a fabulous jumper for our intermediate and advanced riders. Lenna is one of our “greeters” in the barn as she is very sweet and loves people!

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Luna

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Luna is an Icelandic Pony cross utilized in almost all of our programs, whether it be Rehabilitation Services, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, or the Riding Program. She is an important asset to Forward Stride due to her size, personality, and dependability!

Luna is an Icelandic Pony cross utilized in almost all of our programs, whether it be Rehabilitation Services, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, or the Riding Program. She is an important asset to Forward Stride due to her size, personality, and dependability!

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Luxi

Riding Program: Dressage and Jumping

Luxurious, or Luxi for short, is an imported Irish Sport Horse. She is a fabulous jumper and was shown at 1.4 meters. Currently she is working towards being a part of our Veterans Program.

Luxurious, or Luxi for short, is an imported Irish Sport Horse. She is a fabulous jumper and was shown at 1.4 meters. Currently she is working towards being a part of our Veterans Program.

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Mack

In Training

Mack is the largest horse at Forward Stride but he thinks he's a pony! He is a Belgian horse and will be a great vaulting mount once he finishes his training. His favorite things are hay, his owners Jennifer, Greg, and Kara, and hay.

Mack is the largest horse at Forward Stride but he thinks he’s a pony! He is a Belgian horse and will be a great vaulting mount once he finishes his training. His favorite things are hay, his owners Jennifer, Greg, and Kara, and hay.

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Meg

Riding Program and EFP Program

Meg is a 30+ year old Breeding Stock Paint. Interestingly, she is all black with no paint markings! She is essential to our Riding Program as she is great with beginning riders of all ages. Sweet, reliable, and solid are three adjectives that perfectly describe her!

Meg is a 30+ year old Breeding Stock Paint. Interestingly, she is all black with no paint markings! She is essential to our Riding Program as she is great with beginning riders of all ages. Sweet, reliable, and solid are three adjectives that perfectly describe her!

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Mr. P

Riding Program

Mr. P, lovingly known as "Pete" around the barn, loves going western. He has a successful past in roping, rodeo and Oregon High School Equestrian Teams. He enjoys greeting everyone that walks by his stall, trail rides, and is adored by Shannon, one of our staff members.

Mr. P, lovingly known as “Pete” around the barn, loves going western. He has a successful past in roping, rodeo and Oregon High School Equestrian Teams. He enjoys greeting everyone that walks by his stall, trail rides, and is adored by Shannon, one of our staff members.

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Nadia

Riding Program and EFP Program

Nadia is a radiant, white Andalusian/Lusitano mare who is loved by many beginner and intermediate adult riders. Her expertise and experience of high level dressage makes her a barn treasure. She is also known for her loving and “mom-ish” character.

Nadia is a radiant, white Andalusian/Lusitano mare who is loved by many beginner and intermediate adult riders. Her expertise and experience of high level dressage makes her a barn treasure. She is also known for her loving and “mom-ish” character.

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Pippin

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Pippin is the Region 9 Equine of the Year for 2016! She is our Rehabilitation Services professional. Pippin takes her job very seriously and is very patient with her riders. When special events are scheduled, Pippin is the first on our list. She has even made a house call!

Pippin is the Region 9 Equine of the Year for 2016! She is our Rehabilitation Services professional. Pippin takes her job very seriously and is very patient with her riders. When special events are scheduled, Pippin is the first on our list. She has even made a house call!

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Rebel

Riding Program and EFP Program

Rebel is a registered American Paint Horse. We consider him one of our greeters, as he is always greeting those who pass by with a neigh or a nicker. He is fabulous with our beginner and intermediate level riders.

Rebel is a registered American Paint Horse. We consider him one of our greeters, as he is always greeting those who pass by with a neigh or a nicker. He is fabulous with our beginner and intermediate level riders.

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Red Rain

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Red Rain, or Redford as he is known in the barn, is a stunning Gypsy Vanner. These magnificent horses are characterized by their long manes, feathered legs, and impressive mustaches. Not only is he great in the arena, but he is also a very solid trail horse.

Red Rain, or Redford as he is known in the barn, is a stunning Gypsy Vanner. These magnificent horses are characterized by their long manes, feathered legs, and impressive mustaches. Not only is he great in the arena, but he is also a very solid trail horse.

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Rusty

Riding Program

Rusty is a trusty little POA who excels at teaching young riders the ins and outs of good horsemanship.

Rusty is a trusty little POA who excels at teaching young riders the ins and outs of good horsemanship.

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Shahar

Riding Program

Shahar is the longest-standing member of our herd. He has participated in every facet of our therapeutic program through the years. He reads his riders from the moment they enter his field and responds by being the horse they need at that time. Tiptoeing for slow walkers, nipping at anyone whose ego gets too big, and showing his extensive knowledge for more advanced riders are just a few of the traits he possess.  

Shahar is the longest-standing member of our herd. He has participated in every facet of our therapeutic program through the years. He reads his riders from the moment they enter his field and responds by being the horse they need at that time. Tiptoeing for slow walkers, nipping at anyone whose ego gets too big, and showing his extensive knowledge for more advanced riders are just a few of the traits he possess.  

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Sindar

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

When we think of a steady horse in our herd, Sindar is one that immediately comes to mind. He is rockstar in our Rehabilitation Services program day in and day out. His person, Janet Stedman, rides him each week. At 20 plus years old, he is looking better than ever!

When we think of a steady horse in our herd, Sindar is one that immediately comes to mind. He is rockstar in our Rehabilitation Services program day in and day out. His person, Janet Stedman, rides him each week. At 20 plus years old, he is looking better than ever!

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Sterling

Riding Program

Prior to coming to Forward Stride, Sterling was used for western riding and cow work. Since arriving he has become quite the professional within our riding program and with his adult riders. Sterling is always saying hello to any who pass by his stall.

Prior to coming to Forward Stride, Sterling was used for western riding and cow work. Since arriving he has become quite the professional within our riding program and with his adult riders. Sterling is always saying hello to any who pass by his stall.

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Streak

Riding Program

Streak is one of our Riding Program horses who is ridden by some young adult riders. She has proved to be an excellent Oregon High School Equestrian Team mount. A fun fact about her is that her owner, Vicki, does in hand agility with her!

Streak is one of our Riding Program horses who is ridden by some young adult riders. She has proved to be an excellent Oregon High School Equestrian Team mount. A fun fact about her is that her owner, Vicki, does in hand agility with her!

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Thistle

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

We have many cute ponies at Forward Stride, and Thistle is certainly one of them! She is incredible in our Rehabilitation Services and in our Riding Program. One of her favorite things is to be groomed and loved on by volunteers.

We have many cute ponies at Forward Stride, and Thistle is certainly one of them! She is incredible in our Rehabilitation Services and in our Riding Program. One of her favorite things is to be groomed and loved on by volunteers.

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Tigo

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Tigo, our resident Percheron/Thoroughbred cross, is the largest horse currently in our programs! He loves any and all attention he gets from his riders and volunteers. Along with our Riding Program, Tigo is utilized in our Vaulting Program.

Tigo, our resident Percheron/Thoroughbred cross, is the largest horse currently in our programs! He loves any and all attention he gets from his riders and volunteers. Along with our Riding Program, Tigo is utilized in our Vaulting Program.

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Tucker

Riding Program: Dressage and Jumping, and EFP Program

Tucker is a Pinto and has one of the biggest personalities in the barn! He is lucky enough to be surrounded by a group of mares while at pasture. While he enjoys Dressage, he also loves to jump!

Tucker is a Pinto and has one of the biggest personalities in the barn! He is lucky enough to be surrounded by a group of mares while at pasture. While he enjoys Dressage, he also loves to jump!

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Violet

Riding Program: Dressage and Jumping

Violet is one of our many stunning Quarter Horses in the barn. She is used in our Riding Program and loves to jump! A fun fact about her is that her name used to be Boo-Boo.

Violet is one of our many stunning Quarter Horses in the barn. She is used in our Riding Program and loves to jump! A fun fact about her is that her name used to be Boo-Boo.

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Mr. Bill

Driving Program and EFP Program

Mr. Bill is one of our miniature donkeys! He is as sweet as can be and has an adorable bray. Our donkeys are all trained to drive and we will utilize them in our driving program.

Mr. Bill is one of our miniature donkeys! He is as sweet as can be and has an adorable bray. Our donkeys are all trained to drive and we will utilize them in our driving program.

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Roscoe

Driving Program and EFP Program

Roscoe is another one of our miniature donkeys! He loves his pasture mates very much. Our donkeys are all trained to drive and we will utilize them in our driving program.

Roscoe is another one of our miniature donkeys! He loves his pasture mates very much. Our donkeys are all trained to drive and we will utilize them in our driving program.

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Sapphire

Driving Program and EFP Program

Sapphire is our miniature donkey jenny! She enjoys bossing her pasture mates around. Our donkeys are all trained to drive and we will utilize them in our driving program.

Sapphire is our miniature donkey jenny! She enjoys bossing her pasture mates around. Our donkeys are all trained to drive and we will utilize them in our driving program.

Alex

Alex

Riding Program and EFP Program

Bjorn

Bjorn

Riding Program

Brodhy

Brodhy

EFP Program

Cedar

Cedar

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Cindee

Cindee

Riding Program and EFP Program

Dee

Dee

Riding Program: Eventing, Dressage and Jumping

Duckie

Duckie

Riding Program

Dusty

Dusty

Riding Program, Veterans Program, and EFP Program

Eddie

Eddie

Riding Program

Freckles

Freckles

Riding Program and EFP Superstar

Jake

Jake

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Jewel

Jewel

Riding Program

Juniper

Juniper

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Lenna

Lenna

Riding Program: Dressage and Jumping

Luna

Luna

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Luxi

Luxi

Riding Program: Dressage and Jumping

Mack

Mack

In Training

Meg

Meg

Riding Program and EFP Program

Mr. P

Mr. P

Riding Program

Nadia

Nadia

Riding Program and EFP Program

Pippin

Pippin

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Rebel

Rebel

Riding Program and EFP Program

Red Rain

Red Rain

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Rusty

Rusty

Riding Program

Shahar

Shahar

Riding Program

Sindar

Sindar

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Sterling

Sterling

Riding Program

Streak

Streak

Riding Program

Thistle

Thistle

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Tigo

Tigo

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Tucker

Tucker

Riding Program: Dressage and Jumping, and EFP Program

Violet

Violet

Riding Program: Dressage and Jumping

The Donkeys

The Donkeys

Driving Program and EFP Program

Mr. Bill, Roscoe, and Sapphire