Meet the Equines

Forward Stride’s horses are specially chosen and tested for appropriateness for the work that we do before they are brought into our organization. Each one goes through extensive training before they serve in our Equestrian Sports and Clinical Services programs. The work that therapy horses do is rigorous and requires a special temperament and work ethic. We are extremely lucky to have such a diverse herd of kind, steady equines ready to serve our community.

Happy and healthy horses and donkeys are key to our success and that of our participants. The annual cost of feed, shavings, horse shoes, veterinary care, and training for horses adds up quickly. If you are interested in being an integral part of the success of our herd, you can become a Herd Helper and partially or fully support one of our amazing horses. Our equines will thank you!

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 Equine Veterinary Services
Cierra Riffle, DVM
Kalina Scherer, Portland Animal Chiropractic
Willamette Valley Equine
Sabina Pariser, West Winds Equine Massage

 

Andre

Andre

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Andre is an easy-going North American Spotted Draft/ Paint Cross who is just as kind as he looks! Before coming to Forward Stride he was a jack of all trades and dabbled in many different equestrian disciplines. He is calm and consistent in all settings!

Andre is partially supported by Susan Sjordal through the Herd Helpers program! 

Bjorn

Bjorn

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, Vaulting, and EAP Program

Registered name: Teddy Bjørn

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. He loves learning new skills and switching up his routine, making him a true jack of all trades!

Bjorn would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Chacco

Chacco

In Training

Chacco is a Pasofino/Arabian gelding who is in training at Forward Stride! He is a true Palomino horse and is sweet as can be. He can often be spotted grooming his pasture-mate Dakota and getting those hard-to-reach spots with a good scratch!

 Chacco is partially supported by Amber Varner through the Herd Helpers program!

Dakota

Dakota

Riding Program

Dakota is a Morgan Cross gelding that jumped right into our riding program! Although he loves rough housing with his friends in the field, he is calm and collected in his lessons. Dakota meets all of his riders where they are at and is a great mount for all skill levels!

Dakota would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Dusty

Dusty

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, Vaulting, EAP Program, and EAL Program

Registered name: Jester’s Toby

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. He is a barn favorite and is owned by our Programs Director, Amanda Garrison. Dusty is also one of the oldest horses in the program at 30 years old!

Dusty would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Ellie

Ellie

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Ellie is a Pony of America/Quarter Horse cross mare and is a perfect mount for our advancing young riders! She has competed in Pony Club and takes her job as a lesson horse very seriously. When she’s not working, she can be found sharing hay with her bestie, Taffy!

Ellie would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Fleur

Fleur

Riding Program and Vaulting Program

Fleur is a sophisticated Hanoverian mare who loves working with advancing riders. Before coming to Forward Stride she was a hunter jumper and a beginner vaulting horse in a lesson program, so she is a great addition to the herd!

Fleur would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Jewel

Jewel

EAP Program and EAL Program

Registered name: King’s Elegant Jewel

Jewel, as she is known around the barn, is a charming Quarter Pony. Her coloring, Dark Dun, is unique at our barn. Jewel has spent time as an experienced Oregon High School Equestrian Team and 4H horse, though now she enjoys being exercised by her owner, Lynda. She loves participating in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions and being groomed!

Jewel is partially supported by Robert Glenn through the Herd Helpers program!

Kevyn

Kevyn

Riding Program and Vaulting Program

Registered name: Kevyn Francis

Kevyn is a Clydesdale mare and as sweet as can be! She is a superstar in both our Riding and Vaulting Programs. At 17.1 hands, she and Tigo are tied for tallest horse in our programs. Don’t let her size intimidate you though, Kevyn is a true gentle giant and is well loved by all of her riders and vaulters!

Kevyn would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Kip

Kip

Riding Program, EAL Program, and EAP Program

Registered name: Majestic Kip Version

Kip is a Quarter Horse gelding that moved here from Kentucky with his owner Emily Dent, one of our Riding Instructors. He competed in barrel racing, pole bending, and some other speedy gaming events for about a decade. Now, he is learning that slow and steady wins the race!

Kip is partially supported by Shannon Watson through the Herd Helpers program!

KJ

KJ

Riding Program, EAP Program

Registered name: Kilimanjaro

KJ, as he is known around the barn, is a beautiful Andalusian gelding, who came to us with his brother Oso. KJ can usually be found covering his beautifully dappled coat in mud when he is not working! He is in the Riding Program and competed in dressage before coming to Forward Stride.

KJ would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Maverick

Maverick

Riding Program

Maverick is a small but mighty Welsh/Arabian cross! The day before this guy came to Forward Stride he was competing in cross country and has since been working on maintaining a slower pace and relaxing during his lessons. He enjoys playing with his pal, Dusty!

Maverick would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Oso

Oso

Riding Program and EAP Program

Registered name: Davidoso

Oso is a stunning Andalusian gelding like his brother KJ. He has high level dressage training and is currently a wonderful mount for intermediate to experienced riders. When he is not being ridden, Oso enjoys prancing along his pasture fence and showing off his moves to his friends in other fields.

Oso would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Panache

Panache

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and Rehabilitation Services

Panache is a striking Gypsy Vanner/Kiger Mustang gelding who just finished training for Rehabilitation Services and is continuing to train as a mount for the Riding Program. He can be found hanging out and playing with his pasture-mates, Royal, Taffy, and Ellie!

Panache would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Pickles

Pickles

Riding Program

Pickles is a sweet and funny Gypsy Vanner gelding working in our riding program. He loves going on trail rides, and is currently training for our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program. Pickles loves to take turns grooming his pasture-mate Kevyn!

Pickles would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Pippin

Pippin

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, EAP Program, and EAL Program

Registered name: Okjen’s Pippin

Pippin is the PATH Int’l 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 been featured in a Nike commercial!

Pippin would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Reba

Reba

In Training

Reba is a one of the newest (and tallest!) additions to the Forward Stride herd, joining us in October 2023. She is a Percheron cross and is learning the ropes of our Vaulting Program. She’s smart as a whip and loves to meet new people, always making friends at the barn!

Reba would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Roxy

Roxy

Riding Program

Roxy is a stunning chestnut mare with a heart of gold! She quickly fit right into our Riding Program and is well-loved by staff, volunteers, and clients alike. She is super friendly and enthusiastically greets those that approach her at the barn. 

Roxy would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Royal

Royal

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, Rehabilitation Services

Registered name: Cascade’s Royal

Royal is a Belgian Paint cross and an absolutely stellar vaulting horse! She is cool under pressure and always eager to please in every setting, making her also a crowd favorite for Forward Stride’s Riding Program.

Royal would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Rune

Rune

Riding Program, EAP Program, EAL Program, Vaulting, and Rehabilitation Services

Registered name: Goldcharm

Rune is a Hanoverian gelding with a “been there, done that” personality. He is a fantastic teacher and ensures all of his riders learn how to have a good seat. Rune is owned by our Executive Director, Amber Varner, and is a stellar mount for her two daughters!

Rune would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Sindar

Sindar

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, Rehabilitation Services, EAP Program, and EAL Program

Registered name: Raintree’s Sindar

When we think of a steady horse in our herd, Sindar is one that immediately comes to mind. He is a rockstar in every single program day in and day out. At 29 years old, he is tied with Dusty as being the oldest horse in the barn!

Sindar is partially supported by Karen McCormick through the Herd Helpers program!

Snickers

Snickers

EAL Program, EAP Program, and Rehabilitation Services

Snickers, our resident mini horse, is a popular guy around the barn with his fuzzy coat and love of attention! His small size makes him a great horse for timid newcomers to learn equine care and groundwork basics. Rumor has it that this little guy even knows how to pull a cart!

Snickers would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Spirit

Spirit

Riding Program

Spirit, a BLM Mustang gelding, was adopted as a wild mustang off the BLM land and is trained in dressage. He is a great teacher for riders of all skill levels. Spirit is very sweet and super interested in everyone he meets, both humans and horses!

Spirit would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Sterling

Sterling

Riding Program, Vaulting, and EAP Program

Registered name: Poco Playboy Whiz

Sterling is our 2023 Horse of the Year! 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 and Vaulting programs. Sterling can often be found sunbathing in the mud and loves a good grooming afterwards!

 

Sterling would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Storm

Storm

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, EAP Program, and EAL Program

Storm is a striking Drum Horse mare with a super sweet personality. She is learning how to become a reliable Riding Program horse and is a sturdy mount for Rehabilitation Services. This sociable mare wants to be everyone’s friend! Storm is co-owned by our EAP Program Coordinator, Jessica Conwell and Riding Instructor & Equine Specialist, Micah Vaughn.

Storm would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Sunny

Sunny

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, Rehabilitation Services, EAP Program and EAL Program

Registered name: Sunny Daze

Sunny  is a super sweet pony who loves teaching youngsters how to ride. She is a Haflinger mix and dazzles all with her bright palomino coat. She is a slow and steady mount for beginners!

Sunny is fully supported by the von der Heyden Family through the Herd Helpers program!

Taffy

Taffy

Riding Program

Taffy is a very sweet palomino mare who came to Forward Stride from another lesson program, so she was immediately a great fit! Taffy is both confident and calm which makes her an exceptional amount for young riders learning to be independent on their horse.

Taffy would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!

Thistle

Thistle

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, EAP Program, and EAL Program

Registered name: Evan’s Thistle Isle

We have many cute ponies at Forward Stride, and Thistle is certainly one of them! She is incredible in our Rehabilitation Services and Riding Programs. While she tolerates being handled by adults, her favorite thing is working with children.

Thistle is partially supported by Bob and Sharon Collin through the Herd Helpers program!

Tigo

Tigo

Riding Program and EAL Program

Registered name: Santiago

Tigo, our resident Percheron/Thoroughbred cross, is tied for the tallest horse in our programs with Kevyn! He loves any and all attention he gets from his riders and volunteers. Tigo has been in our program for over 15 years and has taught many riders in that time!

Tigo would love your support through the Herd Helpers program!