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 sponsor a horse or donkey by filling out the horse sponsorship form. 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 Sporthorse
Cierra Riffle, DVM
Kalina Scherer, Portland Animal Chiropractic
Willamette Valley Equine

 

Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.
Bennie headshot

Bennie

Riding Program and EFP Program

Bennie is a Haflinger gelding. Bennie was born in Austria and imported as a two-year old. He has competed in Combined Driving and has added dressage and jumping to his skill set.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Bjorn

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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!
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Dee

Riding Program: Eventing, Dressage and Jumping, and Vaulting Program

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. He is in training to be a vaulting horse!
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Dusty

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, 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 Rehabilitation Services.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Jewel

EFP 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.

Kevyn

Riding Program and Vaulting Program

Kevyn is a Clydesdale mare and as sweet as can be! She is fast becoming a superstar in both our Riding Program and our Vaulting Program. She is still young so she requires confident handlers who know what they're doing. At 17.1 hands, she and Tigo are tied for tallest horse in the barn!

KJ

Riding Program, In Training

Kilimanjaro, or KJ as he is known around the barn, is a beautiful Andalusian gelding. He is currently in training to be in our Riding Program.
Lady Jane headshot

Lady Jane

In Training

Lady Jane, or Lady, is a breeding stock Paint. She is all black except for her face and her legs but she is still a Paint horse! She is very sweet and loves to cuddle. She is in training to be in our Riding Program and our Rehabilitation Services program!
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Lenna

Riding Program

Lenna is an outstanding imported Dutch Warmblood mare. She is utilized in our Riding Program and is a fabulous horse for riders to gain their confidence with. Lenna is very sweet and loves people!
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Mack

Riding Program

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 owner Kara, and hay.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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!
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.

Olin

Riding Program

Olin is a former Portland Mounted Patrol Unit horse and has seen all sorts of things in his time on the unit. When the Mounted Patrol was disbanded in August of 2017, they decided to donate Olin to Forward Stride and allow him to continue serving the public. He is half Fjord, one-quarter Percheron, one-quarter Quarter Horse, and one-hundred percent sweetheart.

Oso

In Training

Davidoso, or Oso as he is known in person, is a stunning Andalusian gelding. He has high level dressage training and is currently being taught the ropes of being a lesson horse. When he is not being ridden, Oso enjoys prancing along his pasture fence and showing off his moves to his friends in other fields.
Pepper headshot

Pepper

Riding Program

Pepper is a super friendly Paint gelding who loves teaching his riders how to be calm. His favorite people are his owners, Roberta and Nancy.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Pippin

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

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!
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Sindar

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and Vaulting Program

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!
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Streak

Riding Program and EFP 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!

Sunny

Riding Program and Vaulting Program

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 solid vaulting mount for our smallest vaulters!
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Tigo

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Tigo, our resident Percheron/Thoroughbred cross, is tied for tallest horse at the barn with his pasture mate, Kevyn! He loves any and all attention he gets from his riders and volunteers. Along with our Riding Program, Tigo is utilized in our Psychotherapy program.
Forward Stride Therapy Horse

Tucker

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.
Forward Stride Therapy Donkey

Roscoe

EFP Program

Roscoe is one of our miniature donkeys! He loves his pasture mates very much.
Forward Stride Therapy Donkey

Sapphire

EFP Program

Sapphire is our miniature donkey jenny! She enjoys bossing her pasture mates around.
Alex

Alex

Riding Program and EFP Program

Bennie

Bennie

Riding Program and EFP Program

Bjorn

Bjorn

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Brodhy

Brodhy

EFP Program

Cindee

Cindee

Riding Program and EFP Program

Dee

Dee

Riding Program: Eventing, Dressage and Jumping, and Vaulting Program

Duckie

Duckie

Riding Program

Dusty

Dusty

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Freckles

Freckles

Riding Program and EFP Superstar

Jewel

Jewel

EFP Program

Kevyn

Kevyn

Riding Program & Vaulting Program

KJ

KJ

Riding Program, In Training

Lady Jane

Lady Jane

In Training

Lenna

Lenna

Riding Program

Mack

Mack

Riding Program and Vaulting Program

Meg

Meg

Riding Program and EFP Program

Mr. P

Mr. P

Riding Program

Nadia

Nadia

Riding Program and EFP Program

Olin

Olin

Riding Program

Former Portland Mounted Patrol Unit horse

Oso

Oso

In Training

Pepper

Pepper

Riding Program

Pippin

Pippin

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Rebel

Rebel

Riding Program and EFP Program

Red Rain

Red Rain

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Sindar

Sindar

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and Vaulting Program

Sterling

Sterling

Riding Program

Streak

Streak

Riding Program and EFP Program

Sunny

Sunny

Riding Program and Vaulting Program

Thistle

Thistle

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Tigo

Tigo

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Tucker

Tucker

EFP Program

The Donkeys

The Donkeys

EFP Program

Roscoe and Sapphire

Riding Program and EFP Program

Alex

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.

Riding Program and EFP Program

Bennie

Bennie is a Haflinger gelding. Bennie was born in Austria and imported as a two-year old. He has competed in Combined Driving and has added dressage and jumping to his skill set.

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Bjorn

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.

EFP Program

Brodhy

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.

Riding Program and EFP Program

Cindee

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!

Riding Program: Eventing, Dressage and Jumping, and Vaulting Program

Dee

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. He is in training to be a vaulting horse!

Riding Program

Duckie

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.

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Dusty

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 Rehabilitation Services.

Riding Program and EFP Superstar

Freckles

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.

EFP Program

Jewel

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.

Riding Program and Vaulting Program

Kevyn

Kevyn is a Clydesdale mare and as sweet as can be! She is fast becoming a superstar in both our Riding Program and our Vaulting Program. She is still young so she requires confident handlers who know what they’re doing. At 17.1 hands, she and Tigo are tied for tallest horse in the barn!

Riding Program, In Training

KJ

Kilimanjaro, or KJ as he is known around the barn, is a beautiful Andalusian gelding. He is currently in training to be in our Riding Program.

In Training

Lady Jane

Lady Jane, or Lady, is a breeding stock Paint. She is all black except for her face and her legs but she is still a Paint horse! She is very sweet and loves to cuddle. She is in training to be in our Riding Program and our Rehabilitation Services program!

Riding Program

Lenna

Lenna is an outstanding imported Dutch Warmblood mare. She is utilized in our Riding Program and is a fabulous horse for riders to gain their confidence with. Lenna is very sweet and loves people!

Riding Program

Mack

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 owner Kara, and hay.

Riding Program and EFP Program

Meg

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!

Riding Program

Mr. P

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.

Riding Program and EFP Program

Nadia

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.

Riding Program

Olin

Olin is a former Portland Mounted Patrol Unit horse and has seen all sorts of things in his time on the unit. When the Mounted Patrol was disbanded in August of 2017, they decided to donate Olin to Forward Stride and allow him to continue serving the public. He is half Fjord, one-quarter Percheron, one-quarter Quarter Horse, and one-hundred percent sweetheart.

In Training

Oso

Davidoso, or Oso as he is known in person, is a stunning Andalusian gelding. He has high level dressage training and is currently being taught the ropes of being a lesson horse. When he is not being ridden, Oso enjoys prancing along his pasture fence and showing off his moves to his friends in other fields.

Riding Program

Pepper

Pepper is a super friendly Paint gelding who loves teaching his riders how to be calm. His favorite people are his owners, Roberta and Nancy.

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Pippin

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!

Riding Program and EFP Program

Rebel

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.

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Red Rain

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.

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and Vaulting Program

Sindar

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!

Riding Program

Sterling

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.

Riding Program and EFP Program

Streak

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!

Riding Program and Vaulting Program

Sunny

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 solid vaulting mount for our smallest vaulters!

Riding Program and Rehabilitation Services

Thistle

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.

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Tigo

Tigo, our resident Percheron/Thoroughbred cross, is tied for tallest horse at the barn with his pasture mate, Kevyn! He loves any and all attention he gets from his riders and volunteers. Along with our Riding Program, Tigo is utilized in our Psychotherapy program.

EFP Program

Tucker

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.

EFP Program

Roscoe

Roscoe is one of our miniature donkeys! He loves his pasture mates very much.

EFP Program

Sapphire

Sapphire is our miniature donkey jenny! She enjoys bossing her pasture mates around.