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! 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
Sabina Pariser, West Winds Equine Massage

 

Alex

Alex

Riding Program and EFP Program

Registered name: Iza Jetten in Color

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

Bennie

Riding Program and EFP Program

Registered name: Benetton HHWA

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

Bjorn

Bjorn

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP 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.

Cindee

Cindee

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Registered name: Cindee Lou Who

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 comes from a line of therapy horses starting with her grandmother, Ruby, and her mother, Cedar.

Dee

Dee

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, EFP Program, and EFL Program

Registered name: Rhapsodee in Bleu

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!

Dee is the 2019 Horse of the Year!

Diego

Diego

Riding Program and EFP Program

Diego comes to us with experience in the hunter/jumper world and 4H. He is a goofball who has been known to pick up hog fuel sticks in his pasture and chase his friends. With his steady head he has become a staple in our riding program.

Duckie

Duckie

Riding Program

Registered name: Myte High Society

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.

Dusty

Dusty

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, EFP Program, and EFL 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 many riders’ favorite horse.

Freckles

Freckles

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Registered name: Hop on Spot

Freckles is a Riding Program horse, Rehabilitation Services mount, 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.

Jewel

Jewel

EFP Program and EFL 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 ridden by her owner, Lynda. She loves participating in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy sessions and being groomed!

Kevyn

Kevyn

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Registered name: Kevyn Francis

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

KJ

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, EFP Program

Registered name: Kilimanjaro

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

Leia

Leia

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFP Program

Registered name: TF Liadan

Leia is a beautiful Gypsy Vanner. She is a quirky and playful mare who is learning the ropes of our therapy program. Currently, she is utilized in our Riding program and is in training for our Rehabilitation Services program.

Lenna

Lenna

Riding Program and EFP Program

Registered name: Ulene

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!

Mack

Mack

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, and EFP Program

Registered name: Moose

Mack is the largest horse at Forward Stride but he thinks he’s a pony! He is part Belgian and part Quarter Horse. His favorite things are hay, his owner Kara, and hay.

Mr. P

Mr. P

Riding Program, EFP Program, and EFL Program

Registered name: Max Bet Badger Chex

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.

Nadia

Nadia

Riding Program, EFP Program, and EFL Program

Registered name: Nadia E

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.

Oso

Oso

Riding Program and EFP Program

Registered name: Davidoso

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

Pepper

Riding Program

Registered name: Rajun Cajun 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.

Pippin

Pippin

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, EFP Program, and EFL Program

Registered name: Okjen’s 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!

Rebel

Rebel

Riding Program, EFP Program, and EFL Program

Registered name: WTD Ruger

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.

Sindar

Sindar

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, Rehabilitation Services, EFP Program, and EFL 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 our Rehabilitation Services program day in and day out. At greater than 20 years old, he is looking better than ever!

Sponsor: The Stedman Family

Sterling

Sterling

Riding Program

Registered name: Poco Playboy Whiz

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 pasture.

Streak

Streak

Riding Program and EFP Program

Registered name: Lighteningtimestreak

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

Sunny

Riding Program, Vaulting Program, Rehabilitation Services, and EFL Program

Registered name: Sunny Daze

Sunny, as she is known around the barn, 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!

Sponsor: The von der Heyden Family

Thistle

Thistle

Riding Program, Rehabilitation Services, EFP Program, and EFL 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 in our Riding Program. While she tolerates being handled by adults, her favorite thing is working with children.

Tigo

Tigo

Riding Program and EFP Program

Registered name: Santiago

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.

Tiny

Tiny

Riding Program

Tiny is a bay Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred cross born in 1997. He has a lot of experience to offer his students, from working as a ranch horse to being a mount for 4H students and now a lesson horse in our Riding Program. He is owned and loved by the family of one of our vaulting students.

The Donkeys

The Donkeys

EFP Program and EFL Program

Registered names:
Sassafrass (Sapphire)
Duke of Hazard (Roscoe)

Roscoe and Sapphire are our adorable miniature donkeys. They work with our younger clients in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy since their small stature makes them less intimidating than the larger horses.