News from the Herd

On the left, a black horse with a white blaze peeks out of a stall. On the right, a cream horse lays on the ground looking toward the camera.

Hello and Happy Saturday!

We have some herd updates to share with you! First off, we have some new faces around the barn. Please welcome Storm and Cici! Storm, the black mare pictured on the left, is a 7-year old Drum Horse owned by staff members Jessica and Micah. She is in training to be in the Riding Program, the Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Program, and even the Rehabilitation Services program!

Cici, the dun (cream and brown) colored mare pictured on the right, is a 13-year old Fjord horse purchased by Forward Stride. She has some training to go before she is ready to get to work in our programs, but we see the potential for a great therapy horse in her!

Lastly, we are sad to announce that Dee, our 2019 Horse of the Year, will be retiring.

At the end of February this year, Dee was diagnosed with DSLD, degenerative suspensory ligament disease, which means that he can no longer be ridden. We are grateful for the years of service Dee has given to Forward Stride, participating in almost every program. He distinguished himself as a phenomenal lesson horse, helping students to gain confidence in dressage, jumping, drill, and even cow work! He was a steady companion for clients in our Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Program, and excelled as a mount for our Vaulting Program. His owner, our Equine Coordinator Mackenzie Johnson, is working on finding the perfect retirement home for him, so he will not be leaving Forward Stride immediately.

Best wishes in your new life of leisure, Dee! You leave behind some big shoes to fill.