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We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Forward Stride



Forward Stride
18218 SW Horse Tale DR
Beaverton OR 97007
503-590-5929

Tax ID/EIN: 32-0082786
Year Founded: 2003
Last Updated 2017-05-04

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

90% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Forward Stride is dedicated to improving lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Our Hippotherapy Program offers people of all ages - including children as young as two - uniquely powerful therapeutic sessions on horseback with licensed physical, speech, and occupational therapists. Our Riding Program helps children and adults of all abilities - including those with special needs - develop fitness, horsemanship skills, and self-confidence. Our Veterans Program offers military veterans opportunities to participate in therapeutic riding instruction with their peers - free of charge.

Horse-related programs:
Our Inclusive Riding Program offers children and adults of all abilities opportunities to develop horsemanship skills, fitness, communication, social skills and self-confidence. Inclusion within the Riding Program is what makes growth and healing a success beyond direct clinical services and learning basic riding skills. All riders are placed in lessons based on their shared abilities and current riding levels, rather than their disabilities. In this way, everyone focuses on overcoming shared challenges together and building on one another’s strengths.<br />Our Clinical Services Program offers people of all age’s sessions with licensed physical, speech and language, occupational or mental health therapists who specialize in using equine movement or behavior as a treatment tool in integrated treatment plans. This program includes:<br />Hippotherapy - This approach is provided by a specially trained physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, occupational therapist, certified occupational therapy assistant, or speech and language pathologist. This strategy is typically used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve specific improvements in functional outcomes and has been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, and motor development, as well as emotional well-being.<br />Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) – This approach is a collaborative effort between a licensed mental health professional and a horse professional designed to address specific treatment issues presented by a psychotherapy client.

Non-horse-related programs:
Our Inclusive Volunteer Program is more than a vital element of our operations; our volunteers are a crucial component of our Continuum of Care. All of our programs utilize our robust volunteer community of 175 dedicated individuals who staff 140 hours of work per week. Many choose Forward Stride to support their personal, social, and psychological well-being.
Our Inclusive Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional, and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Learning activities can be used to re-engage individuals in academic learning, increase one’s ability to build and maintain positive relationships, and decrease symptoms of stress and anxiety.
EAL includes our newest program 99 Hands, a vocational training program for young adults ages 18 - 24. Individuals in this program receive paid vocational training in barn management, horse training, and landscaping. 99 Hands is designed for individuals who have particular challenges, such as autism and developmental/emotional disorders. Participants receive individualized training, based on their abilities and goals, to prepare them to enter the general workforce along with EAL skills.


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