Bronco inducted into the
EQUUS Foundation Horse Stars Hall of Fame!
Read the full story here.


Equine Criteria for Bison Strides Programming


Our program horses are the foundation of Bison Strides. Without them, we would be unable to provide services of exceptional quality and so we ensure they receive excellent care. Bison Strides purchases program horses, as well as accepts donated horses who meet the program requirements as outlined below and pass screening and trial period evaluations. If you know of a horse who may fit the criteria or you are interest in donating an equine to our program, please complete the Prospective Horse Donation form and e-mail it to You may also call Erika Berg at 701-231-9611.


To be considered for program service, an equine should be:

  • Between the ages of 4 and 20 years

  • No less than 13 hands high (52 inches) and no more than 16.2 hands high (66 inches). Please note that exceptions will be made for specific reasons, such as minis who serve in equine assisted learning programs.

  • Sound with no physical limitations.

  • Forgiving of inexperienced and/or unbalanced riders.

  • Obedient to both voice and leg signals.

  • Quiet and well-mannered on the ground.

  • Able to walk, jog/trot and lope/canter if above 14 hands.

  • Able to walk and jog/trot if below 14 hands.

  • Experienced under saddle with a minimum of one year being ridden.

  • Meet current and/or projected needs of the program, as identified by the Bison Strides Program Director or his/her designee.

2022 Bison Strides Horses


Blondie is a 22-year-old Belgian Quarter Horse cross mare owned by Bison Strides. Blondie's favorite thing is being the boss mare!

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Winston is a 24-year-old bay Quarter Horse gelding owned by Malinda Olhoft of Moorhead, MN. Winston's favorite activity is trotting!

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Bronco is a 29-year-old dun Quarter Horse gelding
owned by the Berg family of Kindred, ND. Bronco's favorite activity is playing soccer!

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Pepper is a 16-year-old dark brown Hanoverian mare owned by the Berg family of Kindred, ND. Pepper's favorite thing to do is roll in the dirt!

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Cutter is a 11-year-old Palomino Quarter Horse gelding owned by Keith Johnson of Sharon, ND. Cutter's favorite activity is jousting!


Dusty is a 4-year-old Palomino gelding owned by Keith Johnson of Sharon, ND. Dusty loves equine assisted learning and working with the veterans.

Lizzy is a 7-year-old sorrel Quarter Horse mare owned by Jennifer Thorson of Fargo, ND. Lizzie loves the independent riders.

Spark and Tony are 4-year-old miniature horses owned by Bison Strides and they are working on their Pet Partners certification!