Become a Rider

Horse Back Riding for disabledBecome a Rider

Thank you for your interest in becoming a participant at Walk On. Our program takes place at a specially designed facility. Individualized programs for each student will be designed by the program director, a PATH Master Level Instructor and Occupational Therapist. We accept riders as young as three and as mature as ninety-three years old. Our therapeutic riding program operates year round six days a week.

Why is Therapeutic Riding effective?

Horse Back Riding DisabilitiesPHYSICAL: Balance, coordination, mobility, muscle tone, motor control, sensory integration and visual/spatial orientation.
COGNITION: Attention, communication, judgment, following directions, problem solving and sequencing.
SOCIAL: Cooperation, empathy, responsibility, respect and trust.
EMOTIONAL: Confidence, motivation, goal setting and self-esteem.
BEHAVIORAL: Relaxation and self-discipline.

Our Therapeutic Riding Program is organized on a seasonal session schedule (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall). Each session lasts between eight and fourteen weeks depending upon the time of the year. Please see our program calendar. Availability of times for riders depends upon the availability and the flexibility of the participant.

Becoming a Walk On Participant is simple.

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Call or email us to discuss your potential rider. This will determine if our program is a promising match for your rider.

  • What is the diagnosis (special need)
  • What days and times is the potential rider available

Once an evaluation is scheduled please download the following documents; you will need to bring them to your evaluation:

Theraputic RidingComplete Participant Registration Packet

Review our Participant/Parent Handbook

How much does therapeutic horseback riding cost?

  • The initial evaluation (conducted by our licensed Occupational Therapist) is $150.
  • Walk On offers private, semi-private and group lessons, depending upon the ability and goals of the participant. Sessions vary in length from 6 weeks to 14 weeks. Walk On runs four sessions in a calendar year (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall). Please call the Walk On office for current pricing.
  • Walk On does not accept health insurance, nor are we able to bill your insurance company.

We love sharing our program with visitors. Walk On is located in Barrington Illinois, at the corner of Cuba and Hart Roads. As a courtesy to our riders and staff, please call ahead at (847)381-4231 to schedule a visit.

Participant Forms