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“WALK ON!” the rider says to horse with the leader and sidewalkers in step.
“Walk On”, your legs using the horse’s gait, the horse’s muscles to make your muscles stronger, the warm body carrying you to new experiences.
Riding the horse builds confidence, empowers the rider to reach new goals- physical, emotional, social, and spiritual... all with the quiet words of “WALK ON!”.
This is the meaning and mission of Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs, Inc. Along with fun and the enjoyment of of riding a horse, therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities have been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination and motor development.
Walk On was established in 2001 and serves individuals with a disability to pursue an equine experience in a safe and fun manner.
Walk On is a place where, through the bonding of horse, rider, and volunteers, the individual will enhance their mind, body, and spirit.
The staff works closely with the medical community to better serve the riders and to ensure a safe and healthy riding program.
Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs, Inc. is a 501c 3 nonprofit organization and is overseen by a board of directors.
Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs are held at the Double K Acres Equestrian and Therapeutic Riding Center located in the beautiful Kinnickinnic River Valley northeast of River Falls, Wisconsin.
Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs, Inc. is under the direction of a PATH Registered Certified Instructor, and follows the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International guidelines. Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs, Inc. and Double K Acres Equestrian and Therapeutic Riding Center are members of PATH International (formerly known as NARHA - The North American Riding For the Handicapped Association).
Mailing address: Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs, Inc.
1469 County Road J
River Falls, WI 54022
The Lead Rope Newsletter
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**In an effort to reduce cost of postage, The Lead Rope is now available electronically! If you are already currently on our mailing list, email or call us to let us know if you would like to receive future issues delivered to your Inbox versus your mail box. Thank you for considering this option, and we hope you take advantage of it!
Join Us For Some HORSE PLAY
“At WALK ON, Horse Play is OK!” Horse Play is a program held on Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at the barn beginning January 17th. It is open to riders and their families or caregivers and volunteers and their families. It is time for playing with the horses. This may include brushing, feeding, walking them in the arena, cleaning their stall, and playing with equipment in the arena. It is time for reconnection with the horses and the horses reconnecting with what is happening in the classes. It is also a time for the riders and volunteers to share a time at the barn to visit as well. There will not be any riding unless it is part of the playing process to become familiar with the classes. One can come any time during that time period and stay as long as you wish. You can work with your favorite horse and it is happening at no charge. You just show up and no need to schedule a time.
Successful Food Drive
Caption from the River Falls Journal (11/29/12): Several riders from the Walk-On Therapeutic Riding School helped deliver 256 pounds of food to the River Falls Community Food Pantry on Saturday, Nov. 17, bringing the food in a horse-drawn buggy. Walk On owner-operator Ken Giske – pictured driving the buggy – said the group loaded it in town then drove it a short way to the food pantry, with some people riding in the buggy, some walking along with it and some driving their cars to meet the group. Riders, their families and volunteers all helped collect the food over a five-week period, hoping to help out the food pantry during a high-demand time of year. Walk-On provides services for kids with mental and physical disabilities. Horseback riding provides not only their confidence but also the kids’ social, emotional and physical skills and health. The Giskes – Ken and his late wife, Katy – are well-known area “horse people” who established the riding school in 2001 at their town of Kinnickinnic property. Learn more about the program at its web site: www.walkontherapeuticriding.org. Call the school at 715-425-2025 or e-mail at walkon@usfamily. net.
Sad News About Whiskey
Whiskey passed away Sunday, Dec. 2. Cause of death is unknown but more than likely due to his age. He was in the arena at noon and seemed to be ok and he was found lying in the pasture about 6 p.m. He served many riders at Walk On and the kid’s camp that he was at before Walk ON very well. Sad day for Walk ON.
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs website.
We are in the process of redesigning the website. It will have a whole new look, with lots of new features and regular updates so it will be easy for you to keep up to date on what is happening at Walk On! In the meantime, please scroll down to the bottom of this page for a list of upcoming events. If you are not already on our mailing list, there is also a link at the bottom of this page that you can click on if you would like to download our January issue of The Lead Rope newsletter for more detailed information on events, current news, as well as a donation form for the Wrangling Up Donations fund raiser, and much, much more.
Walk On’s NEW email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please update your address book.