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Do you like horses and kids? Become a sidewalker at hippotherapy!

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TherapyWorks NW

  • 117 people are interested

TherapyWorks NW is a pediatric therapy clinic specializing in Physical, Occupational, Speech, and Hippotherapy. Hippotherapy is equine assisted therapy in which our patients have 20 minute (sometimes shorter) sessions where they are engaging in activities while riding horseback.

Hippotherapy at our clinic is kids doing therapy while on horseback, and we always need volunteer assistants to help with that. In Hippotherapy, we have a special needs child on the horse, a person handling the horse, a therapist and a side walker assistant who moves along beside the horse and rider. These sidewalkers play games with the children and serve as safety personnel as needed. The sidewalker also help with horse care and barn chores.

An interested volunteer should be comfortable around horses and experience being around horses is best. The volunteer needs to be able to walk for extended periods of time and be strong enough to lift 30-50 lbs momentarily (not repeated lifting, only for emergency dismounts). We have found that longer term volunteers work best in our program so that the kids and the horses have some consistency. We also require sidewalkers to be at least 17 years of age.

Please contact us and come on out to see what it is all about. It is a fun volunteer job. We look forward to meeting you!

*Covid-19 precautions are in place

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About TherapyWorks NW



Mission Statement

TherapyWorks NW mission is to provide physical, occupational,and speech therapies and hippotherapy (which is a therapy done on horseback) for children who have medical need for these services but do not have access to services due to inability to pay.


TherapyWorks NW is a 501(c)3 nonprofit therapy business in east Multnomah County. We provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and the specialization of hippotherpay for children with a variety of nuerologic disabilities. We provide service both charitably and with fee for service where those resources are available. We help families find sponsorship opportunites through foundation support to help get adequate therapy when traditional resources are not available.

Children & Youth
Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.





  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Child Development
  • Physical Therapy


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 15
  • about 3-6 hours per day, once a week.
  • Home schooled individuals welcome (17 years and older).

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