Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
Walk. Ride. Rodeo. Movie Poster Image
Parents recommend
Inspiring true story of teen recovering from severe injury.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

We think this movie stands out for:

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

To deal with life-changing, tragic events one must be resilient, courageous, determined, able to accept help from others. "We don't always choose what happens to us, but we do get to choose what we do next." Accepting reality of situation is crucial but shouldn't be defeating. "Give up, give in, and then give it your all."


Positive Role Models & Representations

Heroic young woman struggles to adapt to incapacitating injury. Ultimately, she utilizes all resources at hand, is resolute and brave, works hard to achieve challenging goals she has set for herself. Adult characters are supportive, loving, wise, committed, consistent. Ethnic diversity.


Dreadful vehicle accident results in life-altering injuries; bloody wounds, anguishing pain. Accident is repeated in flashback. Rehab results in some falls. 




"Butt," "hell."


Classic Equine equipment, Ford, Apple.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Walk. Ride. Rodeo. is an inspirational tale based on the true story of teen Amberley Snyder (Spencer Locke), a promising rodeo competitor who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in an auto accident. The movie portrays her recovery, both physical and emotional, as well as her journey back to participation in the sport she loves. Snyder fully took part in making the movie, including doing all of the stunt riding herself. Snyder's fateful auto accident is depicted graphically -- and repeated in flashback -- and includes a rollover, seeing the vehicle airborne, bloody injuries, and severe pain. The scenes of the girl's rehabilitation are also intense as she struggles to make her body work again. Language is limited to "hell," and there's some kissing. Lots of encouraging messages are incorporated into the movie about holding fast to goals, acceptance of adversity, and the value of committed parental involvement. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMama Fray July 7, 2020

Great movie & message with some language and unsettling, realistic scenes to be aware of with younger/sensitive viewers

The crash and subsequent flashback scenes are very visually and auditorily realistic, so most kids and sensitive viewers will need to be prepped for them ahead... Continue reading
Parent Written bySarah R. June 8, 2020
Teen, 17 years old Written byteddytheshetlandpony October 5, 2020

Amazing, true and inspiring film

Amazing film that tells the true story of the real professional barrel racer Amberley Synder. I think it is okay to be viewed by mature 10-12 year olds and up.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfaith266666 April 8, 2020

i love it

win she ride agin

What's the story?

Amberley Snyder (Spencer Locke) is a very lucky girl as WALK. RIDE. RODEO. opens. She has wonderful parents and loving siblings and is looking forward to college. But what matters most to Amberley is riding. She's been riding horses on her parents' ranch since she was a very little girl. Amberley's good at it, so good that she's found great success as a barrel racer in rodeo competition with Power, her own special horse. A tragic accident changes everything. Thrown from her truck in an accident, Amberley sustains life-altering injuries. Paralyzed from the waist down, Amberley and her family are devastated. It isn't long, however, before her parents, Tina (Missi Pyle) and Cory (Bailey Chase), discover that Amberley is not to be defeated. With their help and the committed care of medical professionals, the teen determines not just to ride horses again, but also to compete in the rodeo. It's a daunting challenge, with serious ups and downs, but one that Amberley faces with courage and heart.

Is it any good?

A feisty, true-life heroine and beautiful horses offset this predictable message-driven story about accepting adversity and the power of determination and courage. Solid performances balance some of the rockier ones, and the efforts to create an honest re-enactment (guided by Amberley Snyder) are admirable. Stories like hers deserve to be told, and what makes Walk. Ride. Rodeo. special is the awareness that Snyder does all of the stunt riding herself. Snyder, seat-belted in the saddle (sadly she wasn't wearing such a belt when the truck overturned), insisted on riding because the method she's adapted is unique and couldn't be imitated by anyone. Fine for family viewing, especially for girls who love horses and stories about good people who "give up, give in, and give it their all."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what movies like Walk. Ride. Rodeo. teach us. Clearly this story is about conquering a life-changing accident and accepting one's limitations, but how can the messages it delivers be valuable for everyone? Think of a situation in which you might have used a concept like "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." 

  • How did Amberley's story illustrate such character strengths as courage, perseverance, communication, and teamwork? Besides Amberley, who are the role models in this film? Why?

  • Over the course of the movie, Amberley says, "We don't always choose what happens to us, but we do get to choose what we do next." Give some examples of situations where you have found this statement to be true.

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love inspiring tales

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate