Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy -HETRAFor an individual with a disability, many hours are spent each week in therapy sessions working on motor control, balance and strength. Most of these hours are typically spent indoors in clinical, medical settings.
Now, imagine the difference in being able to receive therapy outdoors or in a barn environment, with the assistance of a 1,300-lb horse! This is what we do!
HETRA's mission is to improve the quality of life, both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities through equine assisted activities. The population HETRA serves includes people with autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia, down syndrome, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and developmental delays. HETRA also serves our Military Veterans. Our youngest participant at HETRA must be at least 2 years of age, and in our history, the oldest was 92 years old. HETRA is currently serving 137 individuals EVERY WEEK.
HETRA is the only Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Intl Premier Accredited Center in Nebraska, with the closest Center over 200 miles away.
Visit our website at www.HETRA.org
This campaign expires December 31, 2017
The impact of weekly, 30 minute riding sessions for a person with a disability can be life-changing. Participants see results that greatly improve their quality of life, including improved core muscle strength, fine and gross motor skills, posture and balance, range of motion, trunk and neck control, and hand-eye coordination. Participants may gain independence as many become increasingly more ambulatory and able to progress from the confinement of utilizing a wheel chair, crutches, or canes. Many participants also become increasingly verbal, as the motivation to command their horse during riding sessions carries over to their home and personal life.
In addition to equine therapy at HETRA, our participants often receive additional outside forms of clinical therapy every week, whether in a physician's office, school setting, aquatic or speech therapy. The cost of cumulative therapy sessions, along with the expense of special needs needs equipment for a family with a child or adult with a disability adds up quickly and can often be cost prohibitive. However, HETRA has never turned away a family or rider based on their financial situation or ability to pay.