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How you can become a HETRA participant

At HETRA we see participants with a variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, down syndrome, head injuries, visual impairments, head or spinal cord injuries, autism, and developmental delays. Our participants benefit from therapeutic riding in a variety of ways. The rhythmic motion of the horse at the walk helps to relax tight spastic muscles. Sitting on the horse encourages participantss to hold themselves up which strengthens neck and trunk muscles. Riding also stretches hip and thigh muscles, and improves balance. Interaction with the instructor helps participants follow directions, extend their attention span and work on concepts such as right and left. Interaction with the horse allows the participants to develop a bond with the animal that improves self-esteem and builds confidence.

Each participant rides for approximately 30 minutes one time per week, and most participants are assisted by a leader and two sidewalkers throughout their session. Two of our instructors are Occupational Therapists who monitor the participants progress throughout their participation in the program. Our participants range in age from 2 years old to adults. Some particpants have been riding with our program for 12 years or longer. Parents often report that their child looks forward to their riding session all week often asking each morning if it is their day to ride the horses.

BECOME A HETRA Participant

We Look Forward to Hearing From You

  1. Click here to fill out the client paperwork online, or Download, print off and fill out the paperwork.
  2. Mail or fax the paperwork and/or doctors forms to:
    HETRA
    10130 S. 222nd St.
    Gretna, NE 68028
    Fax: (866) 577-4598
  3. Once all the paperwork and signed doctor forms are received one of our therapists will contact you to schedule an evaluation. At this evaluation the therapist will then suggest which service will best suit the client.

Client Inquiry Form

If you know someone that could benefit from our program, or if you have questions about becoming a participant please click here or call Erin (402) 359-8830.