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Educational Opportunities

HETRA regularly conducts clinics and workshops for the general public, our community, our volunteers, and also for professionals in the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies Industry.  Those interested can refer to this page of our website for all upcoming clinics and workshops.

2018 Region 7 Pre-Conference Workshop – Thursday, March 15 – 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Hippotherapy 101 & EAAT Horse Management
Thursday, March 15th – 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)
10130 S. 222nd Street, Gretna, Nebraska 68028
$50 per person

Track #1:  Hippotherapy 101  – Are you ready? (12:00 – 4:00 pm)
Who:  OTR, COTA, PT, PTA, Speech Therapist, Therapeutic Riding Instructors or Program Administrators that are interested incorporating Hippotherapy into their program or practice.

Are you a therapist, instructor or program administrator that has an interest in incorporating Hippotherapy into your program or your practice?  Are you a new program or therapist new to using Hippotherapy in your practice?  This 4 hour introductory course will give you a general overview of how we incorporate the use of Hippotherapy at HETRA and help guide you through the initial steps of how and where to get started.   Topics to be covered include:  recruiting and training of your therapy team including therapists, horses and volunteers; adaptive equipment, evaluation and assessment of prospective clients including review of precaution and contraindications, documentation and goal setting, the difference between therapeutic riding and Hippotherapy, and billing and insurance.  The course will be conducted by the HETRA therapy team which includes the following qualifications: Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist, PATH Registered Therapist, Occupational Therapist and a Physical Therapist.

Track #2: EAAT Horse Management (12:00 – 4:00 pm)
Who: TR instructors, Program Administrators, Horse Managers

Are you interested in learning more about the care and management of horses used for therapeutic riding and Hippotherapy programs?   This session will be an interactive educational opportunity, and will cover the following topics:

· Evaluation and Intake of prospective horses

·Donation vs Leasing horses and where do you find that perfect horse

· Training the EAAT Horse – focusing on both physical and mental well being of the equine

· The importance of creating a conditioning program & what does that look like for your center

· Goal setting and job suitability of the equine

· Discharge – when is it time to discharge, and what are your options for rehoming

· Importance of your horse care team

This course conducted by the HETRA horse management team



Past Workshops and Clinics

Equine & Therapeutic Sign Language Workshop – Sat Jan 27, 2-3:30 pm
Please join us at this very affordable, fun, and informative sign language workshop designed specifically for the Equine & Therapeutic environment. Attendees will learn valuable information from expert Ann Alexander, Associate of Arts and Applied Sciences in Sign Language Interpreting. Workshop is held Saturday, January 27 from 2-3:30 pm at the HETRA Barn. For only $25 per person, you and a friend or family member(s) can enjoy time together while building your communications skills. $15 for current HETRA volunteers.

Register here.


Equine Communication Clinic – Sat Nov 11, 2-4 pm
Our most playful and spirited horses will demonstrate interaction, socialization, and horse “speak” during Herd Dynamics. HETRA staff will guide the group to discover how horses communication relate to our everyday lives. In addition, Cindy Downing, professional animal communicator and evidential medium, will share insights into the thoughts and feelings of our equine companions. Cindy will also offer brief, free animal readings. For those interested, please bring a photo of your animal.

Register here.