Adaptive Riding (formerly known as Therapeutic Riding)
Adaptive riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Adaptive riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure. Adaptive Riding participants are learning to control the horse using such skills as reining and use of aids. All Adaptive Riding sessions are conducted by a PATH, Intl. certified instructor and periodically reassessed by a licensed therapist. Adaptive riding sessions are conducted in a group setting with 2 to 3 riders riding at a time. All riders are accompanied by a leader and two sidewalkers if needed. Some participants progress to the point that they are able to ride independently.
Our Therapy Services are conducted by an Occupational, Physical or Speech Therapist (OT, PT, ST). HETRA’s Therapists specialize in Hippotherapy and have been specially trained to use the movement of the horse to facilitate improvements in their client/patient. It does not teach the client how to ride the horse. Therapists use traditional techniques such as NDT (neurodevelopmental treatment) and SI (sensory integration) along with the movement of the horse as part of their treatment strategy. All goals are therapy directed such as improving balance, coordination, posture, fine motor control, articulation and increasing cognitive skills.
Adaptive Carriage Driving
Carriage Driving is a fast growing sport. HETRA offers participants that do not wish to be or cannot be mounted on a horse the rewards of interaction and control of a horse while driving from a carriage seat. Using a horse and carriage gives participants an alternative or an addition to riding, opening up the world of horses to those who may be unable to ride due to weight, balance, fatigue, fear of heights, the inability to sit astride, or other issues. Adaptive Driving is all about imparting knowledge of safety, horses, harnessing, and driving skills to children and adults using teamwork. All Adaptive Driving sessions are conducted by a PATH, Intl. certified Driving Instructor and is accompanied by an able bodied whip. It takes 3 to 5 volunteers to make one driving lesson happen!
Equine Services For Veterans
Veterans/Service Members of any age and type of disability are encouraged to explore participation in our programming. We have a variety of programs that are available at no cost to Service Member/Veteran participants and in many cases their families as well. Click Here to learn more about our Veteran/Service Member programming.
HETRA has long recognized the necessity for Life Skills services for individuals with disabilities and is proud to offer a year-round comprehensive Life Skills Training Program. Parents, caregivers and service providers in our community are searching for life skills and vocational training programs that offer new approaches to development and education. Our agricultural and equine-based campus provides participants a hands-on learning experience where development takes place through an expanse of activity found in our unique agricultural barn environment.
The Life Skills Platform is used to encourage personal mental health growth in the areas of physiological and safety needs, belongingness and self-esteem and self-actualization. From goals to communication and nutrition to a sense of belonging, Life Skills takes an active approach to mental health by using the horse partnership to reinforce the lesson. The premise of the program is growing self-awareness and practicing the weekly skills in both the classroom and in the barn environment.
This program is adaptable to fit the need of many different individuals or groups. Programming can be implemented with kids aging out of foster care, transitioning Veterans, sensory challenged individuals, or developmentally disabled adults. Please contact us for more information about the Life Skills Training Program – (402) 359-8830 or Click Here to fill out this brief questionnaire and someone will reach out to you.
Equine Assisted Learning
For groups, EAL is an educational approach that facilitates the development of critical life skills. EAL sessions include unique and engaging activities with horses that teach character development and reinforce life skills such as communication, confidence, emotional identification and regulation, teamwork, trust, respect, responsibility, integrity, and perseverance.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
Equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) is an experiential form of psychotherapy that involves equines. EFP is defined as an interactive process in which a licensed mental health professional working with or as an appropriately credentialed equine professional partners with suitable equine(s) to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client.
HETRA also offers English and Western riding lessons to the general public. These lessons are very popular with our volunteers and the families of our participants. All public riding sessions are integrated with our other adaptive riding participants. Group lessons are created with participants with similar skill levels. If you are interested in public riding sessions please fill out the paperwork and we will contact you to schedule a weekly riding session.
Group tours of the barn
Team building & corporate events
Speakers for events or meetings
For more information on any of these services please contact us at (402) 359-8830.
HETRA’s Non-Discrimination Policy: HETRA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, leave status, veteran status, medical condition genetic information, age, disability, marital status, AIDS/HIV status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.