HETRA offers a variety of options for the Veterans/Service Members in our community. If you are not sure what is the best fit for you please contact us and we can talk you through all of the options! Below is a brief listing of our current programming.
Equine Experience Events
Veterans, Active Military, Spouses, Significant Others, Caregivers, and Immediate Family are invited to HETRA’s Equine Experience Events. Participants will take part in equine-assisted activities designed to engage the senses, learn communication techniques, and discover how our equine partners can assist us with reintegration into our communities. Herd Dynamics, Round Penning, and Grooming activities serve as the foundation of the experience. We offer three different sessions. These sessions are set up to cater to a different demographic, so please read the description of the different levels below before signing up.
Beginner: is open to adults and includes Veterans, Active Duty Military, Spouses, significant others or caregivers that have not attended a previous HETRA Veterans event. The participants will learn more about HETRA and our mission, and begin to interact with the horses through equine-assisted activities. The participants will find that this event offers a comfortable and supportive environment tailored to meet their needs.
Advanced: is open to adults and includes: Veterans, Active Duty Military, Spouses, significant others and caregivers that have previously attended a HETRA beginner event. This more in-depth experience will allow the participants to interact with the horses through more progressive equine-assisted activities tailored to provide challenges as well as growth opportunities for each participant.
Family events: are open to adults and children 5 years and older to include: Veterans, Active Duty Military, Spouses, significant others, caregivers and children (5 years and older). This event will provide fun for the whole family offering equine-assisted activities that will allow participants to engage individuals as well as a family unit.
Veterans Wellness Coaching
These sessions are offered on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Time is spent in both the classroom as well as in the arena working with the horses. Sign up for one or all of these coaching sessions with HETRA's Mental Health Therapist and Veteran Kelli Hatzenbuehler. Space is limited at this time to 4 individuals per class so sign up soon - MUST Register through this link! These events are stand-alone activities so please sign up for and attend what works for your schedule. Session Topics include:
1. Personal Development (weekly topics cover Goal Setting, Building Self-Esteem, Stress Management, & Self-Reflection)
2. Relationship Development (Relationship Goals, Effective Communication, Connection & Praise, Family Dynamic Problem Solving)
3. Work/Life Balance (Work Goals, Problem Solving, Time Management, Leadership Skills)
With horses as our equine partners, we will explore the following topics that affect our everyday life - goal setting, decision making, problem solving, and perspective. Come join us for a fun and innovative way to gain new insight into ourselves through the eyes of the horses. **Please note that the class will be canceled if we have less than 2 participants - you will be notified by HETRA if it is being canceled.
Interested in spending a few hours a week at the barn helping others? Volunteering has been known to counteract the effects of stress and anxiety. helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person.
HETRA offers weekly riding sessions to Veterans/Service Members at no charge. In these sessions, our HETRA team works to create meaningful bonds between the Veteran and the horses. Riding horses can create a natural sense of calm and trust. This greatly aids in long term rehabilitation, and it’s only one of many ways that horses can help.