HETRA Offering Barn Tours for Prospective Volunteers
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) (www.HETRA.org) is currently seeking volunteers!
HETRA offers Equine Assisted Activities for adults and children with disabilities. Equine-assisted activity contributes to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. It provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport, and recreation and leisure. Participants are learning to control the horse through reining and use of aids. Therapeutic riding sessions are conducted by PATH, Intl. certified instructors, are periodically assessed by a licensed therapist, and are assisted by many valuable volunteers.
Barn tours held for prospective volunteers happen regularly and are a vital part of recruitment for HETRA’s equine assisted therapeutic programs. In 2017, HETRA served over 240 participants, conducted nearly 3,000 programming hours, with the help of over 250 volunteers who logged nearly 20,500 hours. The vitality of the program rests with the commitment and depth of an exceptional volunteer base.
Registration is made easy through online sign up at www.HETRA.org. Tours are led by HETRA Staff during active sessions. During this time, attendees learn the difference between therapeutic riding and therapy services through the observation of riders, instructors, therapists, and current volunteers.
Time is also spent learning about the available opportunities for volunteering and what it takes to fulfill these critical roles. Volunteer duties include grooming, tacking, leading, side walking, equipment coordination, with the opportunity to advance to higher level activity.
Find a tour date on HETRA’s event calendar at www.HETRA.org.