HETRA Offers Informational Tours for Prospective Participants
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA; www.HETRA.org) is hosting special informational tours for anyone interested in becoming a HETRA participant. These individuals will tour the barn, meet therapy horses, watch a session, and visit one-on-one with a therapist to discuss their goals and objectives. It is the best way to discover if HETRA is a fit for you!
HETRA serves 130 participants per week with a variety of needs. Cerebral Palsy, Autism, brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, Down Syndrome, visual/audio impairment, PTSD and mental and behavioral health are all conditions that can benefit from equine assisted activities. Adaptive Riding, Adaptive Carriage Driving, Therapy Services, Life Skills, Equine Services for Military Personnel, Equine Assisted Learning, and Caregiver’s Respite Retreats are among the services provided at HETRA.
“Our daughter began riding at HETRA in 2018. At the time, she was a shy two-year-old who wasn’t walking or talking due to her hypotonia—an overall weakness of her muscles. Today, she runs through the barn on her way to and from her sessions, and her speech is catching up to her peers. The benefits of adaptive riding have been both direct and intangible. Adaptive riding has helped her gain neck and core strength and a better sense of body awareness. Riding horses also builds her confidence in a way other therapies do not,” said one happy parent of a HETRA participant.
To register for a informational tour of HETRA, located at 10130 S. 222nd St. in Gretna, please visit the website at www.HETRA.org or call (402) 359-8830.