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Therapeutic Riding

imageTherapeutic Riding teaches the rider to control the horse using such skills as reining and use of aids. All therapeutic riding sessions are conducted by a PATH certified instructor and periodically reassessed by a licensed therapist. Therapeutic 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 students progress to the point that they are able to ride independently.


Hippotherapy is done by an Occupational, Physical or Speech Therapist (OT, PT, ST) who 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.

Therapeutic Carriage Driving

Carriage Driving is a fast growing sport. HETRA offers students with physical, mental, sensory, or emotional conditions 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. Therapeutic Driving is all about imparting knowledge of safety, horses, harnessing, and driving skills to children and adults using teamwork. All Therapeutic Driving sessions are conducted by a PATH certified Driving Instructor and is accompanied by an able bodied whip. It takes 3 to 5 volunteers to make one driving turn out!

Public Riding Lessons

imageHETRA offers English and Western riding lessons to the general public. These lessons are very popular with our volunteers and the families of our students. Please contact Erin at erin@hetra.org or (402) 359-8830.

Equine Services For Heroes

HETRA started our Veteran program in September of 2010.  Veterans of any age and type of disability are encouraged to explore participation in this program (specific precautions and contraindications to horseback riding will be addressed through a thorough evaluation by an occupational therapist to determine eligibility).  Our Veteran program is designed to evaluate and provide opportunities for improvement
physically, mentally and socially for participants.  Veterans will participate in 45 minute therapeutic sessions conducted by the HETRA team.  The HETRA team consists of Veteran Volunteers (Horse leaders and sidewalkers to assist the participant), PATH CertifiedTherapeutic Riding Instructors, Occupational Therapists, and a Mental Health Therapist.

Equine Services for Heroes Brochure

Click to View A Video about our Veterans Services

Click to hear an Interview with a Board Member and Past Program Participant

Summer Camp

HETRA is very excited to offer three weeks of summer camp!  The first two weeks are for beginner riders, and will focus on learning basic riding skills as well as fun crafts and activities teaching the beginner rider what it takes to care for a horse.  The third week is designed for the intermediate rider and will focus on more advanced riding skills and horse care.  Please contact Edye at edye@hetra.org or (402) 359-8830

Additional Services

Group tours of the barn
Speakers for events or meetings
College internships
Service learning hours
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, national origin, gender, age, or disability in admission to it’s programs, services, or activities, or in any aspect of their operations.