At HETRA we see students with a variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, down syndrome, head injuries, visual impairments, head or spinal cord injuries, autism, and developmental delays. Our students benefit from therapeutic riding in a variety of ways. The rhythmic motion of the horse at the walk helps to relax tight spastic muscles. Sitting on the horse encourages students to hold themselves up which strengthens neck and trunk muscles. Riding also stretches hip and thigh muscles, and improves balance. Interaction with the instructor helps students follow directions, extend their attention span and work on concepts such as right and left. Interaction with the horse allows the students to develop a bond with the animal that improves self-esteem and builds confidence. Each student rides for approximately 30 minutes one time per week, and most students are assisted by a leader and two sidewalkers throughout their session. Two of our instructors are Occupational Therapists who monitor the students progress throughout their participation in the program. Our students range in age from 2 years old to adults. Some students have been riding with our program for 12 years or longer. Parents often report that their child looks forward to their riding session all week often asking each morning if it is their day to ride the horses.
- Click here to fill out the client paperwork online, or Download, print off and fill out the paperwork.
- Mail/fax the paperwork and/or doctors forms to: HETRA, PO Box 260, Valley, NE 68064 Fax: (866) 577-4598
- Once all the paperwork and signed doctor forms are received one of our therapists will contact you to schedule an evaluation. At this evaluation the therapist will then suggest which service will best suit the client.
If you know of someone that could benefit from our program, or if you have questions about becoming a HETRA student please click here or call Erin at (402) 677-5986.