1. Getting Started
First please complete all paperwork
included in this package. Then either
mail (HETRA, 10130 S. 222nd Street, Gretna, NE 68028) or fax (866)
577-4598) your completed paperwork in to HETRA.
Once your paperwork has been received & processed you will be
contacted to set up a time for an evaluation with one of our therapists (new Participants)
or to schedule your riding time (returning Participants). If you are a returning Participant your reevaluation,
if needed, will be completed during your first riding session. All new Participants need to schedule an
evaluation time. There will be a $30.00 registration fee for
all Participants. Evaluation fees are
$60 for Therapeutic Riding/Driving Participants and $90 for Hippotherapy Participants
(see billing information for more details on fees).
Adaptive Riding, Adaptive Carriage Driving, and Therapy Services Programs. There is a description of each program
below. At the time of your Participant
evaluation one of our therapists will discuss each program with you and make a
recommendation as to which program is most appropriate for the Participant.
Riding time: If there are 2 or fewer riders, the riding
session will be 30 minutes. If there are
3 participants, the riding session will be 45 minutes. This allows time for mounting and
dismounting. It is up to the
instructors’ discretion to decrease the length of a session for any reason
including the following: Participant
fatiguing, Participant medical problems, Participant complaining of discomfort,
Participant being unbalanced, Participant behavior problems, horse fatiguing or
other horse related problems. If a horse
problem occurs we will attempt to complete your session time, if possible, on
another horse. Instructors will attempt
to evaluate each individual Participants needs and continue the session if
possible. We would highly encourage
all parents to attend a volunteer training.
Because our program relies heavily on volunteers there is always the
chance that we may have volunteer no-shows or cancellations. It is very helpful to the HETRA staff to know
that we have trained parents able to step in for absent volunteers, this will
also enable your Participant to continue with their mounted session as
planned. If there are not enough
volunteers, or horses available to conduct a safe riding lesson a
ground/grooming lesson may be offered in place of the riding session.
Adaptive Riding Program: Participants are scheduled to ride once a week for either 30
or 45 minutes. The minimum age for this program is 4 years old. Participants are eligible to ride more that
once a week if there are available time slots.
All Adaptive Riding Participants are instructed or supervised by PATH,
Intl. certified riding instructors.
These are typically group sessions with one instructor teaching 2 to 3 Participants. Participants are screened by
a therapist and their programs are periodically reviewed by the therapist for
Therapy Services: Participants in this program will participate
1-3 times per week with the time frame and number of times per week being
recommended by the therapist, physician and family. Therapy Participants must be at least 2
years old. A licensed OT, PT, PTA, or
COTA will conduct all sessions. Goals
for this program focus on functional ability.
This program is basically an outpatient OT or PT session with the horse
being utilized as one of the treatment tools within this session.
Driving Program: Participants will participate one time per
week for 30 minutes. These will be individual
sessions instructed by a PATH, Intl. certified driving instructor. Participants are evaluated and periodically
reviewed by one of our therapists.
3. Participant Dismissal & Discharge Policy
It is at the
discretion of HETRA’s Staff to accept or remove a Participant from the program.
The results of a risk/benefit analysis will also be considered. Participants
who do not adhere to the rules and procedures or meet the guidelines for
eligibility are subject to dismissal or discharge. Possible grounds for
dismissal may include, but are not limited to: conduct endangering another Participant
or staff or the horse, conduct endangering themselves, consistent failure to
follow safety procedures with respect to the horses & facility, a gain in
weight above the HETRA maximum levels, frequent cancellations or no shows. The
development of a contraindicated condition or the deterioration of a condition
to the point horseback riding is no longer beneficial or could be harmful to
the participant or where safety for the Participant or others has become a
at HETRA shall have no history of inappropriate behavior with fire or any
tendencies or history of abuse or violence directed toward other people or
animals. HETRA reserves the right to deny services to any individual based upon
concerns for the applicant’s safety and/or the safety of the horses,
volunteers, staff, facility, or for other reasons in accordance with PATH,
Intl. operating center guidelines.
will be dismissed without an opportunity to discuss the reasons with
supervisory staff. The Participant may
at any time, for whatever reason, decide to sever the Participant relationship
with HETRA. Notice of such a decision should be communicated as soon as
4. Weight Limitations for All Participants
are listed below, but decisions regarding participation will be based on the
availability of a suitable horse related to the height, weight, cognition and
balance of the participant. The maximum weight for participants
cannot exceed 220 pounds. The weight limit may be lower as determined by
available equines and the ability of staff and volunteers to safely support the
participant at the time services are requested. HETRA staff will evaluate
the participant’s weight and physical abilities to determine if riding is a
safe and appropriate activity based on available equine, staff and volunteers.
· 220 lbs. for a well-balanced centered Participant
not requiring sidewalkers.
lbs. for an unbalanced Participant needing sidewalker assistance.
horse has individual weight limitations based upon the horses height weight,
age and physical and medical condition.
* Not all horses can manage the
maximum weights listed above.
* Weights are checked once every 12 weeks
using the HETRA scales with participant wearing the appropriate riding gear.
of a weekly riding time for new Participants
the initial evaluation is completed we will make a program recommendation for
your Participant and then see if we have a current opening in the HETRA
schedule that are suitable to meet your Participants needs. If an opening does not currently exist, then
we will put your Participant on a waiting list and you will be notified as soon
as an opening becomes available. Riding
sessions are typically offered late afternoon to evening on weekdays and mid-day
on the weekends.
open toe shoes, sandals or clog type shoes.
No slick (jogging type) pants.
And we would prefer that your Participant wore pants instead of shorts
as the saddle can get very uncomfortable with direct skin contact.
ask that children under the age of 12 be monitored and in direct vision of the
adult at all times while at the facility.
Please review the barn rules with your children prior to arriving at the
8. Dogs and other Animals
and other animals are not permitted at the barn. The exception to this rule is service
animals. Please let your instructor know
if you will be bringing a service animal to the session with you
direct questions to your Participant’s instructor. All Instructor & Therapist phone numbers
are listed on the HETRA website. If you
do not get a satisfactory answer to your question, please feel free to contact the
office at 402-359-8830.
Thanks so much for your interest in
our program, we look forward to working with you this year. If you have any questions or concerns, please
contact the office at 402-359-8830.