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 into 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 $35.00 annual registration
fee for all Participants. Evaluation
fees are $100 (see billing information for more details on fees).
HETRA offers Adaptive Riding, Adaptive Driving,
Equine Assisted Learning, 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.
Session Length for mounted participants is
described below: 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 fatigue 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. On occasion, your participant may participate in an unmounted ground
activity if there is a horse shortage or extreme weather. These activities will be designed to
challenge and increase your participant’s knowledge about horses & horse
Adaptive Riding Program: Adaptive Riding Participants are
scheduled to ride in groups once a week for either 30 minutes if there are 2 or
fewer participants in the group or 45 minutes if there are 3 participants. Adaptive Riding Participants must be at
least 4 years old. All Adaptive Riding Participants are instructed or
supervised by PATH, Intl. certified riding instructors. . The goals for this
program focus on horsemanship skills and leisure activities but can incorporate
life skills as well. Participants are
screened by a therapist and their programs are periodically reviewed by the
therapist for changes.
Participants in this program will participate 1-3 times per week with
the time frame and a number of times per week being recommended by the
therapist, physician, and family. Therapy
Services Participants must be at least 2 years old. A licensed OT, PT, Mental Health
Practitioner, SLP, PTA, or COTA will conduct these sessions. Goals for this program focus on functional
Carriage 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.
Group Activity Program (GAP): Participants in this program will
participate 1-3 times per week with the time frame and a number of times per
week being recommended by the therapist, physician, and family. GAP Participants must be at least 4 years
old. A licensed OT, PT, Mental Health
Practitioner, SLP, PTA, or COTA will conduct these sessions in a group setting. Goals for this program focus on functional
Participants engage in hands-on learning that utilizes the horse as a partner
in exploring positive development of communication, self-respect, confidence,
trust, accountability, and conflict resolution. Sessions incorporate a variety
of groundwork and general horsemanship activities such as grooming, leading,
and herd observation. The Equine-Assisted
Learning programs can be tailored to specific individuals, populations, groups
or organizations. Please note that the EAL program is strictly a groundwork (no
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 concern.
Participants 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
No Participant 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 possible.
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.
Each horse has individual weight limitations based upon the horses’
weight, age and physical condition. Not
all horses can manage the maximum weights listed below. The
weight limit may be lowered 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. Weights are
checked once every 12 weeks using the HETRA scales with participant wearing the
appropriate riding gear.
220 lbs. for a well-balanced centered Participant
not requiring sidewalkers.
lbs. for an unbalanced Participant needing sidewalker assistance.
of a weekly riding time for new Participants
Once 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 is 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 mornings on Saturday.
No 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. In the winter
please dress in layers.
All children under the age of
12 must be monitored and in the 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 barn.
8. Dogs and
Dogs 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
you so much for your interest in our programs, we look forward to working with
you. If you have any questions or concerns,
please contact the office at 402-359-8830.