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. If you are a
returning participant your reevaluation if needed
will be completed during your first riding session. All new participants need
to schedule a separate evaluation. Once your paperwork is received a HETRA staff
person will be in contact with you to schedule your evaluation.
Limitations for All Participants
Maximum weights 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
- 220 lbs. for a well-balanced
centered participant not requiring sidewalkers.
- 180 lbs. for an
unbalanced participant needing sidewalker assistance.
- Each horse has individual weight
limitations based upon the horse’s height, weight, age and physical and medical condition.
We are able to accommodate weights over the 220 range for ground or
carriage driving lessons.
of a weekly riding time for new participants
Once the initial evaluation is
completed we will make a program recommendation for you and then see if we have
a current opening in the HETRA schedule that is suitable to meet your
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 offered late
afternoon to evening on weekdays and mid-day on the weekends, available riding
times will be discussed at your evaluation.
You will be notified by phone,
email and/or text message for weather cancellations.
No open toe shoes, sandals, or
clog type shoes. No slick (jogging type) pants. We would prefer
that your participant wore pants instead of shorts as the saddle
can get very uncomfortable with direct skin contact.
We ask that children 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 barn.
Please make sure there is another adult to supervise children during your
and OTHER ANIMALS
Do not bring dogs or other animals
to the barn with you at anytime. 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.
Participant Dismissal & Discharge Policy
It is at the discretion of HETRA’s
Executive Director and Program Director 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, a gain in weight above the
HETRA maximum levels, failure to cancel in advance for more than three lessons
or incomplete paperwork. Paperwork that is required is: Registration / Health
History/Photo Release, Authorization for Emergency/ Medical Treatment, Consent
for Release of Information, Participant’s (Signed) Medical History and
Physicians Statement, Policies, Procedures and Barn Rules Agreement. 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
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, property owners, 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.
Please direct questions to your
Instructor. If you do not get a satisfactory answer to your question
please feel free to contact us in the office at 402-359-8830.
so much for your interest in our program, we look forward to seeing you at the