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August 2010 YP Connections: Non-Profit Profile

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy

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The Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy is a 501(c) (3) organization with facilities located in Omaha and Valley. HETRA’s mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities through equine assisted activities. HETRA staff, horses and volunteers work as a team to challenge students in reaching their goals.

 


 

HETRA serves students ranging in age from 3 to adult with various disabilities. Students leave behind wheelchairs and crutches to mount a horse and take strides they would otherwise not be able to take on their own. Because a horse’s gait is similar to the human walk, the movement of the horse generates responses in the students that are similar to and essential for walking. The horse’s rhythmic, repetitive movements work to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, strength, flexibility and cognitive skills. In addition, interaction with the horse and volunteers fosters self-confidence and motivation.

HETRA relies on volunteers to complete a successful session. Assistance is needed to lead horses and walk with students while riding. Volunteers are also appreciated during special events and for grounds maintenance.

For more information on becoming a student or volunteer opportunities, call 402-359-8830 or www.HETRA.org.

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