Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA)

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Edye Godden/Executive Director
Main Address:
10130 S 222nd St
Gretna, NE 68028

What We Do

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy - HETRA - improves the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children of all ability levels through equine assisted activities.
Our programs and services include:

Adaptive riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs.

Our Therapy Services are conducted by an Occupational, Physical or Speech Therapist (OT, PT, ST). HETRA's Therapists specialize in Hippotherapy and have been specially trained to use the movement of the horse to facilitate improvements in their client/patient.

HETRA offers participants that do not wish to be or cannot be mounted on a horse the rewards of interaction and control of a horse while driving from a carriage seat.

Veterans of any age and type of disability are encouraged to explore participation in this program. Our Veteran program is designed to evaluate and provide opportunities for improvement physically, mentally and socially for participants. 

LIFE SKILLS - Year Round and Summer
This program provides a comprehensive educational program to individuals with disabilities. Our agricultural and equine-based campus provides participants with a hands-on learning experience where development takes place through an expanse of activity found in our unique agricultural barn environment.  

HETRA also offers Equine Assisted Learning for group team-building activities.

Our conference room seats 35 people comfortably, has a smart board, whiteboards, and a view into the arena. HETRA can provide a team-building event in the arena with our herd as part of your meeting agenda.

Interesting Info

We serve over 130 participants every week.
HETRA is powered by 300 volunteers, 27 horses, 10 therapists, and 14 instructors, across 10 programs on 25 acres in Gretna.
Our goal is to keep equine assisted therapy and learning available to everyone who seeks it regardless of their ability to pay.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Barn Maintenance Assistant
Repeats every day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Sat Dec 31 2022.
Friday, August 7, 2020 (All day)
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Instructor Assistant for Adaptive Riding and Therapy Sessions
Repeats every day until Sat Dec 31 2022.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 3:00pm
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Sidewalker for Adaptive Riding and Therapy Sessions
Repeats every day until Sat Dec 31 2022.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 3:00pm
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