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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Human Services

Mission: To improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities through equine assisted actvities

Programs: Hetra is recognized as a premier accredited center (pac) by the professional association of therapeutic horsemanship international (path, int'l). Pac status is granted to centers demonstrating excellence in providing quality equine-assisted activities and have met established industry standards in areas of safety, facility, programming, policies and procedures. Hetra's staff includes path int'l certified instructors, occupational, physical and mental health therapists. Program services include hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, carriage driving and a separate program for veterans. Students range in age from 2 to adult with various physical and developmental disabilties. During 2014, we served 192 students through 3,751 billed sessions with community support of more than 18,000 volunteer hours.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lindsay F.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I thought since there was a review of HETRA from a parent's perspective I would add one from a volunteer/student. I have been volunteering for several years now. I have always loved kids and horses so putting the two together has been perfect for me. HETRA has been not only a great way for me to give to the community, but a fun way to exercise along with so many other benefits I can't name them all. Volunteering at HETRA has been therapy for me as I know it has been for so many other volunteers too! I will never forget the times I have been having a horrible day and I get to the barn and within minutes literallyl I have forgotten about it and am just plain happy. Growing up with special needs of my own this was one place that I felt I could be open and not be judged or limited. In fact I think it has given me a special insight to a small piece of what some of the students and their families are going through. I can't say how many friends I have made through going to the barn. HETRA has been such a big part of my life and I don't plan to change that any time soon. In fact HETRA has been a big reason for me to try to find a job close by. Others have told me there are other therapeutic riding places around which is true, but I know it wouldn't be the same. I can't say thank you enough to those at HETRA who have taught me along the way about riding, horses, people, and life!