Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc.
July 12, 2011
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!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Others and myself can see how much I have learned not just as a rider, but as a person. It really does impact my daily life in and outside HETRA.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
If I had the money I would add anything and everything that could be possibly needed or wanted to help those involved with HETRA (volunteers, instructors, therapists, students, parents, family members, friends, and public alike!)
Volunteer & I participate in many aspects of the program.