A program of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Gretna, Nebraska

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Make a Difference Today! Support HETRA's Vision to provide life changing, holistic therapeutic opportunities to participants through equine assisted activities and therapies.

Description of project

Participants meet HETRA horses of all sizes from our adorable minis to our astounding drafts. Everyone is always interested in the horses' background story and sharing stores of growing up on farms in days gone by and riding adventures of their own! The horses help participants overcome anxiety and depression, decrease a sense of isolation, and a chance to access the experiences of their past and bring to life the present.

HETRA offers various programs to serve individuals of all ages of various ability levels. 1. Therapeutic Riding is conducted in a group setting and teaches reining and use of aids while incorporating therapeutic benefits such as balance and leg strength. 2. Hippotherapy utilizes the 3-dimensional movement of the horse as the primary therapeutic tool. Goals are therapy directed such as improving balance, coordination, posture, fine motor control, improving articulation and increasing cognitive skills. 3. Therapeutic Carriage Driving combines the knowledge of horses, harnessing, and carriage driving skills using teamwork. Balance, hand eye coordination, and sensory integration are a few of the therapeutic benefits to carriage driving. 4. Equine Services for Veterans is designed to provide opportunities for improvement physically, mentally and socially for military Veterans of any age and type of disability.

This platform would impact the senior population at HETRA in three key areas:
1. Participant in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies have mental, emotional and physical benefits for the aging population. These equine assisted activities all provide an exercise that increases physical strength, muscle tone, balance, range of motion, hand/eye coordination, along with many other physical benefits. Attendance at the barns benefits a person mentally by keeping people engaged in the community, building relationships in an intergenerational activity and the cognitive processing of complex activities.

2. Enrichment activity for senior living facilities, for examples, tours and grooming activities. These are a recreational, social, and outreach events with a PATH Intl certified instructor leading a "meet and greet".

3. Awareness campaign for active seniors for volunteer opportunities. One of HETRA's greatest assets are the volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours to our programs. Each year HETRA trains 100 - 150 volunteers to assist with sessions and horse care.

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Therapeutic Riding
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