Hoof Falls & Footfalls highly recommend the information provided by HETRA University. We both share the common goal of offering free or low-cost professional and high-quality education.
Hoof Falls & Footfals and HETRA have partnered together to bring you access to the HETRA University online education for Equine-Assisted Activity Professionals!

Welcome to HETRA University!

At HETRA, we are committed to providing high-quality education and programming to our participants and community, but that commitment isn’t restricted to the boundaries of the HETRA campus. Now, our Instructors and Therapists can share their wealth of knowledge with you in your very own home! Through these online materials, HETRA can continue to teach and serve our community regardless of the obstacles that are preventing our community from coming out to the barn. Please take a moment to explore some of the great content our staff have put together for you, and let us know what other topics you’d like us to cover!


What Does HETRA University
Offer?

Currently, HETRA University strives to provide a wide variety of free to low-cost educational materials for the entire family. We like to teach horse anatomy, terminology, and facts about our HETRA Herd through coloring pages and worksheets. The HETRA Mini Horses, Blue and Stormy, like to show up every once in a while for Storytime while one of our staff members reads a children’s book! We also routinely produce a variety of educational short videos and long-form equine instruction webinars videos geared toward our participants, volunteers, and/or Equine-Assisted Activity Professionals.

Links below will redirect you to the HETRA website

See the schedule for all upcoming webinars. Topics are geared toward Volunteers, Participants, and/or Equine-Assisted Activity Professionals.

Check out a variety of videos geared toward participants, volunteers, and/or the general horse community.

Fun worksheets filled with educational info to keep your mind working. There are Word Searches, Dot-To-Dot drawings, Word Scrambles, and Fill-In-The-Bank, etc.

Join HETRA's minis, Blue and Stormy, as they hangout for Story Time while one of our staff members reads a children's book!

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy is a non-profit 501c3 organization that was founded in 1989 by Steve and Janet Henthorn of Omaha, Nebraska. The program started with one participant, one horse, and three volunteers. We have grown significantly over the years, we now have 25 wonderful therapy horses, 14 PATH, Intl. certified instructors, 11 licensed occupational, physical and mental health therapists, and over 150 participants. We also offer services in Adaptive Riding (formerly known as Therapeutic Riding), Therapy Services – specializing Hippotherapy, Equine Services for Veterans, Adaptive Carriage Driving, Life Skills Training, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.

As the only PATH, Intl. Premier Accredited center in the entire state of Nebraska, we ensure that our instructors are of the highest caliber. HETRA serves a variety of participants including children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, brain tumors, head or spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, autism, developmental delays, and strokes. So, whether they are presenting at conferences around the U.S., or serving our participant community here in Nebraska, our instructors maintain a strict professionalism combined with their passion for horses and helping others.