The first step is to complete an on-line application. Next, our program manager will review the application to make an initial assessment regarding Heartland’s ability to safely serve the applicant. The program manager will then contact the applicant to gather more information and answer the applicant’s questions. Next, an on-site evaluation is scheduled for the applicant at our barn. After the evaluation, if the applicant is accepted into our program we will work to find day/time in our schedule for the applicant to start taking lessons.
Most applicants that are accepted into our program are able to be quickly placed into a session. However, some applicants are placed on a waiting list if we don’t have a class that meets the applicant’s availability.
Lessons are once a week with participants attending their lesson the same day and time throughout an eight week session. We offer four eight-week sessions during the year and a shorter summer session.
Our Therapeutic Riding lessons are group lessons with up to 4 riders who are compatible in age, ability, and type of disability.
Riders participate in grooming and saddling their horse to work on fine and gross motor skills, sequencing, and learning responsibility for their horse. This part of the lesson develops the bond between the rider and horse. Once the horse is ready, the rider mounts and participates in a variety of riding activities to develop skills and achieve individual goals.
Hippotherapy sessions are individual sessions with our licensed occupational therapist.
Yes, for the safety of our clients, volunteers, and horses we have a weight limit of 180 pounds for riding.
Yes, a parent or guardian is required to stay at our facility during the lesson. We have a designated area for observing lessons.
Most insurance carriers do not currently cover the cost of Therapeutic Riding, while Hippotherapy sessions may be covered under some policies. Heartland does not assume responsibility for filing any insurance claims on behalf of their riders.
Yes, we utilize our large indoor arena year round. The arena is insulated keeping the temperatures relatively comfortable in the winter with the assistance of arena heaters and will use our new arena fans in the summer to keep cool.
Lessons are conducted in the outdoor arena and along our sensory riding trail as weather permits.
While every attempt is made to hold scheduled lessons, we may need to cancel if the weather is not suitable or safe for our participants, volunteers and horses. Our staff will notify all involved with an email and/or phone/text message with as much advance notice as possible. A credit for the cancelled class will be applied to the participant’s account.
Riding participants must wear an ASTM/SEI certified helmet. Heartland provides helmets for participants, but participants may provide their own ASTM/SEI helmets, if they wish.
Long pants and closed toe shoes are required. A boot or shoe with a low heel is recommended, but not required. During winter months we recommend our participants dress in layers and wear gloves.
Heartland is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization and privately funded through the generous support of the community, grants and fundraising events. Heartland does not currently receive government support. We gratefully accept financial support and donations of goods and services.