FAQ's

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How do I get started?

The first step is to complete an on-line application. Our program manager will review the application to make an initial assessment regarding HTR’s ability to safely serve the applicant. You will be contacted to schedule an evaluation. If the applicant is qualified and will benefit from one of our programs, the program manager will work with you to find an appropriate class that fits the participant's abilities and schedule.


How often are lessons?

Lessons are once a week with participants attending their lesson the same day and time throughout a 16 week session. 

What does a lesson look like?

Our Therapeutic Riding lessons are group lessons with up to four riders who are compatible in age and ability. Riders may participate in grooming and saddling their horse to work on fine and gross motor skills, sequencing, and learning responsibility for their horse. Riders work on horsemanship skills at the walk and trot with assistance from volunteers as needed. 


Our ultimate goal is for each rider to achieve the highest level of independence that is safely possible. We also strive to help with life goals such as improving socialization skills, increasing sequencing ability and strengthening muscles and balance.

Do you have any weight restrictions?

For the safety of our clients, volunteers, and instructors we have a weight limit of 180 pounds for mounted activities including riding and interactive vaulting. There is no weight limit for ground classes and they can be a wonderful way to encourage physical activity.

Does insurance cover your programs?

Insurance does not cover therapeutic riding or interactive vaulting. Occupational therapy services may be covered by insurance depending on provider. HTR does not assume responsibility for filing any insurance claims on behalf of their riders. 

Are you open year round?

Yes, we utilize our indoor arena year round. The arena is insulated keeping the temperatures relatively comfortable in the winter with the assistance of arena heaters. We have industrial ceiling fans to help cool the arena through the summer. 

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Do riders get to go outside?

Lessons are conducted in the outdoor arena and along our groomed riding trail as weather permits. 

What is your inclement weather policy?

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. 

What should I wear?

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.

Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes and something they can move in easily. Dress for the outdoor weather but layers are best as you can warm up quickly!

How is Heartland funded?

HTR 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.


Each April we hold a ticketed fundraiser, Tux ‘n’ Boots which generates a large part of our annual operating costs. Please email info@htrmail.org to be added to the invitation list or for information about becoming a sponsor.