Frequently Asked Questions:
Where are you located?
What is the youngest age child that you serve?
Can I walk along with the client?
Can siblings participate?
Do you also serve adults?
What can I expect to pay and how?
Is it safe?
What are the requirements for being a volunteer?
What are some of the ways I can volunteer?
How do I start the process?
Can I donate money for a particular horse/rider/project?
Are my donations tax deductible?
What if I have questions now or in the future?
HART operates 7 miles west of Salem off of Highway 22, in Independence, Oregon. If you have any questions please use the contact form.
While every child is unique, most children are able to leave their parents for a 30 minute session at around 2 years of age.
Although HART welcomes family and caregiver participation, this decision is made on an individual client basis. The arena is set up so that you can watch the session.
This decision is made on an individual basis by the instructor, but at HART we also hold special holiday events where siblings are encouraged to ride.
Yes, our experienced instructor and volunteers works directly with each client to establish goals specific to each individual. Some adults fit best into our adaptive riding or personal development and some into recreational riding.
Adaptive riding and recreational riding activities are $35 per each 30 minute session.
Hippotherapy is $115 per each 60 minute session with an initial evaluation cost of $150.
Personal development is $115 per 60 minute session with an initial evaluation cost of $150.
As funding allows, we offer subsidized fees with need-based scholarships for the low income families that need our services.
To reduce our bookkeeping costs, HART requests that you pay for four sessions at a time. However, this is not mandatory. We do ask that you pay before, or at, the time of service. Cash and checks are welcome. Payments may also be made online here for adaptive riding and recreational riding sessions.
We also encourage you to invite friends and family members to ‘gift’ sessions to you or your child using our PayPal donation page here. You may also want to establish a GoFundMe page to enable others to help you achieve your adaptive riding goals.
Hippotherapy sessions are arranged through the Occupational Therapist, Tonya Bordadora. Billing issues including insurance and co-pays should be discussed with the therapist directly by using the contact form on this website.
You can find more information about costs here.
At HART we take every measure to keep clients safe. They have gone through detailed and specific training, and they always put safety first. The therapy horses are also experienced. They have been screened, tested, and receive ongoing training. These horses are your therapy partners, they receive the best possible feed and veterinary care that is available to keep them healthy and happy at their work.
You don’t have to have any prior horse experience to volunteer as volunteers don’t ride the therapy horses. Client service volunteers ‘walk’ with horses so if you enjoy animals and people as well as walking, this might be the place for you. You must be at least 14 years old or older and be willing to be generous of your time. For further guidance, please read the Volunteer Manual. The Volunteer Manual will address questions about volunteer safety, behavior, attire, and more.
The first thing to do is complete an application and return it to the mailing address on the form. We need the entire application completed in order us to get you scheduled for your introduction session. This first session is a ‘meet & greet’. You will meet the therapy horses, staff and volunteers as well as get comfortable with ‘what to expect’ aspect of your participation.
After we receive your completed application, we will contact you and schedule a training period. This is a two step process.
1. You will be asked to attend a two-to-four hour volunteer training session with other new volunteers.
2. We will schedule you for some job-shadow hours with either an instructor or a seasoned volunteer.
Yes! All donations to HART are tax deductible to the extent of the law. You will receive a statement acknowledging your donation for your tax records.
At HART we have a great respect for family and we encourage open dialogue between staff and participating families, volunteers and our community. We are here to provide you the best possible service. We may also ask you, from time to time, to complete a program survey in order to help us improve our service to our community.