Stable Hands is holding a Brat Fry on Saturday, June 20th, 10am-4pm, at the Grand Avenue Dairy Queen in Wausau, WI. Proceeds benefit our program.
Stop in, have something to eat and visit with us for awhile!
This is our 23rd year of operation. We are excited to be expanding classes and adding 4 more instructors. Know of someone who can benefit from Equine Therapies and Activities? Give us a call at 715-359-6046. We also need to add more volunteers. Combine your love of animals with helping to change lives through this very unique activity.
Stable Hands is a member of PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).
New Honorariums and Memorials Page
You can now donate in the name of a special person, group, horse or pet and have the dedication (with a small photo if you choose) on our new page Honorariums and Memorials
It’s a caring way to remember your loved one and help Stable Hands in “Changing lives one hoofbeat at a time”
Chloe will always be remembered. She was one of the first horses to be adopted by Stable Hands but passed away suddenly from colic before she could come to the farm.
Finishing the Indoor Arena
Stable Hands is seeking funds to insulate the indoor arena and add infrared heat. This will allow for more activities through the winter months which are often too cold for our special needs riders. We are needing $150,000 to complete this important milestone for our new arena. Can you help?
Or mail your donation by completing our capital campaign donation pledge form and sending both to:
Stable Hands, Inc. Capital Campaign
3501 Swan Ave.
Wausau, WI 54401
Every donation, no matter what size, is greatly appreciated and will be put to excellent use. Thank you for your willingness to support the efforts of Stable Hands, Inc. and make a difference in our community.
Stable Hands Arena (built by Meyer Buildings) Featured in Frame Building News Magazine November 2014
Congratulations to Jeff Meyer and crew. We love our new arena! Click here for full article featuring the long term plans and story about Stable Hands.
The Road Back from a Devastating Car Accident
Brianna, now 22 years old, was involved in a tragic automobile accident in October 0f 2012 which left her in a coma for three months. Her long road to recovery from a traumatic brain injury began in the ICU at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She has been surrounded by the most skilled doctors and therapists throughout her recovery process.
This past July of 2014, she began equine therapy at Stable Hands. Horse therapy “exploded” her progress and propelled her to new levels of recovery. The remarkable difference from when she began equine therapy to present is awe inspiring. Brianna has always had a love for horses. Starting at a young age and working all day to ride at a local stable, then getting a horse of her own, to barrel racing through the 4-H program, horses are her passion.
We are so fortunate to have a professional staff and team of dedicated volunteers at Stable Hands in our community. They have the ability to see past disability and promote the possibilities for the participants. The relentless kindness and encouragement are beyond the imagination. Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center has been a pivotal part of Brianna’s recovery success. While she still has a journey ahead of her, there is no doubt that she will make it.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all those involved with Stable Hands. “Thank you” cannot express the level of our appreciation we have for your program!
Brianna, Jody and James J McLaughlin
Little “Snickers” the mini horse had his first farrier visit at the farm last week. He didn’t even mind having Jaime’s cat sitting on his back!
First Phase Complete
The first phase of our building project, the indoor riding arena, is complete. We so need this building for shelter from the weather and to be able to provide consistent classes. We are taking referrals for equine therapy and activites. Who do you know that could benefit? We work with children age 4 through adult. Call Diane for information at 715-359-6046.
Focus on Volunteers: Beth & Wayne Cooper
Beth and Wayne Cooper have been wonderful friends and volunteers for Stable Hands. They participate in our classes as sidewalkers and also have donated some great items for the Activity Center. Their kindness and thoughtfulness has meant so much to us.
Wayne also does the groundskeeping and tree-trimming. Beth is always cheerful and helpful with our students. We are so glad to have them as members of the Stable Hands family!
Stable Hands’ mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities
through the use of equine-assisted activities and therapies.