We Need Your Help – Winter is Almost Here
Winter is nearly here, and many details need to be handled. An important task is to install the safe footing in our new arena. Without the proper footing material (top soil, sand) there is risk of injury to our program horses and to the vitality of the Program that helps so many. Please consider a $10 gift to help reach our goal of $4000 to pay for this high priority item.
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.
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! More pictures coming soon.
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 special needs through the use of equine-assisted activities and therapies.