Since 1992, Stable Hands has sought to enhance the quality of life for special needs individuals through the use of equine assisted therapies and activities. Stable Hands is much more than learning to ride a horse. It’s a wonderful addition to standard therapy techniques that improves physical, emotional, cognitive and social development and best of all, it’s so much FUN!
We are so excited to see the sign up that says “future site of Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center” for our indoor arena. It’s been a dream for a long time. Excavation starts tomorrow, weather permitting, and we start building in about 3 weeks. We are thrilled!
Classes Have Started
We are so happy to begin our therapeutic riding classes. With 4 new instructors working hard to finish their certification, we look forward to offering an expanded schedule. Our new indoor arena will be going up in June.
This photo shows Anna having a great time riding and learning new skills. The slow, rocking movement of the horse stimulates nerves and muscles. Riding helps with balance and coordination. Riders play varied games on horseback designed to give them the specific movement and challenge that they need. And it’s a lot of fun for the rider as well as our volunteers.
Volunteers are essential to the operation of Stable Hands. There are many rewarding ways to get involved. For information please click on the “Volunteer” tab at the top of this page. Training is provided. We’d love to meet you!
We are excited beyond words and grateful for all who believed in us. We will continue fundraising: Phase 2 will be adding several stalls and phase 3 will be the gathering area, kitchen and offices. So happy!
Boarding at Stable Hands by Amanda Klos
Stable Hands is an excellent place to board a horse. Jess, the barn manager, goes above and beyond to ensure that the horses are all cared for properly. She works closely with a nutritionist to customize each horse’s diet accordingly. I own two quarter horses, a 17 year old mare named Cheyenne and 4 year old gelding named Peso. Both of them are looking excellent and are happy to be at their new home. I only live in Wausau full time 2 months out of the year and the rest of the year I am at school down in Madison. Leaving for a few weeks at a time is no longer an issue for me because I know that the horses are in good hands. If there is ever a question or concern, Jess will text me right away to keep me updated. When I go out to the barn, the only thing I have to worry about is having fun with my horses. They are fed twice a day on a set schedule and always have some hay to munch on. Jess also fly sprays the horses daily and allows each horse time to run around in the larger pasture. The barn is always spick and span and well taken care of. Each horse has their own barrel for their feed and all of the barrels are labeled to ensure each horse is getting the proper feed. Jess is willing to work with you and will discuss any feed adjustments that need to be made. The riding arena is also quite pleasant. The fencing is made of PVC piping and the base is sand with grass on top of it. There is no dust when you are riding and the footing is decent. I am happy with how my boarding experience has gone so far and look forward to seeing Stable Hands grow in the future. It is truly a great organization. The Stable Hands volunteers and barn staff are a great group of people to work with and are enthusiastic about the program they are running. I am happy with my decision to board my horses with Stable Hands.
Stable Hands’ mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with special needs through the use of equine-assisted activities and therapies.