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What’s New at Stable Hands

Stable Hands  2017 Classes


We are accepting new students and the first step is to fill out the registration forms and get them back to us.  We will contact you to set up a skills assessment where we can learn student needs and give you a tour.  You can download the registration packet here:   Student Reg Packet 2017.  For info call:  Diane Abitz,  Executive Director, 715-359-6046.

Summer Camp Registration Open!

This summer, Stable Hands is offering our first Summer Camps. Two camps will be offered in 2017.  Each session is four days from 9am – 11:30 Monday-Thursday.  The first session is June 12-15th and the 2nd is June 26th-29.

These camps are designed to accommodate children ages 6-12, of every ability.

Click here for more info:  Brochure Outside     Brochure Inside   Registration Form





Hunter Kelch, Blogger, Visits Stable Hands

Hunter Kelch is a owner of the website www.comerollwithme.com. He is passionate about promoting accessibility and awareness of the issues disabled people face in an abled world. Recently we were honored to have Hunter and his mom Sandy visit the program.  Pictured: Diane Abitz, Executive Director of Stable Hands and Hunter.

Please click on this link to read about Hunter and Sandy’s visit:     Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center


Stable Hands welcomes New Equine Management Contractor

With great pleasure, Stable Hands announces that Sarah Doede will be the new Equine Management Contractor for the Program effective July 1, 2016.  Sarah is a good friend of the Program and she brings years of horsemanship experience to this position.

In her own words:  My equestrian passion started as an eight-year- old girl when my parents bought me my first pony.  From 4-H showmanship and western pleasure to weekly jumping and dressage lessons, I have been blessed to have horses in my life every day since then and grew up living the responsibilities associated with their management and care.  After graduation from Wausau West in 2005, I was fortunate to be able to take my horse with me to Green Bay while I attended NWTC. There I concentrated on dressage and gained additional experience  in equine management and care from a boarders perspective while my horse was at a large, premiere boarding and training barn in that area.

It was during my high school years that I was first introduced to the wonderful and unique Stable Hands program. I returned as a volunteer again in 2015 and plan to pursue my certification as a PATH instructor one day. 

I am currently the clinical coordinator at Dovorany Orthodontics, where I have spent the last eight years creating beautiful smiles. My boyfriend, Alex, and I share our home with my 12-year-old Australian Shepherd, Bear.

Everyone at Stable Hands welcomes Sarah.  The Program also thanks Jaime Elenbaas for her hard work, and wishes her and her family every success in the future.


Finishing the Indoor Arena Stable Hands is seeking funds to add infrared heat to the indoor arena.   This will allow for more activities through the winter months which are often too cold for our special needs riders.  Any and all donations make a difference.  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. Learn more about our Building a Stable Future Capital Campaign >>


Brianna’s Story The Road Back from a Devastating Car Accident Brianna 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

 Our Mission

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.

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