Welcome to Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center

sign Member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

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. But, 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!

What’s New at Stable Hands

Sam and team

From the Wausau Daily Herald:

Because of our dedicated volunteers, Stable Hands is able to offer equine assisted activities and therapies. Volunteers are integral to our program and function in many different capacities. Through our training program they learn how to help our students have a safe experience that enhances their lives. Whether working with our horses and students, assisting with barn chores and property maintenance, fundraising or even bringing treats to share after class time; our volunteers make a difference every day.

The benefits of volunteering with our program are seen in the eyes and smiles of both students and the volunteers.

Pictured:  Volunteer Deb Traska, from left, helps Sam Wolfgram ride a horse with help from volunteer Beth Cooper.
Leanne Gallagher, volunteer coordinator, 715-581-7933 or Leanne24g@hotmail.com; www.stablehandstherapy.com

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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!

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Donation to Stable Hands from The Abbotsford Story, Inc. Foundation

The Abbotsford Story, Inc., AbbyBank’s foundation, is pleased to announce a $30,000 donation to the Stable Hands Therapeutic Riding to proceed with building an indoor arena to offer more equine-assisted therapy sessions. Diane Abitz, Executive Director of Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center says, “When we started in 1992, we only served 25 people per year while operating in borrowed space and limited operational time. When this project is complete, we will be able to work with approximately 80-100 students per week and operate year-round. We are very appreciative of AbbyBank and all of our public and private donors who have allowed us to complete this phase of our project.”

Thank you Stable Hands for helping local people with your expertise in equine therapy!! We look forward to seeing the project start in May.

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GREAT NEWS!!! Stable Hands has met our goal to do Phase 1 of our building project in the Spring of 2014. We will be putting up a 160 X 80 ft. indoor arena!!

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!



Welcome New Therapy Horses Silky and Daisy!!

Silky and DaisyWe are honored and thrilled to announce that Laura Wojchik, Lifestyle Production Specialist from Marathon Feed, has donated two of her prized horses to our equine therapy program. Silky (left) is a 21 yr. old thoroughbred that has been a race horse and also shown in jumping and dressage. Daisy is a 15 yr. old American Quarterhorse ridden as a trail horse. Both are well mannered, excellent therapy horses.  Thank you so much Laura!



Boarding at Stable Hands by Amanda Klos

 horses and end of summer Amanda Klos editedStable 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.

Our Mission

Stable Hands’ mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with special needs through the use of equine-assisted activities and therapies.


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