Welcome to Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center


What’s New at Stable Hands

Rib Mountain Mountaineers Group Visits Stable Hands

Rib Mountaineers 4H Group 4H group in aisle

In late April 2015 the Rib Mountaineers got a tour of Stable Hands and a video presentation from program PT Consultant Pam Engelmeier to learn more about equine therapy and how Stable Hands helps special needs children and adults.

The kids voted to do a special fundraiser to help Stable Hands.

Thanks to leaders Linda Standiford and Kim Schroeder for bringing everyone out, we really enjoyed the visit!



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.

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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 have received a generous donation of $80,000 from the BA & Esther Greenheck Foundation and need $80,000 to completely finish the arena.  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, 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


wayne-and-bethFocus 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!

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.