Riders in the Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center (ETC) program range from age 4 through adult. Key factors for us to consider for therapeutic riding are ability to benefit, medical history and safety. All of our clients are required to have signed permission by their doctors saying they are able to ride.

A scheduled visit to the program is required prior to enrollment so that we may evaluate a client for riding. This also serves to introduce the potential rider to the surroundings so that they are comfortable when they come for lessons. Parents or guardians are given a tour of the facility, meet the instructors and staff, and can ask questions.

The Stable Hands team works with the client’s physician, physical therapist and caregivers/parents to assess what areas to work on. We study the physician’s records, parents input, health records and the physical therapist’s recommendations to come up with an individualized riding therapy program.

Therapeutic riding/equine assisted therapy as a whole works on the client’s cognitive, physical and emotional sides and has helped with a very wide range of special needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, developmental disorders, spinal cord injury, brain injury, & Cerebral Palsy to name a few. Clients will participate in a variety of games and activities on horseback that help to build balance, coordination, strength and confidence.

Stable Hands GraduationOn the last day of class we hold a graduation ceremony. Everyone gathers in the arena and riders are presented with a certificate of achievement and a trophy or medal. We all cheer their accomplishments. Many of our riders have a whole collection of trophies that they have earned. We’ve gotten our trophies from 1st Place Trophies & Engraving in Wausau, WI for over 20 years.

Please contact Diane Abitz, Executive Director/Program Director at (715) 359-6046 or fill out our contact form to give some basic information about the individual who may be a candidate for the program. Please include if the individual will wear a helmet and if they can sit up unaided (regarding riding therapy).  Include phone number in correspondence for a quick response.