Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center Breaks Ground for Indoor Arena

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

Many children and adults dealing with special needs struggle to gain coordination, strength and confidence as they go through therapy. But thanks to a local equine therapy center, they're getting the help they need.

"Because of this program I'm not going to end up in a wheel chair," Baumann said.

Nick Baumann became a client at Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center nearly 20 years ago. Now, as a volunteer, he's still growing.

"I do countless interviews for many different things I do public speaking, I love public speaking," Baumann said, "I think its my goal to just do pulbic speaking as a career."

Nick isn't the only one seeing positive results. Lisa Zahrt has been bringing her daughter, Anna, to Stable Hands for around 11 years, and the changes are remarkable.

"When we first brought her here she was so afraid of the horses, she wouldn't even get near them until we just picked her up and put her in the saddle," Lisa said, "and this grin appeared and the horse started to walk, and that grin has never disappeared."

Anna's grin was among many at a groundbreaking Tuesday, for the center's new indoor arena.

The executive director of Stable Hands says creating an indoor arena was a necessity for the clients.

"Weather the way it is in Wisconsin, its either getting dark early or its getting cold, or its just raining on you," Diane Abitz, the Executive Director said, "our goal is to go full-time and add infrared heat in the arena so we can work more into the winter hours."

Nick says this facility will change how he deals with the cold.

"The winter months, its hard on me because of my disability, "Baumann said, "and I think if I can ride in the winter, it would relieve a lot of pain and stress and that type of thing."

For Lisa, she's grateful her daughter now has an activity of her own that's helping her break out of her shell.

"Making her feel like she can do something that everybody else can do, our other children have had sporting activities their general activities that they've been a part of, and she never had anything, but now she does with stable hands."

To learn more about Stable Hands, click here

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