We have had scores of horses come through the program. Hershey was an original.

To our Stable Hands Friends and Families,

Stable Hands lost one of our equine heroes, Hershey, on Friday 10/12/2018. Hershey was donated to Stable Hands from the Willow Creek Ranch in McCloud California under the management of Jenny Johnson. Hershey was an integral part of all three arms of the Stable Hands Programs-Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy and the Veterans Program then called Horses for Heroes for over 10 years. Prior to being a therapy horse Hershey was a show horse, a jumper, a ranch horse and was on a dude string. He carried some of Stable Hands most severely disabled riders and was almost completely unflappable. The only thing Hershey ever reacted to was an umbrella opening in the bleachers at the rodeo grounds and the wild turkeys at the Hayes Ranch.  When he was retired he lived the remainder of his life on Nancy Baker’s property with his Stable Hands friends Sunni, Blondie, Fargo and Shooter.

While our hearts will grieve for a season I hope we can all remember what a wonderful horse Hershey was and how much he enjoyed being a therapy horse.

Having a fun learning experience at Carter Meadows
A Veterans’ outing for Horses helping Heroes Riders

THANK YOU to Pat Hampton Hayes (in memory of Mickey Hayes), Gretta Brown, Kealia Akana and family, Janice Rushton, Lauren Sweezey, Yvonne Wylie, Erin McKee Fowle, Marcia Cushman-Perkins, and Bill Avery for making this event a reality!

More pictures on the HhH page. Click here.

“I Know a Place”


know a place that changes lives
Hands them the reins and freedom to fly
Riding atop gentle giants
Who care nothing more than to please their clients
Everyone leaves with a smile and warm heart
Horses fix things that have fallen apart
No matter how broken a person may be
Stable Hands has the power to set them all free

Written by Marie Potter and Meg Johnson[clear