Stable Hands was formed in 1996 with the goal of improving the physical, mental and social health of people living with disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship activities.
Our carefully selected horses and specially trained volunteers assist our certified therapeutic riding instructors in providing a challenging activity in a safe environment. Our riders and horses are carefully matched to enable each rider to experience the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship and to work towards their goals. Our lessons are held in an outdoor facility on private property. Horsemanship activities in the great outdoors provides individuals with disabilities, access to Nature and all the benefits of fresh air, sunshine and breezes.
Therapeutic horsemanship activities include grooming, saddling, leading and warm up activities on the ground as well as mounted riding lessons in small groups. Some of our riders are independent and others are assisted by a horse leader and two sidewalkers to ensure their safety. The benefits of therapeutic horsemanship are improvements in strength, balance, confidence, communication and social skills. Horses do not judge or criticize. They close their eyes and soak in the attention of a gentle hand and carry their rider places their legs may not be able to take them.
Stable Hands is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Center. This accreditation insures that Stable Hands meets the highest standards in the therapeutic horsemanship industry.