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New stable in heart of city houses therapy horses, MPD mounted patrol

Date
July 30, 2021
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Hannah Hilyard - WISN-12

A new $6 million horse stable is up and running in the heart of Milwaukee’s south side.

The first-of-its-kind facility hopes to draw horses and humans.

The horses come with a special title and a special trait.

“I have panic attacks and anxiety attacks, and I have found over the couple of years that horses are a great therapy. They make me relax,” Army veteran volunteer Glenn Scheuerman said.

They’re Rawhide Youth Services therapy equine.

“We provide equine-assisted psychotherapy, which is pairing a horse with a client in a therapeutic space,” Rawhide therapist Samantha Jamrozik said.

As of last month, their home is the new MKE Urban Stables at South 1st Street and West Lincoln Avenue.

“It’s an exciting opportunity. It’s definitely a different way to engage our youth and a different way to present therapy to them,” Rawhide therapist Jazmin Binns said.

But these horses don’t live there alone.

The $6 million facility also holds the Milwaukee Police Department’s mounted patrol.

The 30,000 square foot facility took about six years to build, and they do have plans to open it up to the community in the coming months.

“The idea is this is a community center where we’ll have facilities available for the community to use. We’ll have volunteer opportunities for the community to be a part of, so we expect this to be an asset for the entire community to share as we move forward,” Milwaukee County Chief Deputy District Attorney and MKE Urban Stables Board President Kent Lovern said.

It will soon give people that ranch experience in the city.

“Do you have a favorite part?” WISN 12’s Hannah Hilyard asked Scheuerman.

“Petting them and looking in their eyes, you know? Of course, I have an unfavorite part, but we won’t talk about that,” Scheuerman said.

MKE Urban Stables hopes to start opening to the public sometime this fall.