"changing lives one ride at a time"

Welcome to O.A.T.S.

About O.A.T.S.
We've been Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles since 1997. Our mission: to promote the health, well-being and happiness of disabled individuals through horseback riding and related activities. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Ortonville, Michigan, our PATH Intl. premier accredited center serves all ages and disabilities year round. We help horses too!

O.A.T.S. News & Events

:-: :-: :-: Big News - New Phone Number :-: :-: :-:

Our phone number has changed to 248.245.1020

:-: O.A.T.S 2018 Session Information :-:

Session 1 January-March
Session 2 April-June
Session 3 August-October
Session 4 November-December

:-: Latest News from Down on the Farm :-:

  • Beuche's Plaza 2nd Annual Fundraiser
    Sept. 15th 12PM - 6PM
    Beuche's Plaza - 400 N Ortonville Rd
  • Detroit Cocktail Classic 2018
    Oct 5th 6PM - 10PM
    Eastern Market Shed 3 - Tickets
  • Asham Charity Fall Horse Show
    Oct 13th 12PM - 6PM
    MSU Pavillion, East Lansing, Mi
  • Volunteers are needed right now! All of our classes are full and we have a lot of new young riders that need more assistance. Come take a walk with us - make a smile and get your steps in. We Need You!

A Letter from an O.A.T.S. Volunteer...

Below is a letter shared with us from Bill "Cowboy" Brown, one of O.A.T.S. wonderful volunteers...

One of my fondest memories of this past year will be watching Nicholas come out of his shell. Nicholas is the son of O.A.T.S. (oatshrh.org) Executive Director Beth Pellerito, and her husband, Fred. Nic has Cerebral Palsy, which manifest in difficulty with speech and walking. Nic would come out to O.A.T.S. on a regular day and sit. Except when he would lead riders in a rousing rendition of "Head, shoulders, knees and toes".

Late this past spring Nic decided to start following me around as I do small repairs around the stable. He recognizes that he and I share a disability and, we think, he has found someone he can imitate. As such it is great to see Nic help me. Moving light tools and materials from my truck to the work cart or Gator. He enjoys putting tools back in the box as I finish with them. He has also begun trying to do the work. I still need to scoop 'it', but then give the handle to Nic and he will lift and dump the rake.

The vision that O.A.T.S. staff holds for each rider is that the rider becomes an independent rider. Our hope is that independence will encourage the rider to do more in other areas of life. It is my belief that each child has a 'key' that, if found, will open more of the world to them. It would be my hope that children would be exposed to all manners of interest to find that key. Music, dogs, horses, cooking, poetry, gardening and, yes, maybe stock car racing could be such a key. But, then at what age? How many times?

We cannot, and should not, give in or give up. The next sound, the next subject, the next person or picture (For me it was a picture of Richard Petty going thru turn 6 at Riverside Raceway 1965) could be what opens wonderful possibilities.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You...

Everyone at O.A.T.S. would like to thank our wonderful sponsors for their continuous support of our program. We are very fortunate to have organizations such as these assisting us in our mission.

thank you!

Amazon Smiles

Are you or anyone you know planning on purchasing some gifts or needed items from Amazon? If so, please consider using AmazonSmiles to make your purchase (http://smile.amazon.com/). AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support O.A.T.S. – just enter Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles as your charity and then begin shopping.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to O.A.T.S.

Happy Shopping!

Visit us on Facebook

Keep up with the weekly happenings at O.A.T.S. by visiting us on Facebook. See photos of our horses, riders, donkeys goats and pig (yes, we do have a therapy pig), as well as learn about upcoming events.

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Wish List - keep our riders smiling!

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, O.A.T.S. wouldn't be possible without the generous support of the community. Ever mindful of the financial burden of caring for the disabled, O.A.T.S. has always strived to keep program costs low, making contributions from those outside of the organization critical to our present and future operation. Here are ways you can help.

  • Monetary donations: Unlike larger nonprofits with high administrative costs, your donation to O.A.T.S. goes straight to our horses' mouths and to support a local program backed by success since 1997. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Donations can be mailed to 4920 Groveland Road, Ortonville MI, 48462 or just click on the Donate button at the right hand side of this page.
  • Volunteer
  • Donate your horse or pony
  • Sponsor an O.A.T.S. horse: For a $2,500 donation, you can sponsor one of the heroes of our program: our wonderful horses and ponies. Your contribution will cover a year's cost of feed and veterinary and farrier care. To learn more about our horses and how you can sponsor them, call us today, or click here to make a donation, noting the horse you would like to sponsor in the PayPal note box.
  • Make a wish come true by donating items from our Wish List.
  • Donate items for fundraising raffles and silent auctions.
  • Bring us your returnables: They really do add up. Donations of returnable cans and bottles have allowed us to purchase items for our annual raffles.
  • Shop at Kroger: We participate in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Our code is #83333.
  • Corporate sponsorship: Supporting O.A.T.S. is a great way to fulfill corporate social responsibility initiatives, through monetary and/or product donations or on-site support. Companies have also donated funds raised through “Casual Day” or a portion of a day's receipts. In exchange, you will receive: mention in our newsletter; an ad/link on our website; placement of your banner at O.A.T.S. (if applicable); the satisfaction of knowing your contribution helps more than 100 disabled children and adults; our deepest gratitude.
  • Make O.A.T.S. your designated charity: For weddings, other happy occasions or to honor the passing of a loved one with a memorial that will make an immediate difference.

To learn more about these opportunities and how you can support the O.A.T.S. mission, please contact us at 248-620-1775 or via email at WalkOnOats@oatshrh.org

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Current Wish List

Manure spreader
Muck Cart
Fly spray
Senior feed
Fly Spray
Toilet paper
Paper towels

O.A.T.S. Forms

The following forms are .pdf documents that require Adobe Reader to open, view and print. You can get Reader free at www.adobe.com.

If you are a teacher bringing a class to O.A.T.S. for a field trip, please note that you need both the Field Trip form AND the Rider Registration Packet downloaded, printed and filled out for EACH rider. Thank you.

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Class Calendar

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