Offering alternative therapy with Smiles

Changing Lives One Ride at a Time.

O.A.T.S. promotes the health, well-being and happiness of individuals with disabilities through horseback riding and equine therapy activities. With the help of our instructors and volunteers, children and adults with disabilities enjoy therapy programs at the OATS farm 4+ days a week.

Schedule a class today or consider volunteering!

We greatly appreciate your support and generosity. If you opt to support our Capital Campaign — which you can read about on the Donate page — please write-in “Capital Campaign” as a note on PayPal. Thank You!

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Welcome to 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!

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Why Horse Therapy?

Benefits of therapeutic riding include:

  • Improves balance, flexibility, muscle strength and tone

  • Develops communication, listening and attention skills

  • Encourages social interaction

  • Builds confidence and self-esteem

With safety always the priority, the goal for every rider at O.A.T.S. is to ride independently (without assistance from a leader and/or sidewalker), no matter the disability. While not always possible, the important thing is that it’s encouraged.



members receiving therapy

Includes those who don’t always ride, but come for equine facilitated learning.



therapy HORSES

Elf, Blue, Moon, Lucky, Outlaw…



green acres

Located about an hour from downtown Detroit and Lansing.

August 2018

“O.A.T.S. was hands-down the most amazing experience for my kids. The atmosphere is so peaceful.  They worked on their balance, muscle weakness, sensory integration, motor skills and relaxation. The best part is that they didn't even realize they were in therapy.”

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Have a question about OATS? Ask about our organization, the programs we offer, and the difference we make.

Volunteer opportunities

Without volunteers, OATS couldn't exist. Want to help us change the life of a disabled child or adult?

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As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, OATS wouldn't be possible without the generous support of the community. 


Psst… did you know that O.A.T.S also offers horse boarding and hosts birthday parties open to the public?