Changing lives through the healing power of horses.
This is the mission of the OATS Equestrian Center. Founded in 1997 as Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles, OATS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit located in Ortonville, Michigan. As a volunteer-based organization, we are focused on promoting the health, well-being and happiness of individuals through equine-assisted services. Through the support of its instructors, dedicated volunteers and the community, OATS has grown to one of the largest programs of its type in Michigan.
OATS is proud to be a PATH International Premier Accredited Center. PATH International is the credentialing organization for accrediting centers and certifying instructors and equine specialists for equine-assisted services.
Located on 40 beautiful acres., we offer several year-round programs designed to assist those with a variety of abilities and needs. Our program continues to evolve as we assess the needs of our participants and the needs of our community. Whether you are looking for specific horse related activities, volunteer opportunities or community outings, OATS is the place to be.
OATS enjoys a long standing, cooperative relationship with several other non-profits, schools and community organizations. Additionally, we provide a number of events each year, open to the children and families of our community. It is through these relationships and events that we are able to give-back to those who support us.
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Keep up with the weekly happenings at OATS by visiting our Facebook profile. See new photos of our horses, riders, donkeys goats and pig (yes, we do have a therapy pig), as well as learn about upcoming events.