"changing lives one ride at a time"

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Volunteer at O.A.T.S.

Volunteers are the foundation of O.A.T.S. Without them, O.A.T.S. wouldn't exist. Want to help us change the life of a disabled child or adult one ride at a time?

Sometimes, O.A.T.S. helps volunteers as much as riders: Bill's story | Teen volunteer's story.

Class volunteers

This is where you'll really experience the magic of therapeutic horseback riding. No experience necessary, we will train you! All you need is a smile. Interested? First, review the requirements in the left hand column. Then, see what day(s) work for you on our calendar and call 248.620.1775 or email us.

Class volunteer requirements:

  • Be physically fit enough to walk and occasionally jog for at least an hour.
  • Be able to commit to at least one class each week. This ensures the necessary ratio of volunteers to riders.

Depending on your experience and abilities, you may be asked to:

  • Lead a horse and rider
  • Sidewalk (walk beside the rider). Some riders require only your presence; others require a safety hold at all times.
  • Interact with the rider
  • Assist with mounting and dismounting
  • Assist with grooming, tacking and untacking

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Questions about volunteering at O.A.T.S.? Call 248.620.1775 or email us.

Program volunteers

Can't commit to a weekly class? Not comfortable around horses? There are lots of other ways to help out. Maybe you can help us get items donated for our annual Dinner Dance & Silent Auction. Handy with tools? We always have things around the farm that need fixing. Or help coordinate one of our events, serve on our board of directors, volunteer during day camp, write a grant. You tell us!


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Attention organizations and service groups

If you're looking for a community service project, contact us about opportunities here at O.A.T.S. Call 248.620.1775 or email us.

Our Wish List

You can make a wish come true by donating items from our Wish List.

Hay
Tractor
Muck Cart
Dewormer
Fly spray
Cat Food/Litter
Pig food (potbelly only)
Toilet paper
Paper towels


You can help O.A.T.S. using:

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Attention organizations and service groups

If you're looking for a community service project, contact us about opportunities here at O.A.T.S. Call 248.620.1775 or email us.

Donate/Sponsor a Horse

Horses at O.A.T.S. get regular care, exercise, a new purpose in life and lots of love from some very special people. Most of our horses/ponies are in their mid- to late-20s. Some have served as well into their 30s.

We've had many different breeds in our program. The most common are Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and draft crosses.

If your horse/pony is mature, gentle, sound and well-trained, please contact us about a possible donation.

Or perhaps you'd like to sponsor one of our equine partners and the important work that they do - a monetary donation of $2,500 will cover the cost of feed, farrier and veterinary care for a year.

Read this lovely tribute to two of our equine heroes who have gone on to horse heaven.


You can help O.A.T.S. using:

PayPal Donation:


GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Attention organizations and service groups

If you're looking for a community service project, contact us about opportunities here at O.A.T.S. Call 248.620.1775 or email us.

Thank You Sponsors!

We would like to thank the following groups that continue to support our mission.

Thank You Sponsors!