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June, 2014

"CANTER", a national racehorse re-homing assistance program, has come to Texas!

They provide a free sales listing service for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arabian and Paint racehorses seeking new homes.

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They provide a free sales listing service for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arabian and Paint racehorses seeking new homes.
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CANTER stands for the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex Racehorses and is a volunteer run, accredited 501(c)(3) non profit organization. The program started as a solution to help racehorses find new careers by connecting buyers and sellers by posting racehorses for sale on the internet. It quickly became a national web-based phenomenon and since the first CANTER chapter began in Michigan in 1997, it has expanded to include affiliates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, the Mid-Atlantic region, New England, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

Most of the CANTER chapters also have an adoption program, in which they take in retiring racehorses, provide rehabilitation and training, then adopt the horse to an approved home. CANTER Texas currently does not have an adoption program but is considering adding one when they become eligible to do so in 2016.

Most available horses are located at Texas's three major racetracks-Lone Star Park in Dallas, Retama Park in San Antonio, and Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, with others at farms and training centers throughout the state. Volunteers walk the stable area weekly during the current race meet, going from barn to barn gathering information, photos and videos of any horses that a trainer is trying to find a new home for. Each horse's profile is uploaded to the CANTER Texas website for public viewing and those interested in a horse can contact the trainer listed in the ad to answer questions or make an appointment to view the horse. CANTER is not involved in the actual sale and does not take a commission from either party. Prospective buyers are not allowed to ride the horses at the track due to state licensing regulations and track policies. A pre-purchase exam is recommended for all horses.

The Texas program began in January of 2014 and got off to a flying start, helping to find homes for 6 horses in it's first week. Graduates have already begun excelling in their new careers, including one who was in the ribbons at her first show just 60 days after her last race, and another who was chosen to compete in a national Thoroughbred barrel racing competition. There are currently 18 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses listed for sale on the website, including some who have already begun their re-training. Don't be fooled by the myths and misconceptions about ex racehorses, they make wonderful riding partners and excel in a wide variety of disciplines. Volunteers are happy to answer any questions or guide buyers through the process of inspecting, purchasing and retraining their new horse.

To view available horses, please visit the CANTER Texas website at www.canterusa.org/Texas. For more information or volunteer opportunities, you can contact Executive Director Laura Holmes at 847-878-5378 or email Texas@canterusa.org. Make sure to "like" CANTER Texas on Facebook www.facebook.com/CanterTexas and follow them on Twitter @Canter_Texas.

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