Browse listings of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses that are available from CANTER Colorado.
Adopting a horse through CANTER is a 5 step process.
Click on one of the steps to learn more.
Anyone interested in adopting a horse from CANTER is required to fill out the Adoption Approval Form, which can be found on the website. It should only take you 10-15 minutes to fill it out online.
You can also print out the pdf and mail it to the contact address listed on this page.
Please call your veterinary clinic to let them know they will be receiving a Vet Reference and ask them to respond to it.
Please fill out the Approval Form even if you don’t yet see the right horse for you. You may be pre-approved when you find your horse. If you wait, the horse you want may be adopted by someone who is already approved.
Once CANTER approves you, you are approved to adopt a CANTER-owned Thoroughbred from any CANTER affiliate.
Once your Approval Form has been processed you will be notified by e-mail stating that you are either approved or not approved. If not approved, the reasons will be explained.
The horse’s adoption fee must be paid before the horse is moved. Fee may be paid by cash, check, Master Card or Visa. If the horse needs additional certificates for shipping, there will be a charge for those services.
The Conditional Lifetime Bill of Sale (see attachments at end of this page) must be signed before the horse leaves our facility. The Conditional Lifetime Bill of Sale is a binding legal contract between you and CANTER. Make sure that you read the Bill of Sale and understand it completely.
Once the adoption fee has been paid, the adopter arranges transportation. For 3 days, CANTER will pay for the board of the horse. After 3 days, the adopter will be charged $15 a day for board of their new horse. If transportation is needed, talk to your CANTER representative. All horses must be picked up in a trailer large enough for a thoroughbred.
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CANTER could not do any of it's amazing work without you!
CANTER exists solely on donations and volunteers. Every dollar and hour donated goes to help these horses get proper medical care, a comfortable place to stay, a full belly, and tools to speed the transition from track life to their new careers.
CANTER is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Non-profit organization; your donations are tax deductible.
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We need you!
CANTER is a 100% volunteer organization and is always in need of volunteers to help retiring Thoroughbred racehorses transition into new careers.
Contact us to learn more about how you can help!
CANTER Colorado officially launched in 2008 but had a difficult time getting the trainer listing program off and running. It wasn’t until 2012 with the help of some key volunteers and trainers on the backside that allowed us to begin taking horse listings. We listed nearly 100 horses for sale that first summer, and through our network, we helped find over 60 horses new homes.
At the end of 2013 meet, Arapahoe Park in partnership with The Colorado Horseracing Association (CHA) recognized the work we did with a $10,000 donation to our organization.
Our success with the trainer listing program enabled us to offer the horse community an additional service in 2013. We launched the CANTER Colorado aftercare program, allowing trainers/owners to donate their horse to our organization. We are committed to rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming each horse in our program. Every horse has a customized care plan established by our team of veterinarians, farriers, trainers, and volunteers that will help position the horse into finding the best new home and career after racing.
The support for CANTER from the Colorado horse racing community continues to grow. In 2014, CANTER was once again the organization of choice to receive a donation at the end of the meet from Arapahoe Park and CHA. We took in more than 5 horses off the track in 2014 including a cryptorchid stallion. With our help, we were able to geld the horse and increase his chances of finding a new home.
In 2015, Arapahoe Park and CHA paired with CANTER Colorado and The Retired Racehorse Project to find Colorado’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred. Arapahoe Park and CHA sponsored the event at the 2015 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. This special event help shed the light and increase the demand for thoroughbreds after racing.
CANTER Colorado continues to participate in special events both locally and nationally that promote thoroughbreds in careers off the track. One of our newest residents, Sweetpeacefuledream (SweetPea) is currently in training and will be shown off in Kentucky at the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover Event, put on by The Retired Racehorse Project.
Jamie Girouard, Executive Director
7586 S. Williams St.
Centennial, CO 80122
CANTER Colorado has 2 dedicated programs helping retired race horses.
Our CANTER Owned Program:
As an additional service, we offer owners/trainers the opportunity to donate their horse to our aftercare program. CANTER assumes all ownership and financial responsibility of the donated horse. Working with a dedicated team of veterinarians, farriers, professional trainers, and volunteers, each horse is provided with a customized plan of action that includes: relaxation, rehabilitation, and retraining services. When ready, CANTER finds new homes and careers suitable for each horse based on their potential, needs, or limitations. Horses are sold with a CANTER adoption contract after thoroughly screening potential buyers. Our program ensures each horse obtains the marketable skills they need to find a new home and career.
Our Trainer Listed Program:
The listing program is a free service offered to the horse men/women at the track who want to sell their retiring race horse. Volunteers work closely with trainers/owners on the backside of Arapahoe Park taking pictures, videos, and biographies of any horses for sale. The information is posted on our website and promoted to a national pool of equestrian buyers. CANTER is not involved in the sale.
CANTER Colorado is Accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)
CANTER Colorado has officially been accredited by TAA! This means that we have met the highest level of industry standards for Thoroughbred care, operations, rehabilitation, retraining, and re-homing services. We are proud to be the only accredited thoroughbred organization in Colorado!
We would like to Thank the Build-A-Bear Workshop for their support in 2013 of our buildabear Thoroughbred aftercare program. Build-A-Bear, helps bring a child’s favorite stuffed animal to life. This wonderful organization has many programs that support the community. A dollar from every sale of the Bearemy’s Kennel Pals goes towards helping animal welfare, rehabilitation, rescues, and therapeutic and educational programs.
Learn more here: www.buildabear.com
THOROUGHBRED CHARITIES OF AMERICA
Thanks to the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) for supporting our Aftercare Program in 2014! 2014-Grantee-Logo.jpgThis funding will help us expand our program to reach more horses and/or to help with the expenses associated with special needs and more intensive rehabilitation cases. TCA raises and distributes money to charitable organizations in Thoroughbred rescue, retirement and adoption; research; backstretch and farm employee programs; and therapeutic riding programs.
More information here: www.tca.org
COLORADO UNWANTED HORSE ALLIANCE
A Special Thank you to The Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance (CUHA) for their continued support since 2013! This organization is dedicated to helping alleviate the horses from becoming unwanted in the state of Colorado.
Please visit their website for more information.