Browse listings of Thoroughbreds that are available from CANTER Kentucky.
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.
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.
to CANTER Kentucky
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!
The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) provides retiring thoroughbred racehorses with opportunities for new careers by helping to place, rehabilitate, and retrain these amazing athletes. Through our different programs, our volunteers provide an array of services to help these horses transition into new careers including walking the shed rows of racetracks taking pictures for listings and directly working with them in the saddle.
PO Box 2996
Louisville, KY 40201
We want to thank Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Turfway Park, Victory Haven, The Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington and all the people who have made CANTER KY such a success since we established a CANTER KY chapter in November 2009.
Thank you Turfway Park and the TAP program for your generous donation to CANTER KY. We greatly appreciate all of your support!!
Thank you “Elizabeth C Thomas Fund” for your generous donation to CANTER KY.
A HUGE thank you to the River City Distribution employees for their generous donation to CANTER KY.
Thank You Erica Spradling for taking the beautiful photos, of our CANTER KY horses, that are available for adoption.