CANTER Texas is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping
retired racehorses have better futures after the finish line.
BUY a recently retired racehorse directly from their owner/trainer at the track.
ADOPT an ex-racehorse that is owned by CANTER, has completed rehabilitation
from injury and started foundation training for new disciplines.
CANTER stands for The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses. It started as a solution to help racehorses find new careers by connecting buyers and sellers through posting racehorses for sale on the internet. The program quickly became a national web-based phenomenon. Since the first CANTER program started in 1997, it has grown to include chapters all across the county. All CANTER affiliates are volunteer run organizations with 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Some chapters have horse adoption programs, where CANTER assumes ownership of the horse and all associated expenses, provides necessary medical treatment and retraining so the horse is better able to find a good home.
CANTER Texas was formed in 2014 and provides free advertising in our Trainer Listings section for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horses and Arabians who are recently retired or currently racing and looking for new careers. Horses are located at tracks in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, as well at farms throughout the state. Interested buyers should contact the owner/trainer in individual ads to answer any questions or arrange purchase. CANTER is not involved in the transaction and takes no fee or commission. If you would like to list a racehorse for sale, or are a buyer who needs assistance, please contact us!
We also have a Rehabilitation & Adoption Program, in which we assist racehorses with injuries that need treatment and recovery time. We provide them with veterinary care and place them in foster homes until they are ready for new homes. If you are interested in becoming a foster or adopting a CANTER owned horse, please contact us to fill out an application. If you are an owner/trainer with a racehorse in need of assistance, please contact us.
There are many ways you can help! Donate money, items or services, volunteer your time or skills, network by sharing available horses from our Facebook page, or become a foster home!