Browse listings of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses that are available from CANTER California.
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.
Picnic Day @ UC Davis
Saturday, April 22nd 2017
Stop by and meet our NorCal team! We’re so excited to participate in one of Davis’ biggest celebrations.
Dollar Days @ Golden Gate Fields
Sunday April 30th 2017
Come support CANTER and cheer on the horses at GGF!
CANTER NorCal Kentucky Derby Party
May 6, 2017
Location and time TBD. Stay tuned for details!
Derby Day LA
May 6, 2017
We’ve got Derby Day covered up and down the California coast! Excited to celebrate the Run for the Roses in LA.
August 13 – 15th 2017
If by chance you find yourself in Saratoga (yes, New York…) come August, stop by and say “Hi!” to the CANTER crew!
CANTER could not do any of its 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 California
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!
2017 CANTER CALIFORNIA VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:
Volunteers are the life line to making CANTER a success and helping transition retiring racehorses to new endeavors.
If you are interested in any of the following positions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you excel in networking & creating partnerships? Do you know how to design a Corporate Sponsorship? Think you can develop effective working relationships with executives, individual donors, and celebrities? Can you help secure sponsorships & donated items? We are looking for someone to help lead us in raising annual funds for CANTER California! If you have a knack for organizing fundraising events & forming charitable partnerships – we would love to have you on board!
EXPERIENCED RIDERS/HORSE CARE VOLUNTEERS (Davis Area & Topanga/Malibu Area)
- Minimum time commitment is 2+ days per week.
- Must have experience with young untrained horses.
- Must be an experienced rider with excellent horse management skills.
- Prefer over 18, but open if you are the right rider.
- Riding video required.
- Must live in the immediate area.
HORSE SHOW EXHIBIT MANAGER
Do you enjoy sharing your love for the OTTB with others? Love working with the Public? Enjoy attending Equestrian Events? We are looking for an Exhibit Manager to organize and operate a CANTER California booth at local horse shows & events. We need someone to help plan which shows & events we want to have a presence at! This person would also assist set up & break down booths, oversee volunteers working at the booth; & help spread the word about retiring racehorses!
CANTER CALIFORNIA NEEDS ONGOING ASSISTANCE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Transportation: At anytime, CANTER may need volunteers willing to trailer a horse from the track to a CANTER California Phase 2 location. If you have a trailer and are willing to donate your time, gas, and equipment to help move our horses, please email: email@example.com to be added to our list of volunteer transporters.
Horseracing is a multi-million dollar, time-honored industry. Mint juleps, giant hats, and fists full of betting cash make for a dramatic three-minutes. It’s similar for the horses – the first years of their lives are fast and dramatic, but their actual racing careers are just a brief blip in a horse’s naturally long life. Even the fastest, most athletic thoroughbred is retired from the racetrack by the time he or she is 8 years old. After that, the rest of the horse’s life is a gamble. CANTER (the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses) finds them new homes so they can avoid a tragic, untimely end.
CANTER began as a free information exchange between racehorse sellers and prospective buyers. While we still provide free race trainer listings, we’ve expanded. CANTER now has a network of trainers and boarding facilities all over the country that take ex-racehorses in their temporary care until a new, approved home is found. CANTER assumes all financial responsibility, including board, feed, farrier, dental and vet care. We provide rehabilitation for injuries and stresses from the track, but CANTER’s goal is to take the horses that are most likely to succeed, soundly and comfortably, in a new home with a new job.
The California branch of CANTER is small and specialized. We accept owner donated and surrendered off-the-track thoroughbred racehorses. With the guidance of our veterinary team we rehabilitate the injured horses and then retrain them for second careers as sporthorses or pleasure mounts. Our experienced volunteer and professional trainers get to know the horses, and train them according to their likes and aptitudes. Some are highly spirited and love the drama of eventing and the jumping ring; others are quiet and kind enough for children’s lesson programs. Some even have the mind, confirmation and athleticism necessary for the dressage court.
All CANTER affiliates are nonprofit, run entirely by volunteers and funded through grants, donations and fundraisers. The horses’ adoption rates are scaled according to their training and ability, and the adoption fees goes back into the program for medical care, feed, and board. Additionally, we check in with new owners for at least two years to ensure that our horses are in good care and good health – and we will always accept a horse back if it does not work out. Our goal is to give these horses a happy, healthy second life.
CANTER California partners with several excellent boarding and rehabilitation facilities in both Northern and Southern California.
260 Las Miradas Dr
Los Gatos, CA 95032