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New Affiliates

New Affiliates

You can make a difference! Interested in volunteering or starting a new CANTER program? Contact Nancy at Read more

Welcome! CANTER Texas

We welcome a new affiliate to CANTER—CANTER Texas! New horse listings are NOW available! If you are a Texas trainer looking to list a horse, or want to become a volunteer for Texas, please contact Laura Holmes at: Read more

Welcome! CANTER Washington

We welcome a new affiliate to CANTER—CANTER Washington! New horse listings will be available soon! If you are a Washington trainer looking to list a horse, or wish to become a volunteer for Washington, please contact Alexandra Jackson at: Read more
Thank You ASPCA

Thank You ASPCA

CANTER's nationwide program and successful transition of thoroughbreds off racetracks across the country is generously  supported by ASPCA through its "Rescuing Racers Initiative". CANTER thanks ASPCA for its support in 2014! Read more
Portrait Fundraiser! BOGO!!!

Portrait Fundraiser! BOGO!!!

Hand-drawn portraits at affordable prices!! Buy one portrait at regular price, get a second portrait of equal value for free! CANTER will receive $50 for each PAID order!!! For more information Email Wanda at Read more

Texas Featured Horses



Pure River is a 5 year old 16h TB gelding. He is part of our Rehabilitation Program. River is a real sweetheart who will win you over with his kind, gentle demeanor and adorable looks! He was taken into our program on 2/20/15. He suffered a serious sesamoid fracture that will req... Read more
Wewoka Switch *FOSTER or ADOPTION*

Wewoka Switch *FOSTER or ADOPTION*

WEWOKA SWITCH is a 6 year old 15.3h TB gelding. He is part of our Rehabilitation Program. Wewoka has a great personality, and loves attention and giving hugs! He was taken into our program on 2/5/15. He will need approximately 4-6 months of rest with a good prognosis for a future as a dres... Read more

Welcome to CANTER Texas!


CANTER Texas is a 501c3 volunteer run non-profit organization dedicated to helping retired racehorses have brighter futures after the finish line.

We provide free advertising in our Trainer Listings section for horses who are recently retired or currently racing and looking for new careers. 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 with us, or 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. Unfortunately due to limited funds and fosters, we cannot accept all horses into our Rehabilitation Program, but we will make every effort possible. 

There are many ways you can help! 

*Donate money, items or services to support our horses! You can PayPal to our email, or mail checks and items to our physical address.

*Volunteer your time or skills, or network by joining our Facebook group "CANTER Texas Volunteers".

*Foster a racehorse in need of a short or long term home.

Contact Us

Laura Holmes, Executive Director

(847) 878-5378 (text or call, please leave a message)

9827 Potranco Rd. Ste 103-196 San Antonio, TX 78251

CANTER Texas Benefit All Breed Open Horse Show

Saturday, May 30th at the Diamond F Arena in Seguin, TX

CANTER Texas All Breed Open Horse Show and Silent Auction

Come on out and enjoy a great day of horse showing and fun to benefit the CANTER Texas program! Additional details will be posted soon, make sure to follow us on Facebook for updates!

Please contact us if you are interested in a tax deductible donation of items/services for our Silent Auction, sponsoring a class ($30), arena ($175-$350) or high point award or having a vendor booth. Hope to see you there! Please visit our event page at the link below



OTTB Prize Package Contest!

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Congrats to Kaitlyn Philips on winning our OTTB Prize Package Contest drawing! Thank you so much to everybody who entered and to Tamara Cohen for donating these items! The funds raised will support the horses in our Rehabilitation Program.


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Pure River and Wewoka Switch are current members of our Rehabilitation/Adoption Program. They are both currently in short term foster care recovering from injuries and seeking long term fosters or adoptive homes. More details on each is available in our "Trainer Listings" section, or at the top of this page as our "Featured Horses".

If you are able to provide River or Wewoka with a short or long term home, or would like to donate to their care, please contact us at 847-878-5378 or email

CANTER Texas Spring Candle Fundraiser!

It's the perfect time to bring a little Spring inside! Our new Yankee Candle Fundraiser event has begun! They have more than just heavenly scented can find flower seeds and garden decor, wax melts and warmers, tea lights and votives, room and car fresheners, and more! Flat rate shipping of just $5.99 on all orders or FREE over $100! Just enter the group number, shop and CANTER Texas will receive 40% of the proceeds to benefit the horse's in our Rehabilitation Program. Everytime you light a candle you can be reminded how you helped make a difference in the life of one of these incredible horses. CandleFundraiserSpring

First Touch ~ Heart of a Champion

First Touch is a 4 year old mare who was seriously injured in a trailer accident. Literally seconds away from being euthanized due to the severity of her injuries and substantial vet bills, a generous donor stepped in to give her a second chance at life. First Touch became a CANTER Texas owned horse and has recently been adopted into a wonderful home where she will continue her extensive rehabilitation. She is an incredible mare who has shown she has the true heart of a Thoroughbred and a strong will to survive. Please consider a donation to CANTER Texas via PayPal to to enable us to continue helping horse's like her. You can read her amazing story of survival and will to live here...

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CANTER Texas Graduate Rocks the Ultimate X Showdown!


     When Decotah Jackson saw the handsome grey MIKE'S STORM on the CANTER Texas Trainer Listings page, it was love at first sight. Decotah was searching for a horse to compete in the Ultimate X Showdown, a challenge in which trainers have 100 days to take a fresh off the track Thoroughbred racehorse and compete in a combined barrel racing and freestyle exhibition.


MIKE'S STORM was re-named "Legacy" and after 100 days together, they headed from Texas to Ohio where they finished a fantastic 6th out of 15 trainers overall! Congratulations to Decotah and Legacy from all of us at CANTER Texas! We look forward to seeing them turnin and burning their way around barrel racing competitions here in Texas and showing off how ex racehorses excel in their post track careers! 

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