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Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred ExRacehorses (CANTER Michigan)

EIN: 90-0626283
Founded: 1999
8619 Edgewood Park Drive
Commerce Twp. MI 48382
Last Updated 2017-05-04

Public Charity

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2017 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Horse Welfare

Our organization operates programs involved with horse rescue, foster care, rehabilitation, adoption and/or retirement.

Our organization's primary activity is equine rescue & adoption.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Canter accepts retiring thoroughbreds off racetracks through the Midwest and transports them into Canter rehab or training facilities for vet evaluation and treatment, farrier care, adjustment to farm life and living in a herd, retraining for new careers and adoptions to Canter-approved nonrace homes.
X-rays of Injured thoroughbreds are evaluated by MSU to determine if they are surgery candidates. CANTER provides life saving surgery to remove bone chips or repair leg fractures, while providing an advanced education to MSU Vet students who assist with all aspects of arthroscopic surgery.
CANTER horses heal with several months rehab. A vet assessment approves their return to work, then they can begin retraining for new careers.

Horse-related programs:
CANTER Michigan takes non-competitive and injured thoroughbreds off racetracks in Michigan and the Midwest, and provides veterinary assessment and treatment, farrier care to remove racing plates, assess hooves, provide treatment and new shoes. The OTTB is given time to adjust to farm life and living in a herd. Retraining begins on a lunge line, then walk, trot, canter under saddle, trail riding followed by more advanced training in dressage, jumping and sport horse disciplines. X-rays of injured thoroughbreds are sent to MSU and, if a surgery candidate, the horse receives life saving surgery at Michigan State University to remove bone chips or repair leg fractures. CANTER allows MSU Vet students to assist with all aspects of arthroscopic surgery enabling them to receive an advanced education. Injured thoroughbreds receive several months post surgery rehab at a CANTER rehab facility. Following veterinary evaluation and approval, they can begin retraining for a new career. CANTER actively markets OTTBs to CANTER approved adopters. <br />The University of Michigan Equestrian Team rides and trains at Willowbrooke Farm. <br />For advanced riders, working with CANTER thoroughbreds provide experience with OTTBs that is often a great resume' builder for budding professionals.

Non-horse-related programs:
CANTER works with Michigan State University Veterinary students to help expand their education by allowing Vet students to assist with all aspects of arthroscopic surgeries on injured thoroughbreds from diagnosis, surgery preparation, anesthesia, arthroscopic surgery and post surgery care.
Because of the CANTER program at Michigan State University, the Equine Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the best in the country as it provides unique educational opportunities for veterinary students.

Volunteer Opportunities

Horse Shows
Do you enjoy talking with people about horses? CANTER Michigan participates in Horse Shows and Equine events selling CANTER logo merchandise, promoting CANTER thoroughbreds available for adoption and the benefits of thoroughbreds as sport horses or trail horses. We welcome you to join other CANTER volunteers at Horse Shows or Equine events.

Thoroughbreds retiring off racetracks in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and other midwest tracks come into the CANTER Michigan program to receive rehab, retraining and marketing. If injured, the horse receives life saving surgery at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Transporters are always needed. If you have a horse trailer suitable for a thoroughbred and can transport for expenses, please contact CANTER Michigan.

Marketing CANTER thoroughbreds to riders in all disciplines such as Dressage, Hunter, Jumper, Eventing, polo, trail riding, etc is a priority. CANTER welcomes new and innovative marketing ideas to promote CANTER thoroughbreds.. We love new ideas that help each CANTER horse find their perfect home! Share your ideas with us!

CANTER Michigan publishes an online newsletter. Do you enjoy writing and formatting e-newsletters? Contact us.

All Artists welcome to showcase your equine art! Do you make Calendars or Holiday cards where CANTER can partner with you and promote your artwork on Facebook and our website? Would you donate original artwork for silent auction fundraisers?
Give your Equine Art the exposure it deserves!

CANTER Michigan is an ALL volunteer 501(c)3 organization since 1999. We welcome new and innovative fundraising ideas. Do you have an idea to help raise money to train thoroughbreds as sport horses or trail horses? We'd love to hear from you. Do you have an idea to help raise funds to pay for life saving surgeries for injured thoroughbreds? Pay for Hay? Transport? Contact us.

Wish List Items

Silent Auction Items
All Silent Auction items great appreciated to help CANTER raise funds to transition OTTBs. Equine art, vacation condos, equine jewelry, sculptures, gift certificates! You can send items to CANTER, 8619 Edgewood Park Drive, Commerce Twp. Michigan 48382. CANTER will send you a donation receipt.

Halters, Saddles, Tack
Halters, Saddles and Tack help in training CANTER thoroughbred ex-racehorses to learn new careers as sport horses, dressage and Trail Horses. If you'd like to donate halters, saddles or any tack, or would like to donate to CANTER to buy Halters, Saddles or Tack, please send to CANTER, 8619 Edgewood Park Dr., Commerce Twp. Mi. 48382. CANTER will send you a donation receipt.

Grain, Nutrients
CANTER thoroughbreds need a lot of grain and nutrients to maintain their athletic weight, as they rehab and retrain for new careers as sport horses or trail horses. If you'd like to donate, grain or nutrients, or would like to donate to CANTER to buy grain and nutrients, you can send to CANTER, 8619 Edgewood Park Drive, Commerce Twp., Michigan 48382. thanks!
CANTER will send you a donation receipt.

Blankets, Rain Sheets
CANTER Thoroughbreds in rehabilitation or retraining can use Blankets and Rain Sheets that fit their athletic size, Sizes 78 to 82. You can ship to CANTER at 8619 Edgewood Park Drive, Commerce Twp. Michigan 48382. CANTER will send you a donation receipt.

*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.