Dux is a darling thoroughbred, that wasn’t showing much promise as a racehorse! When he bowed his tendon, his racing dad decided it was time for sweet Dux to get out of racing forever & move on to new things - so he contacted CANTER! We were at capacity, & unable financially to take another horse into our program, but we happily list him on our free “Trainer Listings” & included him in the Golden Gate Fields Thoroughbred Showcase (in partnership with Golden Gate Fields Aftercare). Poor Dux still was waiting for his perfect match.
Suddenly, Dux’s racing connections caught word on the street that a man was looking for a couple of riding horses – they believed they’d found Dux a great home on their own! Sadly, this darling little gelding turned up at a livestock auction in Madera, CA! Auction Horse Rescue contacted Golden Gate Fields Aftercare, who, in turn, called Dux’s racing dad. Stunned & dismayed, he immediately stepped up to bail Dux out of auction! Golden Gate Fields aftercare called CANTER to ask if there was ANY way we could take him into our program. No one wanted to see this guy have to go back to the track, to wait for his forever home; after all he’d been through!
Strapped for funds, but desperately wanting to help, CANTER contacted our friends at Second Chances California. Located in Stanislaus County, SCC works with probationers referred by the Stanislaus County Probation Department. Students in the program gain valuable life skill, while working with horses under supervision!
SCC was able to provide CANTER a super discount on board for Dux! Additionally, Dux will help teach the students about a horse straight off the track! They’ll learn about caring for a bow tendon, plus Dux will get the chance to rest, rehab, & trust again. The probationers will help him & he will help them, as they ALL work toward a brighter future!
NONE of this is free, however! CANTER is still financially responsible for Dux, now that he’s entered our program (even in this very unique situation!). We were not anticipating taking in another horse (otherwise we would have gladly taken him RIGHT off the track in the 1st place). We just couldn’t bear to see him go through any more stress. We are grateful for the fabulous rate SCC can provide us on board – but we need your help!
ANY contribution helps sponsor Dux! We are aiming to raise $3970 which should cover Dux for up to 1 year with CANTER.
Approximate Costs Associated with Dux for 1 year
- Initial Vet Exam & Vaccines: $125
- Ferrier: $1170 approx. $130 every 6 weeks
- Dentist: $175
- Board (at the SUPER SCC discounted rate!): $1500 $125 every month
- Extras (i.e. Emergency Fund/General Supplies/Training Aides/Etc.): $1000
- TOTAL: $3970
If Dux is adopted in less than a year and/or any funds are “left over” they will go directly into the CANTER CA program to assist with other horses! We are a 100% Volunteer; 501c3 NonProfit! ALL donations are tax deductable & go straight to the care of the horses in the program. See our website for more information: www.canterusa.org/california.