About CANTER Mid Atlantic and Dixie Rumble

CANTER Mid Atlantic is a 501(c)3 charity that works to help place racehorses in new, long-term homes when they are done racing.  CANTER operates in two ways – the first is with the “track listing” program.  The track listings are free classifieds that we provide to owners and trainers of racehorses who want to find them new homes and careers.  Every weekend our volunteers go to area racetracks, armed with cameras and notebooks, to gather information and take photos of these horses, who are then posted on the internet for sale.  This program is responsible for finding thousands (if not over ten thousand) of racehorses new homes in the Mid-Atlantic area.  Horses from our trainer listings have found homes all over the country – as far away as California and Colorada, and have succeeded at all levels of sport (one CANTER Mid-Atlantic trainer listing competed at the Rolex Three Day event in 2010). 

The second way in which our program operates is to actually run a horse retraining and rehoming program.  As space and funds allow, we accept horses donated by their race owners, provide them with the time off that they need, and move them into retraining.  Training is the best protection a horse can have – it makes them valuable and wanted, and helps them find good, long-term homes.  When we can, we partner with area professionals to help give our horses a solid foundation for their new, non-racing careers. 

This blog started as a chronicle of the adventures of “Dixie Rumble,” a big gangly brown gelding that came to us from Charles Town Racetrack in West Virginia.  As part of our organization’s mission of rehoming ex-racehorses, our director started these blogs to show people what is involved in getting horses into new homes, and also to highlight common training/riding issues that people might have with “OTTBs” as they develop them into riding partners.   While we have several blogs, this one focuses on the horses that come into the retraining program on Jessica Morthole’s farm in Camden, Delaware.
Since Dixie has since found a home, this blog has morphed to include training updates on other horses in the program, updates on new horses coming in, and entries about my general experiences as a volunteer.
So, with that – Welcome!  Take a poke around! 

3 responses to “About CANTER Mid Atlantic and Dixie Rumble

  1. Liked to hear that you thought Dixie was well broke cause I broke him!!!! I also donated General Forrest to you and Yellow Tavern!!! Small world huh, Poor GeneralForrest went thru hell before =I got him at two, HE was an absolute nervous wreck and sore everywhere, Took me over a year of time off before I could train him at all, always felt very sorry for him and was delighted when I saw some over fences shots of him a long time ago, Looked like he really snapped his knees. Yellow Tavern another issue. Had to go very slow with him cause he was just a chicken. A beautiful moving chicken!!!! He did thank heavens outgrow most of that! If you have any other pics of Genl Forrest and Yellow Tavern I would love to see the, Dixie too. Glad he has grwon up to be braver than he was as a yearling and 2 yr old! If out ever need to give more info to a prospective buyer I will be glad to fill them in on early life of these horses I had., We takeour time with them and try to break them the nice way! LOts of trail rides and yes Dixie does know how to lunge!!! Nancy

  2. I have had three off the track TB’s-one out of the slaughter pen last March. He is now hunting with a kid. One is 34. All fabulous hunting horses. I will NEVER EVER own another kind of horse. I watched Clinton Anderson on RFD work with a NewZealand TB at Morven Park. YOU MORON YOU HAD TO GO TO FRIGGING NEW ZEALAND for a TB? L

  3. *laughing hysterically at Lori’s post above*

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