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Former Race Horses Find New Life Through CANTER Colorado

March 5, 2020


IN THE FOLLOWING MONDAY AND TUESDAY. LOOKS LIKE DECEMBER ALL OF A SUDDEN. A LITTLE UP AND DOWN THERE FOR YOU. TODAY WE BEGIN OUR SERIES WE CALL OUR 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS. FOR 12 NIGHTS, REPORTERS AND ANCHORS WILL HIGHLIGHT NONPROFITS. TODAY, MY STORY IS ABOUT A HORSE REHAB. DOUBLE BENITA COMING IN ON THE INSIDE. Reporter: DOUBLE BENITA PLACED SECOND IN JUNE. SECOND AGAIN IN JULY. COURTING THE QUEEN SCORES. Reporter: AFTER ONE WIN AND FIVE SECONDS, THE THOROUGHBRED’S RACING CAREER IS OVER BUT HIS SECOND CHANCE IS JUST BEGINNING. HE COULD HAVE ANOTHER 25 YEAR CAREER. Reporter: THANKS TO CANTER. COMMUNICATION ALLIANCE TO NETWORK THOROUGHBRED EXRACERS. THE THOROUGHBRED WAS DONATED TO CANTER. NOT MANY PEOPLE CAN TAKE IN A HORSE. Reporter: SO THE ALL VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION WAS STARTED IN 1988 IN MICHIGAN. ONE OF THE FOUNDERS IS MY FRIEND OF 34 YEARS ROBBY TIMMONS. ROBBY HAS SINCE RETIRED FROM TV. NOW HER PASSION FOR HORSES HAS BECOME AN UNPAID SECOND PROFESSION. CANTER HAS GROWN TO 14 LOCAL CHAPTERS INCLUDING CANTER COLORADO. THE ONES THAT BENEFIT THE MOST ARE THESE GUYS SO THEY’RE SAFE AND HAPPY AND TAKEN CARE OF THROUGH THEIR LIFE. Reporter: ON THIS DAY, DOUBLE BENITA BEGINS HIS REHAB. AT LITTLETON EQUINE MEDICAL CENTER, BONE CHIPS ARE REMOVED FROM BOTH OF THE HORSES KNEES. ONCE HE RECOVERS FROM SURGERY IT’LL BE TIME TO RETRAIN AFTER A STRESSFUL RACING CAREER. GENERALLY THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS TEACHING THEM HOW TO SLOW THEIR LIVES DOWN AND WORK AS PART OF A TEAM AND IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH THEIR RIDER. Reporter: WHEN THE HORSES ARE READY, REHOME, FINDING THE RIGHT BUYER FOR THESE BEAUTIES. BUT MONITORING THEM FOR LIFE. CANTER COLORADO BOARD MEMBER JONATHAN WILLER SAYS THE REHAB WILL KEEP THE HORSES OUT OF THE SLAUGHTER. IT’S LEGAL IN CANADA AND MEXICO. BUT IT’S NOT LEGAL IN THE UNITED STATES. Reporter: DOUBLE BENITA STANDS MORE THAN 17 HANDS TALL. HE’S BRIGHT AND EATING AND FEELING GOOD ALL THE AROUND. Reporter: SOME INVISION HIS NEXT JOB AS A JUMPER BUT IT COULD BE VERSAGE OR SOMETHING ELSE. THE ONLY THING GUARANTEED IS THE HORSE WILL NEVER BE ABUSED. HE JOINS THE ONE OF 200 HORSES OFF TRACK BUT ON TO A NEW CAREER THANKS TO CANTER. THERE YOU GO. THIS WAY. GOOD. IT COSTS CANTER COLORADO ON AVERAGE SIX TO $9,000 TO CARE FOR EACH HORSE. EVERY DOLLAR DONATED TO CANTER IS SPENT TO TRANSITION THE THOROUGHBREDS INTO NEW CAREERS AND NEW HOMES.

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