adopt a retired racehorse




Ensure that your horses are traceable - have them microchipped!

Documented members of performance horse organizations such as:

42 Fleur de lis
and professional equine organizations such as North American Thoroughbred Society (NATBS)

are eligible for a 15% DISCOUNT on adoption fees!

Retired Racehorse Project's THOROUGHBRED MAKEOVER COMPETITION, offers cash and prizes to the top placed horses in ten equestrian disciplines! Pictured here is 2015 competitor and Second Stride graduate "FACE OF GLORY" with his owner and trainer. READ MORE >>

42 FLEUR DE LIS MINI TRIAL SERIES, tracks special awards for Second Stride horses. Congratulations to Tanya Demeritt and her Second Stride adopted horse SMOKE N VOTE for winning the overall high point Award for 2013!

Congratulations to Kate Snyder and SAFELY SPUN, 2014 T.I.P. Performance Awards - 5th place Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accredited Organization Adoptee Category (Second Stride, Inc.)

To encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding, The Jockey Club announced the THOROUGHBRED INCENTIVE PROGRAM, offering sponsorship for Thoroughbred-only classes and divisions, high point Thoroughbred awards at open horse shows and competitions, a Thoroughbred of the Year Award and a Young Rider of the Year Award.

Fast forward to 2018: Dressage Performance Award!

AVAILABLE for adoption

PRINCE HANSEN, 5 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

RUN TIME, 6 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

ONE MAN PARTY, 3 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

AWESOME NONA, 5 year old Thoroughbred mare >>

IPURRFURCANDY, 3 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

WALKING STICK, 5 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

FEARLESS STAR, 7 year old Thoroughbred mare >>

SS KATHY LOVES YOU, Yearling Thoroughbred filly >>

BIG FEN, 3 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

GLYN TAWY, 8 year old Thoroughbred mare, RRP Eligible >>

VEDELAGO (IRE), 10 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

SOLID WAGER, 8 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

OUR KARMA, 6 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

CRIMSON BANDIT, 6 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

MAJESTIC SECRET, 4 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

CENTENNIAL BANKER, 3 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

LITTLE MISCHA, 6 year old Thoroughbred mare >>

LEANNE N SUSAN, 7 year old Thoroughbred mare >>

AFLEET MODEL, 4 year old Thoroughbred gelding, RRP Eligible >>

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Second Stride graduates at shows and clinics >>

ADOPTED! Chigger Bite, adopted in 2018. "He's a fantastic trail horse. We're crossing creeks and bridges and riding through cattle. We don't even use a saddle anymore. This boy amazes me."

ADOPTED! TB Salute, adopted in 2017.

ADOPTED! Power Plant, adopted in 2017.

ADOPTED! Passi D Belleza, adopted in 2016.

ADOPTED! Stuck on Rich, adopted in 2016. Her new home is in ALASKA! Click here to see how she's doing >>

ADOPTED! Ocho Caballero, adopted in 2013. Eventing at Training level in 2016.

ADOPTED! Gathering Cloud, adopted in 2015.

ADOPTED! R Rocky, adopted September 2016. This is only his second time jumping!

ADOPTED! Jerald, adopted in 2015.

ADOPTED! 2016 update.

ADOPTED! 2016 update. RUNBRIDLED, adopted 2015.

2016 competitor and Second Stride graduate "RUNBRIDLED" has his own Facebook page >>

ADOPTED! Contemporary Art, adopted in 2014.

ADOPTED! Paroled, adopted in 2015. "He is such a kind, gentle soul, and you can feel his love when you stand (or sit!) next to him and scratch and love him."

ADOPTED! Tough Nuggies is doing wonderful in her adoptive home with the Heald Family. Pictured is Lucy Wu, one of four young ladies who ride and work with this mare. She's used by Louisa for riding and as a therapy horse for Lucy Wu, among other jobs. Her trainer says she is absolutely perfect for this family. Defining Love. VIDEO >>

ADOPTED! Warbird, with Holiday Greetings, 2015.

ADOPTED! Thursby (Animal Kingdom's half brother, by Mr. Greeley x Dalicia), excels at jumping!

ADOPTED! King Nile, clearly living the good life, on his birthday, 2015.

ADOPTED! Gold Light cuddled up to a visiting adopter and it worked!

ADOPTED! Krismas Cactus, learning something new at a clinic with his new owner.

ADOPTED! Warbird, adopted January 2014, has started back in July with slow work after 6 months to heal the tendon injury that prompted his retirement from racing. Thanks to his adopters Jon and Carly, he's looking great! "Warbird's name has not changed but we did add to it - we call him Warbird's Second Performance."

ADOPTED! Warbird settled in, January 2014, and getting a peppermint from mom!

ADOPTED! From Facebook, Christi wrote: "Plenty of grooms :)"

ADOPTED! Thanks to Kevin Cline for adopting Makin' Bacon Man and finding a perfect new career for him as a trail riding partner in Indiana.

ADOPTED! Thanks to Kathy Saxe and her daughter Courtney Saxe of Illnois for providing both Asserted and Dale Dale a great new home in Illinois.

ADOPTED! Thanks to Dan Terryberry and his daughters Jane and Paige for giving retired racehorses Bad Boy Bob ("Caspian") and Bomb Site ("Bomber") a great new home in North Carolina. (click on the photo at left for more)

more Second Stride thoroughbreds already adopted >>