Second Stride is accredited by the THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE.

Second Stride is a member of the KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL.

Second Stride Inc. is certified by The Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council as an equine rescue facility for the State of Kentucky.

Second Stride Inc. abides by the Guidelines for Transitioning the Retired Racehorse as set forth by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Second Stride Inc. abides by the Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue And Retirement Facilities as set forth by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Second Stride Inc. Board of Directors:

Kim Smith, Founder

Kathy Stim, Vice President

Paul Rutherford, Secretary/Treasurer

Nicole Fabry, Director

Debbie Iezzi, Director

Sara Dorman, Director


Second Stride horses are housed at Moserwood Farms in Prospect, Kentucky. In 2006, Moserwood acquired 103 acres of fertile grazing land in Pleasureville, Kentucky, approximately 40 minutes up I-71 from Prospect. We call the new location "Moserwood Farms II" and it is the home for Second Stride horses that need turnout time before entering a re-training program. more about Moserwood Farms I & II >>

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Second Stride, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Second Stride is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization providing professional rehabilitation, retraining, and placement for retired thoroughbred racehorses in qualified homes so that they may reach their full potential in a productive second career.

Second Stride is based on volunteers who are active in other areas of the racing industry: owners, partnership managers, handicappers, trainers. We are working to improve racing from within, and know from first hand experience how many people may have the desire to retire a horse safely, but at times find that difficult to do. We understand. We have been there, and now are doing what we can, and looking for others who can help by doing what they can.

Our come back rate is extremely low, and of those adopted horses that are returned, some are well trained horses donated back for us to raise funds. We have castrated and socialized many colts, and taken in many horses that had been injured and were mending. We have broken many horses to ride, and restarted many retired broodmares under saddle in preparation for a third career.

SECOND STRIDE PLACED 81 horses in 2012, 91 in 2013, 110 in 2014, 123 in 2015, 147 in 2016, 124 in 2017 and 116 horses in 2018!

We would like to extend our utmost appreciation to our donors, board members, dedicated volunteers, staff and grantors. Well over 1000 horses have been placed in adoptive homes since the inception of our program in 2005.

Second Stride feature from PBS:

Second Stride from Kyle Loughrin on Vimeo.

A message from Second Stride Inc. founder & executive director Kim Smith:

I thought long and hard about how to help out the racehorses in our community after a look into the non-profit racehorse retirement world proved discouraging back in 2005. I found the system to be loaded with red tape that discouraged racehorse owners from donating horses. Many owners don't like losing control over the placement of their horses, or they don't like the hassle of getting them vanned to the site, plus fulfilling the many health requirements and paper work.

For this reason, I decided to offer a place for owners to send thoroughbred horses to retire from racing with dignity. Our farms have retraining facilities and services to give racehorses a new career. While the horses are being retrained, we network for them to ensure a timely transition into new and loving homes.

We will place horses in qualified resale homes, because our experience is that they provide a better service to the horse. Even the kindest ex-racer can be young and impressionable, so how they are treated and trained over their first year away from the track influences the useability they will have for the rest of their lives. The best initial homes are with experienced trainers who work with the horses for the time it takes to get them solidly started in a new career before reselling them.

We ask for donations to cover expenses including board, farrier health care, and retraining for those horses who are ready. We do not have a veterinarian on staff for the program at this time, so our horses have not been vet certified as sound for any particular job. Due to our limitation on space, we try to only take in what appear to be sound, sane, serviceable horses. We will network for other horses and do our best to help provide contacts and placement options for those that we can't take on our farms.

Another goal of our program is to fill cracks that may exist in other equine rescue and rehoming programs. While all programs serve a great purpose, our program was designed to champion the Thoroughbred horses bred, raised and raced in our wonderful Bluegrass state of Kentucky. Our program provides several things that some other programs do not:

  • We can take in uncastrated colts, facilitate the castrations and acclimate the horses to general herd life afterwards.
  • We can break horses that have not been handled much, or yearlings and retired broodmares that were never broke to ride.
  • We can start retraining retired racehorses and find the niche they could serve for the general riding public.

We strive to educate the riding community about the Thoroughbred racehorse and the racing industry. Second Stride also strives to educate the racing community about the needs of a general riding horse owner and the transitional needs of a horse right off the track. We found that proper handling for the first 3-6 months of these horses increased the success rate of a permanent match into a new job, and dramatically stopped the rotating of horses back and forth into the programs from failed matches. We found adopters and racehorse owners very willing to do the right thing, with patience, and financial support of the cause if they have the means.

We've developed a training program that dramatically decreases the transitional time of racehorses to a new career. We are proud of our horses, our adopters and our donating owners. We would like to thank each and every one of you and appreciate your continued support. Without you and our volunteers we could not function! Together we made a difference in the lives of so many horses.

We always welcome VOLUNTEERS with experience in fundraising and a passion for helping retired thoroughbred racehorses, as we work toward our goal to develop a financial base of support to care for more horses. Please email us at if you'd like to help.

Retired racehorse "BOMB SITE", ADOPTED in 2004.

Many thanks to Jane and her family for their continued support of our program.

More photos of Bomb Site ("Bomber") enjoying his new career with Jane >>

2014: It's been 10 years since Bomb Site was adopted by Jane.

Their bond is as strong as ever. Here is "Bomber" featured in one of Jane's wedding photos, 2013. Thank you Jane for sharing your very beautiful and inspiring photos with us over the years, and for your support of Second Stride.

Bomb Site's impressive pedigree >>