Who we are

We’re a group of dedicated racing industry professionals providing a safe path to a new career for our thoroughbred stars of the bluegrass state.

Second Stride provides professional rehabilitation, retraining and placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses. The program specializes in giving retired thoroughbreds the proper care and quality training they need to succeed in something new.

Visit our Oldham County, Kentucky farm to learn about Second Stride, and see our amazing adoptable thoroughbreds preparing for new careers. Tours last 1 hour and can be booked by appointment at flexible times and days. For best availability please request tours with as much notice as possible. This is an outdoor walking tour, so dress accordingly. Visitors will leave with a gift from the Bluegrass! To visit our facility and our adoptable horses, contact: info@secondstride.org

Second Stride is proud to have 2014 Kentucky Derby contender, GENERAL A ROD as our newest ambassador! Thank you to Skychai Racing LLCand Hot Pink Stables for trusting us with his care while he is with us. General a Rod started 18 times and amassed a total of $553,177 in earnings with a 5/2/1/ record. Retired in 2016, he spent a few years at stud before coming to Second Stride. General would love to welcome you to the farm for a tour. If you would like to take a tour of our Oldham County, Kentucky farm location and see how Second Stride helps thoroughbreds click the following link. Schedule your visit with our horses and a tour of our farm >>
Adopt a horse
Mischievous Guy
  • 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday) out of Kappa Gama by Orientate
  • Bred in FL
  • 16 hands. He last raced on 1/27/22 and retired with a left hind suspensory ligament rupture. He had surgery and does have hardware in the leg. We do have the radiographs.

    Don’t let his name fool you. He isn’t a mischievous guy. He is quite kind and easy going. He is recovering well from his injury. Currently he is on round pen turnout until the end of June.

    He seems levelheaded and curious. He is a cribber, controlled with a strap. He stays quiet in his stall and doesn’t pester his neighbors. He is respectful of his handlers and trustworthy. Due to his injury, he is going to make the world’s greatest trail horse and is looking forward to all the adventures he will get to go on with you.

    Ride eval pending.

Lil Missy
  • 2 year old thoroughbred filly
  • Lord Nelson (Pulpit) out of Bourbon Queen by Successful Appeal
  • Bred in Ky
  • 15.2 hands. She never raced and has no published works. She is currently sound.

    Missy is a mighty little filly that just wasn’t fast enough to race. She will make a great project for you and should be able to go in any direction you want to take her. She has settled in nicely to her new surroundings and doesn’t seem spooky. She has no vices in her stall but does like to peek over the wall at her neighbor to have a little chat. She seems levelheaded and is respectful of her handlers. Easy to groom and handle.

    A lovely little mare. She goes out at night with her friends and does well. In the stall she has no vices. We haven’t seen any naughty behavior from this youngster. She is only a 2 year old and may still have some growing to do.

    Ride eval pending.

Bernie’s Weekend
  • 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Bernardini (A. P. Indy) out of Ascot Eye by Daaher
  • Bred in KY
  • 15.2 hands. He last worked on 5/5/22 and retired with a knee chip. We do have radiographs. The chips were removed in September 2021 but he does have a new chip that it is not recommended for removal. He trots soundly but is slightly positive with flexion.

    Bernie is the sweetest gelding you could ever meet. He follows you around the barn and wants to know what you’re up to. He loves being groomed and just being with people in general. He stands well for vet and farrier and is just an all-around great guy. Bernie will be best suited for trail life but could pop over a log or two while out on the trails.

    Bernie has settled into farm life with ease and is no trouble in the stall or round pen. A cute little horse with a huge heart in need of love!

    Ride eval pending.



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