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
Stompin Gianni
  • 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • I'm Steppin It Up (Congrats) out of Janealee by Medallist
  • Bred in MD
  • 16 hands. He retired with 2 bowed tendons. We do have scans. He is sound and going out with others. He never raced and has no published works. He has a condition called fibrotic myopathy which is scarring on the muscle that causes the nerve to fire and makes him stomp his foot when he walks. It doesn’t affect his ability to be a trail horse or even a low level jumper. He just has a funny walk that adds to his personality! He won’t be a significant show horse but he can try at lower levels. He shouldn’t have any type of toe grab on his shoes.

    Gianni will melt your heart with his cuteness and quirky way of going. His personality is addictive and you will fall in love with him at first sight! He is extremely kind and gentle and loves his friends and people. He is quiet in the stall and settles down quickly to graze in the field.

    We haven’t seen any vices.


Preacher Amos
  • 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Neolithic (Harlan's Holiday) out of Island Storm by Langfuhr
  • Bred in FL
  • 15.1 hands. He last raced on 11/25/22 and retired sound but slow. He does have small chip in his right knee that doesn’t need to come out and doesn’t bother him at all. Barn name Cody.

    Cody is a cute, little guy with a loving and kind personality. He is sound and retired without injury. Just not much of a racehorse. He is cleared for any discipline and with training, should really excel in his next job! A great project horse to bring up through the ranks as high as you both can go!

    He is turned out with other geldings and does great. He is quiet in his stall and was good for the vet.

    Ride eval pending.

Wave Warrior
  • 10 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Candy Ride (ARG) (Ride The Rails) out of Island Sand by Tabasco Cat
  • Bred in KY
  • 16.1 hands. He last raced in 2017 and is sound. He has shown through preliminary level three-day eventing. He is registered with the USEA and USEF. Barn name Topper. He does have 3 screws in his right fetlock.

    Topper showed USEA sanctioned shows in the Open divisions of  Novice, Training and Preliminary Level.  To date his career boosts no cross country jumping penalties, and only 8 stadium jumping penalties. He is a brave, reliable jumper. He won the Ocala Winter II horse trial Open Training division finishing on his dressage score of 33.6 in March of 2022.

    Donated by his amateur owner as a fundraising opportunity for the other transitioning horses of Second Stride. They feel he is best suited for a rider dedicated to one horse and wanting to do big things. Or perhaps one that just wants to hit the trails even. He at times will buck with out warning for them and the current owner is a pleasure rider not wanting that level of athleticism. The horse has had top level care and full vetting to explore any issues. This could be a wonderful opportunity to help the horses of our program transition while getting a horse for a fraction of it’s show level value.

    He has X-ray releases on file.


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