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 transitioned the extremely personable SOMETHING AWESOME. Something Awesome was our thoroughbred ambassador for a year between 2020-2021. Thank you to Adena Springs for trusting us with his care and transition to a new career after racing. Something Awesome was adopted in October of 2021 and is now in a show barn and much loved by all who meet him. 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
  • 2 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) out of Moonlight Sonata by Carson City
  • Bred in Kentucky
  • 16.3 hands and growing. He has no published works and has never raced. We are told he last breezed in March where he fractured his left front P1 (pastern). It was surgically repaired with 2 screws. Our vet says it is healing beautifully and he is now sound and ready to train. He may develop arthritis in the future. We do have radiographs.

    He is a huge gelding with legs for days. He has settled in well and adjusting to off track life. We have not seen any vices and he keeps to himself in the stall. He was a little fidgety for our vet but was respectful of  both the vet and handler. He has a beautiful hunter type build and way of going. He is very good for a 2 year old and very kind.

    He will be a clean slate to train at full athletic ability.

’20 Pale Moon
  • 1 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • More Than Ready (Southern Halo) out of Pale Moon(GB) by Dansili(GB)
  • Bred in Kentucky
  • 14.3 plus hands and growing. Moon never raced and has no published works.

    A special gelding with a heart that aims to please. He is very kind and enjoys his grooming sessions. He stands well and likes to watch and see what your are doing. He stands by his stall door looking out to see the happenings going on around the barn. A curious fellow for sure! He is a gentleman for the vet and is learning to stand for the farrier. He is not broke to ride.

    Moon is looking for a home where he could be used for showmanship, companionship or possibly welcoming visitors to your bed and breakfast at this time. He was not fit for racing due to several issues. His left front fetlock has a large abaxial fracture medial sesamoid at the medial suspensory branch attachment. His left hock is severely compressed with some malformation and mild to severe degenerative joint disease. His right hock is also showing compression with malformation and mild to severe degenerative joint disease. Both hocks can be treated with injections. He is sound and is not bothered by his issues. Obviously, the hocks issues will limit him. Once they are fused will determine if he could do more.

    Moon turns out well other geldings and settles in quickly to graze. He was brave his first time seeing our arena while other horses were running in their pastures around him. A brave boy. He showed no hesitation walking over ground poles and was not spooky at all. He does like to stop and take things in but moves on without issue.

    Moon is a great partner and can teach children showmanship skills or help you get back into the equestrian world!


Shorty’s Tuff
  • 2 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Unbridled Express (Unbridled's Song) out of Hunchun Crown by Dehere
  • Bred in Indiana
  • 15.3 hands. He retired with a nondisplaced left front sesamoid fracture that occurred on 10/27/21. He has no published works and never raced.

    Shorty is a very a sensible, laid back gelding with a striking look to him. He carries himself with confidence and had no issues walking up our driveway upon arrival on a very windy day. He stays quiet in his stall and has settled in nicely. He is very kind to work with and causes no problems in the stall.

    Shorty currently is on  stall rest for 30 days. Early December he will start hand walking  for 30 days. Early January, if the fracture is healing properly, he will begin 30 days  round pen turnout. Early February, if healing properly, he can be turned out in a small paddock for 30 days.  After 4 months proper rehab and if the fracture is healing properly he may start slowly back to light riding. Our vet stated he should return to full athletic ability with proper rehab.

    Ride eval pending.


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