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 the extremely personable SOMETHING AWESOME as our thoroughbred ambassador. Thank you to Adena Springs for trusting us with his care and transition to a new career after racing. Something Awesome is now in charge of greeting visitors to our Oldham County, Kentucky farm location. Schedule your visit with Something Awesome and a tour of our farm >>
Adopt a horse
Stone Hands
  • 7 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Tapizar (Tapit ) out of Honeycomb Gus by Is It True
  • Bred in Kentucky
  • 16 plus hand  gelding with 45 starts under his belt. Winner of over $230,000, a true warhorse.

    He was safely transitioned to us from his prior connections and our partners in Puerto Rico. He does have arthritic ankles.

    He is a big guy with a lot of energy and potential to excel at his second career. He is adjusting to his journey back to the bluegrass and to retired life.

    Full entry eval pending

Palm Desert Island
  • 14 year old thoroughbred mare
  • Unbridle's Song (Unbridled) out of Desert Stormer by Storm Cat
  • Bred in Kentucky
  • 16.1 hands she is ready for career number 3! She ran one race in 2011 and has been retired ever since.

    She is not suitable to be a broodmare as she has lost her last few foals. She is a lovely lady with a lot to offer! She is full of charm and love and enjoys being groomed. She stands well in the wash rack and for tacking up. She loves being out with her friends and gets along well with everybody. We are told she had no injuries.

    She will be suitable for any lower level discipline but the more laid back the better. She enjoys children and with training would be suitable for an experienced child rider.

    Full eval pending.

Nacho Friend
  • 14 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Friend's Lake (A.P. Indy) out of You'renotlistening by Kennedy Road
  • Bred in Kentucky
  • 16.3 hands. Nacho is a race winner of $398,406. A true hardworking warhorse. He last raced in December 2011. We were not told of any injuries.

    Nacho is a big bodied gelding that turns out well with others. He has spent the last several years on 24/7 turnout and has done very well. When Nacho first arrived, he was nervous when separated from his friends, however, in the last few days  he has gained self confidence and is calm when under tack.  With more time and patience, he should work through this completely. Nacho needs to relearn his manners as he was not handled very much in his time off. He does walk well on a lead rope. He is calm in the stall and stood fairly well for the vet and farrier. He loves to be groomed and will stand ground tied for a good mane pull. Nacho is very kind and does enjoy being with people

    Nacho enjoys being with his friends in the field and settles down to graze quickly. He adjusted well to being in the stall at night. He shows no vices in or out of the stall.

    Nacho will need a patient, soft handed, experienced trainer to help him through his transition.  Even better, if you can work with him daily to help him along quicker. He did listen well under tack and was not spooky to anything. He will be best suited for trails, but, with proper training, you could explore more sporty options for him. He would probably do best in a home with other horses.

    His world has changed greatly in the past few days and he is taking it like a champ.


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