Our Mission

Second Stride’s mission is to provide professional rehabilitation, retraining and placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses with qualified adopters.

We specialize in giving transitioning thoroughbreds the proper care and quality training they need to succeed in something new. 

Since our founding in 2005, we have placed over 1,700 retired thoroughbred racehorses and other thoroughbreds in need with qualified adopters around the country.




Second Stride is proud to have 2014 Kentucky Derby contender, General A Rod as our ambassador! He would love to welcome you to our Oldham County, Kentucky farm for a tour.
Adopt a horse
Your the Cat
  • 4 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Kitten's Joy (El Prado (IRE)) out of Uniformly Yours by Grand Slam
  • Bred in MD
  • 16.1 plus hands. He last worked on 5/10/24 and never raced. We were not told of any injuries, but the trainer did state he would get pressure in his fetlocks.

    Cat is settling into farm life and learning to relax. He is a bit high strung right now, but as time goes on we expect him to settle and relax. He will need a more experienced handler/rider at this time to keep his mind on the task at hand and learn his new job as he can be easily distracted at this time.

    Cat is a kind boy that was good for his grooming session. He stands well for the vet and farrier and seems to be willing to learn and respect his handlers.

    He should be suitable for any discipline after he lets down from the track. A nice project for those of you that like a challenge.



Taman Guard
  • 11 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Midnight Lute (Real Quiet) out of Bellastrega by Deputy Minister
  • Bred in FL
  •  16.1 hands. He last raced in 2018 and earned over $147,000. We were not told of any injuries.

    Husband horse or trail riding extraordinaire! Taman is a kind, easy going and sensible gelding who would be perfect in a family setting, or on long treks through state parks. On his first trail ride, he was willing and brave, tackling fields, woods, beehives and a lake with no problem. He was happy in the middle of the group and also took the lead. He has a big, steady, comfortable walk, keeps his cool when horse flies are around, and he stayed at the walk when others cantered by. He can be ridden on a loose rein and listens well to leg and seat aids.

    On the ground, Taman is friendly and easy going. He gets along with a variety of pasture mates and is very polite with his handlers. Taman walks well on a lead rope, trailers well and doesn’t seem to have any vices. He has lived outside 24/7 for many years but also can be happy in a stall. Taman enjoys a nice grooming session and doesn’t seem to mind clippers. He stands well for the vet and farrier and seems to be an intelligent and classy middle-aged gelding.

    Taman will be suitable for trail riding and light flatwork.

    Taman is barefoot for now and doing fine. On rough footing, he would need the protection of shoes or hoof boots.

Eli’s Quest
  • 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Liam's Map (Unbridled's Song) out of Meg Giry by Eskendereya
  • Bred in KY
  • 16 hands. He never raced and retired in March of 2024 with an irritated tendon on the left front. We are not sure of when he originally had the bow.

    Eli is currently on turnout with other geldings and doing well. He is respectful of his friends and his handlers. He was well behaved for grooming and bathing and seems to enjoy the interaction. Eli stays quiet in his stall and settles down quickly to graze upon turnout.

    Eli is learning about life off the track and will need an adopter that can give him the time and patience he needs to learn about his new surroundings. Once he becomes comfortable, he is a lovely horse to work with and be around.

    Eli stands well for the vet and farrier. He should be suitable for any discipline.


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