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
Declare The Moon
  • 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Declaration Of War (War Front) out of Moon Struck Nemi by Malibu Moon
  • Bred in KY
  • 16.1 plus hands. Moon last raced on 11/6/22 and retired with a severely torn suspensory. He is currently being hand walked. In early January, he will be turned out in a smaller paddock/round pen for 30 days. In early February, he will need to be reassessed by your vet to see if he is ready to start back to light work. Moon is learning the laid-back way of the farm and is taking it all in stride. He is quiet in his stall and we have not seen any vices. He keeps to himself and enjoys his grain!

    Moon has a fun personality and is intelligent and listens well to his handlers. He likes to snuggle his head in your chest and enjoys a good treat for his efforts!

    He was castrated on 12/1/22.

    Moon is a kind, playful and energetic boy. He is very green and will need a lot of groundwork to help with his transition. At this time, he will need an experienced rider/handler. Moon is a striking youngster that will turn heads wherever he goes, a real showstopper!

    He is suitable for flatwork once properly rehabilitated.

    We do have scans.

    Ride eval pending.

List Maker
  • 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) out of Busy Bev by Not For Love
  • Bred in KY
  • 15.3 hands. He last worked on 9/30/22. He has a history of fractured canon bone as a 2-year-old. He reaggravated the injury earlier this month and was retired. We do have x-rays.

    He was castrated on 12/1/22.

    List is a very affectionate boy who enjoys attention and love. He is kind and easy going and stands well for his grooming sessions. He was good for the vet and will stand still with a good pacifier to chew on.

    List has a great personality and will be the most popular horse in the barn!

    List should be suitable for any discipline but will need until early spring 2023 before starting to jump.

    Ride eval pending.


Gallant George
  • 4 year old thoroughbred gelding
  • Orb (Malibu Moon) out of Dixietwostepper by More Than Ready
  • Bred in NY
  • 16.1 plus hands. He last ran on 11/6/22. He has an old left front condylar fracture that occurred when he was 2. He does have a screw. He is currently sound.

    George is an energetic boy that will need a confident rider/handler to teach him groundwork and help him with his transition. Smart, hardworking and curious, he was successful on the racetrack. He is cleared to train in any discipline. He has a fun and infectious personality.

    George has a forward trot and canter and is willing to do whatever is asked of him. He is good for grooming and enjoys the attention. He stood well for the vet and farrier. George is the leader of the herd in the field but does play well with others.


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